Hope Services Launches IfThen Campaign


We’re excited to announce that Matt Urban’s Hope Services team has launched a unique fundraising campaign using a brand new, locally developed website called IfThen.

With IfThen, a nonprofit launches a 12-month campaign outlining a monthly action promise—an action that they promise to deliver every month, for 12 months. Our Hope Services team has committed to securing long-term housing for 10 or more individuals experiencing homelessness each month.

This commitment is incredibly important in our agency’s target neighborhood, Broadway-Fillmore, where 44 percent of residents live below the poverty level, putting them at risk for homelessness. Our Hope Services staff not only work to provide housing for those experiencing homelessness – they connect them with wraparound services to help them attain long-term financial stability.

By becoming a donor to Hope Services’ IfThen campaign, you’re investing in action. Help us reach our fundraising goal and continue our fight against homelessness. You can donate just $10 per month and make a huge difference! Click here to visit our campaign page and learn more about how IfThen works.

Hope Center Youth Get Free Haircuts

Youth from the Hope Center’s after school program were given the opportunity to get a free haircut this week. Damone, owner of X-Pressions Barber Shop on Broadway and Strauss Street, brought his crew of barbers to the Hope Center and gave free cuts to all the kids. Our agency is very lucky to have such generous partners in our community!

Matt Urban Center Gives New Life to Neglected Homes

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The Matt Urban Center’s community development efforts are expanding as they work to revitalize two properties in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood and one in South Buffalo, all to be marketed to first time homebuyers.

Renovation work is well underway at 928 and 933 Fillmore Avenue and 21 South Ryan Street. All three properties were full gut rehabs and required new roofs, siding, paint, and interior fixtures and mechanicals. The agency is working with Continue reading “Matt Urban Center Gives New Life to Neglected Homes”

Happy New Year from MUC

Last year was a very busy, hectic and productive year for the Matt Urban Center. We were able to work on many amazing projects including completed construction on our HELP Buffalo II Apartments and expanded youth programming in City of Buffalo schools. As we enter 2018, we look forward to expanding on our successes and growing even more with the community. We will be starting a full rehabilitation and renovation of former PS 57 to add 27 units of affordable housing for women and children and greatly expand on the services currently being offered at our Hope Center. We are also reinvesting $3 million in the renovation of our Lewis Street T.J. Wojnar Apartments to improve accessibility, technologies and other amenities for our seniors. Whether it is providing advocacy and support for innocent victims of crime, serving hot meals to area residents at our Urban Diner, or increasing our after school programming for at risk neighborhood youth, we are continually looking for successful programs and strategies to assist the community in becoming self-sustaining. We look forward to the year ahead and hope you enjoy our revamped website. Stay tuned for more updates on Matt Urban Center programs, news and events!

Here’s to a happy, healthy, safe and affordable 2018!