Buffalo Rd. Corridor Home Improvements
In the fall of 2017, the Eastside Grassroots Coalition applied for a Neighborhood Assistance Program, Special Priorities Program based on a tax-credit donation from Northwest Savings Bank in the amount of $25,000. The project is aimed at mitigating blight along the Buffalo Road Corridor in our neighborhood, and the target area encompasses the two blocks north and south of Buffalo Road from Pennsylvania Avenue to McClelland Avenue.
Awarded the full amount of the project via tax-credits in December 2017, the project kicked off in January 2018. The project is designed to give micro grants of up to $5000 to homeowners in need of outer home repairs in the target area, with a minimum of 5 homeowners receiving assistance. An application process was opened, and applications were sent to all homes within the target area. Applicants must meet certain income restrictions, demonstrate the need for repairs, have an ability to pay a 10% cash match of the amount awarded to them, and fulfill other requirements.
In April of 2018, a selection committee convened to evaluate the applications and select the first round of homes to receive assistance with outer home repairs. After careful review of all applications, six homeowners were chosen to receive assistance: Doug Marlowe, Joan Frew, Gerard Pietrasiewicz, M. Victor Kisiel, James McNeil, and Thaddeus Fryczynski. In May 2018, contractors were contacted about submitting bid proposals to complete the needed work on the selected homes. We are currently awaiting bid proposals before selecting contractors to begin work on the homes. All repair work will be completed by the end of August 2018.
Additionally, in May 2018, the EGC was awarded an additional $25,000 from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Association to double the projects efforts. This second round of funding will allow a minimum of 5 additional homeowners to receive grant money to perform outer home repairs. A second application is now open until August 15, 2018, and all repair work for the second round of homes will be completed by November 2018. If you are interested in the program or know someone who is, please contact us today to receive an application.
The hope of this project is to mitigate blight affecting our community, and cause a visible change in the appearance of our neighborhood. This could potentially lead to greater investments from both businesses and local government. In addition, it can help instill a sense of pride in all residents of the neighborhood that we at the Eastside Grassroots Coalition feel every day.
If you would like to apply for assistance, simply fill out an application and return it to the House of Mercy located at 2005 Woodlawn Ave.