The Plan

Housing and Neighborhoods

Housing & NeighborhoodsHow can we provide broader choices for decent, affordable housing for all in neighborhoods that are safe and strong?

Working TeamsHousing and Neighborhoods Working Team

The working team will propose strategies and concrete actions to protect and renew our existing housing stock and encourage building new homes that are energy efficient and meet the needs of a changing population. The team will work closely with Land Use and Transportation teams to promote neighborhoods that are distinctive, well-served, and connected to the region.

Working Team Documents

Keep up to date on the work of the Working Teams as the process unfolds. Documents from the meetings will be posted as they become available.

More information on the overall Working Team process

Housing and NeighborhoodsWelcome and Process Overview

Meeting #1 April 2, 2013: Agenda, Notes, Powerpoint Presentation

Meeting #2 May 7, 2013: Agenda, Handout, Powerpoint Presentation, Notes

Meeting #3 June 4, 2013: Agenda, Handout, Powerpoint PresentationNotes

Meeting #4 August 6, 2013: AgendaHandout, Powerpoint PresentationNotes

Meeting #5 September 24, 2013: AgendaHandoutsPowerpoint PresentationNotes

Meeting #6 January 28, 2014: AgendaHandoutPowerpoint PresentationNotes

Meeting #7 March 5, 2014: HandoutAgendaMeeting SummaryPowerpoint Presentation

Final Meeting: 
Meeting #8 September 9, 2014:  AGENDAFINAL PresentationDraft IndicatorsFeedback Form

TeamWork Site – Visit our Working Team Website to keep updated on materials, events, meetings and more.

Working Team Members

Grace Andriette, Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.
Lori Borowiak, NYSERDA
Catherine Braniecki, Community Development Manager – KeyBank
Roxanne Button, design synergies
Michael Clarke, Buffalo LISC
Rick Greenberg, Home Buyers Marketing II
Cyndie Huynh, Mobile Safety-Net Team
Jenifer Kaminsky, PUSH Buffalo
Tod Kniazuk, Arts Services Initiative of Western New York
Shannon Koehn, Housing Opportunities Made Equal
Carla Kosmerl, Town of Cheektowaga – Office of Community Development
Robyn Krueger, Community Missions of Niagara Frontier
Tom Lowe, ReNU Niagara
Cara Matteliano, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Yvonne McCray, City of Buffalo
Joe McIvor, Buffalo Niagara Builders Association
Ellary Mori, Erie County Department of Environment and Planning
Christie Nelson, City of Buffalo Director of Real Estate
Christopher Ollinick, Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP
Seth Piccirillo, Niagara Falls Office of Community Development
Michael Riegel, Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc.
David Rodriguez, BMHA/Hispanics United
Roseann Scibilia, University District Community Development Association
Jill Shuey, ReNU Niagara
Stephanie Simeon, Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc.

Working Team Facilitator

Anthony Armstrong, Make Communities

Working Team Contributors

Joseph Garguilo
Keith Lucas, City of Buffalo
Joy McDuffie
Richard Mrugala
Mathew Nagowski, Partnership for the Public Good, Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo
David Paoletta
Marilyn Sozanski, Family Promise of WNY, People’s Park,TriMain Development, Artfarms
Tim Van Oss

Get Involved in the Process

Be a part of the Working Team process by contributing online to the nuts and bolts of One Region Forward’s planning process.

If you would like to be a Working Team Contributor, we ask that you submit a request.

Other ways to get involved with One Region Forward

Related: Fair Housing Equity Assessment Advisory Committee


Understanding the barriers to opportunity faced by different groups across the region is critical to developing coordinated housing, transportation and land use strategies. Each grantee of the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning program is required to conduct a  Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) to ensure that equity is a priority in their plan development and that strategies and policies developed can advance opportunity for all.


To help guide the development of the Fair Housing Equity Assessment, the One Region Forward imitative has convened a group of stakeholders and subject matter experts to advise in the production of this work.

Click here to learn more about the Fair Housing Equity Assessment process.


Related Resources for Housing

icon_datastory_smWhat the Data Tells Us

Housing and Neighborhoods: How affordable is Buffalo Niagara's housing market?How affordable is Buffalo Niagara’s housing market?

It depends.

When we look at one of the most common measurements of housing affordability – the percent of residents who spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs – we see a very different picture for our region’s homeowners versus our renters. Read more