Resolution J181-2013

Honoring Heart of the City Neighborhoods for its outstanding service to the community

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  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 24, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 16, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring Heart of the City Neighborhoods for its
outstanding service to the community

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions and individuals who would devote themselves to the welfare of  the
community and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
Heart  of  the  City  Neighborhoods  for  its outstanding service to the
community; and
  WHEREAS, Heart of the City Neighborhoods is a not-for-profit Community
Development Corporation that provides  quality,  affordable  housing  in
Buffalo's Lower West Side; and
  WHEREAS,  The mission of Heart of the City Neighborhoods is to create,
facilitate, and support housing  and  neighborhood  development  in  the
Lower West Side of the City of Buffalo; and
  WHEREAS,  Heart  of the City Neighborhoods creates programs to improve
the quality of residential housing, assist private developers, neighbor-
hood leaders, the City of Buffalo, and  other  not-for-profit  organiza-
tions to develop projects to improve neighborhoods; and
  WHEREAS,  Acting in conjunction with residents, neighborhood organiza-
tions, local leaders, financial institutions, and  real  estate  profes-
sionals,  Heart  of the City Neighborhoods works diligently to stabilize
and create mixed income neighborhoods where people of all  incomes  will
have  a better quality of life and take pride in their property, street,
and community; and
  WHEREAS, In 2009, the Office of the City of Buffalo Strategic Planning
noted Heart of the City Neighborhoods' service area in  the  Lower  West
Side  as  having  310  vacant properties, 257 residential properties, 52
commercial properties, and 1 urban renewal/slum clearance; and
  WHEREAS, Heart of the  City  Neighborhoods  has  executed  minor  home
repairs  on  44  homes,  major rehabilitation on 7 homes (13 units), and
major rehabilitation on 1 six-unit rental property; and
  WHEREAS, Moreover, Heart of the City Neighborhoods has created a Lower
West Side Map and Guide to highlight this unique neighborhood  comprised
of  public  spaces,  local  businesses,  cultural amenities, and vibrant
residential communities; and
  WHEREAS, Heart of the City Neighborhoods offers referrals to resources
for homeowners, first-time homebuyers, and tenants; it  also  serves  as
Ellicott  District Liaison at housing court hearings to assist neighbors
who have properties they are no longer able to care for in an effort  to
build a stronger community; and
  WHEREAS,  Heart  of  the  City Neighborhoods utilizes a block-by-block
approach to fighting blight and abandoned homes within its service  area
and  has planted 299 trees all over the Lower West Side, including along
the Hudson Street and Whitney Place target areas, as part of its  neigh-
borhood beautification program; and
  WHEREAS,  Everything  Heart  of  the City Neighborhoods does is with a
singular goal: to improve housing  opportunities  and  quality  of  life
within  its  service  area,  and  by  extension,  throughout the City of
Buffalo; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when  organiza-
tions  of  such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all  the  citizens  of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Heart of the City Neighborhoods for its outstanding service to the
community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  Stephanie  Simeon,  Executive  Director,  Heart of the City
Neighborhoods.

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