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HCR Partner Wins Worldwide Recognition for Innovative, Sustainable Affordable Housing

PUSH Buffalo Received First Award under HCR's Sustainable Neighborhoods Program

People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo was the first recipient of a grant under HCR's Sustainable Neighborhoods Demonstration Program (SNDP), which Governor Cuomo included in his Urban Agenda, and now PUSH is the first U.S. organization to win the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of State and the American Planning Association's Ashoka Changemaker's Sustainable Urban Housing: Collaborating for Liveable and Inclusive Cities competition. The competition honors the three most innovative solutions that engage multiple partners in developing affordable, inclusive, sustainable urban housing.

HCR's investment in and partnership with PUSH has leveraged multiple program resources and private partnerships and helped the organization gain international acclaim for its efforts to rebuild Buffalo neighborhoods.

The Sustainable Neighborhoods Demonstration Program uses existing resources to help local governments, municipal housing authorities and not-for-profits turn vacant buildings, blight, and distressed properties into quality affordable homes and green space. PUSH is utilizing a $500,000 SNDP award to create a "vacancy free" neighborhood, revitalizing a 20-block area on Buffalo's west side.

PUSH has partnered with HCR through other programs as well, including Housing Trust Fund, Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Urban Initiatives, and the NY Main Street Program. For example, PUSH utilized a NY Main Street Program award of $500,000 to assist 12 commercial and eight residential units and fund streetscape improvements in the Grant-Ferry neighborhood. The "Gateway to Grant" project leveraged private investment and is also being funded by the property owners, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

News clips on PUSH's International recognition:

Last Updated: 04/18/2011