PUSH has been building affordable homes for over 10 years. We focus on new projects that are 100% affordable to households earning below 50% of Area Median Income.
In 2007, PUSH established its first rental property as a centerpiece of affordable housing and local job creation. Our first two properties, which were acquired and rehabilitated by our organization and our members, were 3-unit buildings on Massachusetts Avenue and Chenango Street. Our net zero home was completed in 2011 on 10 Winter Street.
We have completed 70 apartments in 27 buildings throughout the Green Development Zone. Future projects include 43 new apartments, including 30 affordable homes for seniors at School 77.
Our community organizing work has highlighted the need not only for affordable housing but also on the problem of high utility bills for community members. As a result, we make sure that all of our rental properties have energy-efficient features to help lower renters utility bills.
PUSH Buffalo’s housing arm, Buffalo Neighborhood Stabilization Company, Inc. (BNSC) – is a non-profit housing corporation dedicated to creating affordable housing units on the Massachusetts Avenue Corridor of Buffalo’s West Side. It was created in 2009 to address the growing housing needs found in the organization’s growing Green Development Zone.
BNSC’s mission is to:
- Increase access to quality, affordable housing by substantially increasing the number of units being renovated and constructed each year
- Enhance the neighborhood fabric by coordinating investments in infrastructure and rehabilitate vacant lots. (BNSC currently owns 30 lots, which have been developed as clean and green spaces, community gardens and rain garden demonstration projects.)
- Prevent gentrification and displacement of residents by ensuring affordable rental and homeowner housing units
- Act as a land bank to acquire vacant housing and lots and stabilize them in preparation for development
Apply for Housing
If you’re looking for affordable housing, please be aware that all of PUSH’s housing has a waiting list. To put your name on a waiting list, you will need to fill out an application. Applications may be downloaded below:
or submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org to have one mailed or faxed to you.
ALL applications must be COMPLETELY FILLED OUT and sent to:
c/o Diego Carrasquillo
456 Massachusetts Ave
Buffalo NY, 14213
You can also stop by our rental office located at 456 Massachusetts Ave to pick up an application. Please call 716-882-2672 for office times.
Several of PUSH’s apartments are managed by our partner Housing Visions, who has a separate application process. Applications for the apartments they manage can be found at http://housingvisions.org/?page_id=1109 or at their rental office at 527 W. Utica. They can be reached at 716-322-5732