Housing Programs Congratulations to the Housing Department for being awarded the City of Buffalo Community Partnerships Initiative contract for the Fillmore and Lovejoy Districts. The goal of this initiative is to build and sustain healthy and stable neighborhoods, create affordable housing rehabilitation and homeowner opportunities, and address neighborhood quality of life issues. Thank you to the City of Buffalo. Please call 893.7222 x 220 for information on City of Buffalo funded Owner Occupied Housing Repair Grants!
Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance Funds are available to assist low income first time home buyers. Call 893-7222x 231 for information.
Agency Owned and/or Operated Real Estate- call 893-7222 x 222 for information *Monroe Place- 296 Monroe Street, Buffalo, NY *Parkview Senior Apartments- 104 Lewis Street, Buffalo, NY
*Help Buffalo's Hickory Street Apartments- Broadway, Buffalo, NY *AWA- 185 Rother Avenue, Buffalo, NY ~Matt Urban Center's Tenants Association at AWA Community Garden Project-AWA tenants are growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers which will be available for sale. These items will be grown on raised beds in back of our building (lots are on Sycamore). The idea is to show our tenants how to grow their own healthy, safe and affordable food, provide an employment opportunity, as well as teach what real food is as opposed to the abundance of fat-, sugar-and preservative-laden items found on store shelves.
*Hope Gardens- 58 Oberlin, Buffalo, NY- Recently opened in December 2014! Hope Gardens is a 20 unit apartment complex for homeless women.
Housing Court Liaison and Receivership Administration The Housing Department continues to serve as the Fillmore District liaison for Housing Court. In this capacity, we represent the district in court and work to address quality of life issues for our residents. Through the Receivership Program, Housing Court Judge Carney appoints the Matt Urban Center to make necessary repairs and address code violations in rented neglected properties throughout the City of Buffalo. Currently, we have over 80 units in receivership. The Housing Department has been working closely with the Homeless Outreach Program to place displaced tenants as a result of City Court Order's to Vacate. Call 893-7222x 214 for information.
Community Development The Housing Department continues to attend the East Buffalo Good Neighbors Planning Alliance, Weed and Seed, the Broadway Area Business Association, and Buffalo Green Code meetings to provide support and market our various programs.
Maya Shermer joined our team as Housing Specialist in 2014. Community development, healthy neighborhoods and environmental issues are topics that were a main focus during Maya’s recent graduate studies at UB. Her recent positions with a West Side nonprofit housing agency and UB’s Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab have allowed her to work with diverse populations and actively engage with communities on a number of community health and place oriented initiatives. Please call her for information on our housing repair grants!
Lynn Wardour, Construction Analyst
Lynn has been with the agency since 2011. He has over 35 years of construction management experience. Lynn is an Associate Professor of Building Management and Maintenance and assists us wioth our Owner Occupied Housing Programs.
Will came to Matt Urban in 2016 as a Property Manager in the Housing Department. There are 4 specialized apartment buildings that Will oversees. A Rochester native, Will earned his B.S. in Education from Buffalo State College. Besides his experience in property management, Will worked in the non-profit, human services field for over 10 years in the capacity of Human Resources Manager. Will was a volunteer Suicide Intervention Phone Counselor for 4 years with Crisis Services. A dog and animal lover, Will is a volunteer foster for at risk Pit Bulls through the rescue/rehab group Educate-A-Bull. He has 2 dogs and 3 cats of his own, including his first foster dog “Kitty”, a deaf Pit Bull who won his heart during her rehab. Will is committed to community action and believes that safe and affordable housing should be available to everyone.
Delia Ferguson joined our team in June 2015 as Community Housing Specialist. She has a Masters in Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo and a Postgraduate Diploma in Construction and Project Management from Queens University Belfast. She is committed to improving housing and quality of life in the City of Buffalo, as well as encouraging sustainable economic development. She has past work experience as a Teaching Assistant in the Dept. of Urban Planning at UB, and also in facilities management, and transportation.
Housing Staff with 2012 United Way Day of Caring Volunteers
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