Buffalo, NY

2021 Regional Investments

Grantee Organizations: Community Network for Education, Connection and Transformation (CoNECT); People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo); Heart of the City Neighborhoods

With support from Convergence Partnership, these three organizations will work to build grassroots neighborhood infrastructure for community health workers, organizers, and advocates to effectively coordinate their efforts; and to develop social justice ecosystems and models at the neighborhood level to sustain community organizations, organizing, and engagement across the city of Buffalo. 

    Community Network for Education, Connection and Transformation (CoNECT)

    Community Network for Education, Connection and Transformation (CoNECT) provides education, networking, and support to ensure all people and communities have the resources and power they need to realize their full potential for health and well-being, with a focus on diversity, inclusion, and equity. CoNECT was formed by a group of frontline workers working alongside community members to define their own challenges and solutions around healthcare, public health, housing, education, environment, food access, and social services.

    People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo)

    People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo) mobilizes residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality, affordable housing; expand local hiring opportunities; and advance economic and environmental justice in Buffalo. PUSH members work with partners and funders to create a healthy, just, and strong city that includes community control of resources, living wage jobs and access to quality education, healthcare, and transportation.

    Heart of the City Neighborhoods (HOCN)

    Heart of the City Neighborhoods (HOCN) works together with residents, neighborhood organizations, financial institutions, and real estate professionals to make Buffalo’s core communities a better place to live. HOCN stabilizes homeownership through repairing occupied housing, and ensures tenants have increased access to safe, affordable housing opportunities.

    2020 Covid Response Grants

    Grantee Organizations: Community Network for Education, Connection and Transformation; Partnership for the Public Good; People United for Sustainable Housing

    With support from Convergence Partnership, these organizations: 

    • Adapted and redeployed community health workers to support the most vulnerable during the pandemic, including developing a supportive housing plan for low-income pregnant and new mothers;
    • Developed a “Just Recovery” policy agenda based on community priorities and passed critical housing policy changes at the city level, including eviction prevention, housing court reforms, and the first-ever proactive rental inspection legislation that also includes a provision for community health workers accompanying housing inspectors; and, 
    • Engaged and organized Buffalo residents to advocate for the “Just Recovery” agenda, including advocating to influence how funds from the CARES Act were directed locally, prioritizing housing protections for low-income communities and communities of color.

    Community Network for Education, Connection and Transformation (CoNECT)

    Community Network for Education, Connection and Transformation (CoNECT) provides education, networking, and support to ensure all people and communities have the resources and power they need to realize their full potential for health and well-being, with a focus on diversity, inclusion, and equity. CoNECT was formed by a group of frontline workers in healthcare, public health, and community-based organizations alongside the communities they serve. Together they work to empower community members to define their own challenges and opportunities and take action to self-determine their future, in the areas of healthcare, public health, housing, education, environment, food access, and social services.

    Partnership for the Public Good (PPG)

    Partnership for the Public Good (PPG) is a community-based think tank that builds a more just, sustainable, and culturally vibrant Buffalo-Niagara region through action-oriented research, policy development, and citizen engagement. PPG’s strength lies in its membership of 305 partners from a wide range of organizations, including block clubs, service providers, environmental groups, museums, faith groups, businesses, and philanthropy. These partners propose and vote on an annual policy agenda for which they advocate with decisionmakers and elected officials.

    People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo)

    People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo) mobilizes residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality, affordable housing; to expand local hiring opportunities; and to advance economic and environmental justice in Buffalo. PUSH’s members are the community organizers who make affordable housing a reality in Buffalo. PUSH members work with partners and funders to create a healthy, just, and strong city that includes community control of resources, living wage jobs, and access to quality education, healthcare, and transportation.