News Archive

  • City of Buffalo Launches Home Grown Homeownership Program October 18, 2018 The City of Buffalo is now offering a great first-time homebuyer opportunity for eligible purchasers to buy and rehabilitate a home from the Division of Real Estate’s inventory. Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. (HOCN) is currently assisting homebuyers with processing applications for the City of Buffalo’s Home Grown Homeownership (HGH) Program. Eligible low-income, first time ...
  • Better Buffalo Fund provides $7.7 million for 11 city projects June 28, 2018 June 22, 2018 – Buffalo News Click here to view original article By Matt Glynn The Better Buffalo Fund will give $7.7 million worth of financial support to 11 projects aimed at revitalizing neighborhoods within the City of Buffalo. The fund, part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion program, supports housing, retail and business projects near public transportation. Lt. ...
  • Despite setbacks, Bailey Green project pushes ahead with houses, urban farm January 22, 2018 January 15, 2018 – Buffalo News Click here to view original article. By Mark Sommer The Bailey Green project on the East Side was started by a neighborhood business, guided by an internationally acclaimed plan and has had the involvement of the University at Buffalo and community organizations like Habitat for Humanity Buffalo. About two years ago Harmac ...
  • Happy Holidays from HOCN December 20, 2017 Over the last 19 years, 216 homes in the City of Buffalo have been preserved for sustainable living, thanks to Heart of the City Neighborhoods and the competitive funding we received. In 2017 alone, we expanded our reach from the West Side communities into Buffalo’s Ellicott District, working with the City of Buffalo to provided ...
  • Inclusionary Zoning Recommendation for Buffalo October 26, 2016 You know we value affordable housing, which is why we support adopting an Inclusionary Zoning Policy in the City of Buffalo. The City of Buffalo is experiencing fast-rising rents and housing prices in the midst of severe and growing poverty. New housing is being built, with generous subsidies from the taxpayers, but most of it ...
  • Available Position at HOCN! July 13, 2016 Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. is currently seeking to fill the position of Community Enrichment Coordinator. Heart of the City Neighborhoods (HOCN), a 501(c)3 Community Development Corporation is seeking to hire a part-time Community Enrichment Coordinator starting September 1st, 2016. This position will assist HOCN staff with its current affordable housing programs, focused on increasing access ...
  • First Niagara Foundation Makes $100,000 In Grants June 14, 2016 June 14, 2016 – 10:57 AM Buffalo News Click here to view original article.   The First Niagara Foundation is providing more than $100,000 in grants, aimed at supporting neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing. One of the two grants, for $58,000, will provide access to affordable housing and financial literacy education. The Foundation will partner with Heart of the ...
  • Residents encouraged to buy a home as rents increase in Buffalo June 1, 2016 June 1, 2016, 6:01pm WIVB Channel 4 News Buffalo By Callan Gray News 4 Reporter Click here to view original story.     BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Renters in Buffalo are being priced out of some neighborhoods because of rising costs. A number of real estate experts told News 4 there is little affordable housing on Buffalo’s West Side. Now, residents are ...
  • Volunteers Needed! April 19, 2016 Heart of the City Neighborhoods (HOCN) has two volunteer-driven events coming up this Spring, and we need YOUR help to make them a success! Volunteer-led community beautification projects help to revitalize and reinvest in communities that have experienced poverty and disinvestment. These projects go a long way to add investment, promote ongoing investment, create more ...
  • Bailey Green Project Aims to Improve Neighborhood April 8, 2016   Thursday, April 07, 2016 5:55PM, WGRZ  By Erica Brecher View Original Article and Video   BUFFALO, N.Y. — There’s a group of people who want Western New Yorkers to stop thinking of Buffalo’s East Side as a separate part of the city. They hope their work and investment in those neighborhoods will help make Buffalo whole again. A woman named ...