PUSH Buffalo’s housing arm, Buffalo Neighborhood Stabilization Company - BNSC - is a non-profit housing corporation dedicated to creating affordable housing units on the Massachusetts Avenue Corridor of Buffalo’s West Side. It was created in 2009 to address the growing housing needs found in the organization’s growing Green Development Zone.
BNSC’s mission is to:
- Increase access to quality, affordable housing by substantially increasing the number of units being renovated and constructed each year
- Enhance the neighborhood fabric by coordinating investments in infrastructure and rehabilitate vacant lots. (BNSC currently owns 50 lots, which have been developed as clean and green spaces, community gardens and rain garden demonstration projects.)
- Prevent gentrification and displacement of residents by ensuring affordable rental and homeowner housing units
- Increase tenant and landlord education
- Act as a land bank to acquire vacant housing and lots and stabilize them in preparation for development
PUSH and BNSC, use several programs and national models to develop high-quality, affordable housing on the Massachusetts Avenue Corridor.
The early model of housing development relied heavily on volunteers and consisted of PUSH training and employing local residents to complete much of the work. PUSH recognized that the number of vacant housing units was too great to rely solely on small-scale rehabilitation projects.
PUSH and BNSC have, therefore, begun a process to scale up their housing work to include larger projects - projects that will utilize a number of public and private funding sources.