Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to creating affordable housing programs for Buffalo neighborhoods, helping to improve and strengthen the community.

Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc.
has provided Quality Housing Opportunities since 1998

Heart of the City Neighborhoods (HOCN) has worked together with residents, neighborhood organizations, financial institutions, and real estate professionals to make Buffalo’s core communities a better place to live. While our original housing programs worked to increase homeownership opportunities, our most recent programming has made an effort to stabilize homeownership through repairing occupied housing, as well as ensuring tenants have increased access to safe, affordable housing opportunities. Between 1998 and 2019, HOCN’s rehabilitation efforts invested over 26.5 million development dollars in Buffalo’s core communities.

HOCN is designated a New York State designated Neighborhood Preservation Company for the core communities in Buffalo, including the Lower West Side, West Side, Upper West Side, Allentown, Pratt-Willert, Central, MLK Park, Fruit Belt, Elmwood Bryant, and parts of Masten Park, Genesee-Moselle, and Broadway Fillmore communities. Over the past twenty-one years, HOCN has created and restored 441 units of quality, affordable housing, and provided 534 residents with quality, affordable housing. The impact of this work is both immediate and long-term, reaching the community on various levels.


Leveraged and invested in our communities


Units of quality affordable housing created and restored


Residents supported by our programs

News & Media

Contractor Open House Nov. 18th 2021

Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. and the Fruit Belt Community Land Trust will be co-hosting a Contractor Open House on

Now Hiring! Stormwater Maintenance Foreman

Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. is now hiring! Our team is seeking a Stormwater Maintenance Foeman to oversee the infrastructure

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Now Open!

The New York Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is now open! This assistance can pay up to 12 months of past due rent

City of Buffalo Launches STAND UP Buffalo Initiative

The City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) has launched the “STAND UP Buffalo” Initiative to provide direct assistance