The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Neighborhood Alliance will be hosting a sustainable housing forum later this month to discuss innovative housing and mixed-use programs for the City of Jamestown’s future. Guest speaker of the evening will be Jennifer Kaminsky, Director of Planning and Community Development for People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo).
PUSH Buffalo’s mission is to mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality affordable housing, expand local hiring opportunities, and to advance economic justice in Buffalo. PUSH Buffalo was founded by Aaron Bartley and Eric Walker in 2005 and is the community organizing entity that works with partners and funders to create a strong, healthy city. The program organizes community control of resources, living wage jobs, and access to quality education, healthcare and transportation. PUSH Buffalo was established to:
- Create strong neighborhoods with quality affordable housing
- Decrease the rate of housing abandonment by reclaiming empty houses from neglectful public and private owners and redeveloping them for occupancy by low-income residents
- Develop neighborhood leaders capable of gaining community control over the development process and planning for the future of the neighborhood
Kaminsky’s presentation, which will be held in the Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center located at 119-121 W. 3rd Street, is intended to gain insight into PUSH Buffalo’s innovative housing programs and provide a forum for discussing the types of programs our community might look to implement.
“PUSH Buffalo is a model for how Jamestown might undertake creative projects that result in the provision of new, safe, and affordable housing and mixed-use projects for the community,” said Mark Geise, Senior Planner for JRC. “We need to learn from other successful programs, and having an organization such as PUSH Buffalo coming here to enlighten us is a real honor and an opportunity to learn from amongst the best,” said Geise.