Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. (HOCN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to create, facilitate and support housing and neighborhood development in Buffalo’s core communities.

HOCN News

Give the Gift of Affordable Housing This Season

Not everyone in our City has warm, safe, affordable housing this holiday season. But with your support, we’re working to change that every day. With your generous gift, Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. can continue to sustain homes in Buffalo’s deserving communities. You can help us make a bigger impact in 2016 by donating …

Main Streets Program Comes to Niagara Street

As you may have heard, Heart of the City Neighborhoods (HOCN,) was awarded $300,000 through the Better Buffalo Fund to implement the Buffalo Main Streets Initiative (BMSI) Program in our community. The BMSI Program in our community is made possible by Empire State Development’s Better Buffalo Fund and New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation. …

Participatory Budgeting (PB) Is Coming to Buffalo!

On Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, the Buffalo Common Council announced that Participatory Budgeting will officially be coming to Buffalo through a pilot program with $150,000 in the City’s 2015-2016 Budget! This is a huge win for the residents of Buffalo! Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a fairly new way to make decisions about publicly funded projects. …

Now Offering Loan Programs for Niagara District

HOCN is pleased to announce that we are now partnering with the City of Buffalo/ City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency to provide housing assistance programs for homeowners located in the Niagara District. These programs help homeowners on a fixed-income tackle maintaining their homes, keeping their families warm and dry. Programs include an Emergency Assistance …

2014 Community Feedback Survey Results

At the end of 2014, HOCN distributed a Community Feedback Survey to over 3,000 residents in the 14201/14202 community.  HOCN will begin outlining our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan this winter and used these answer to help our organization prepare for this thoughtful planning. These five minute surveys asked residents in our community their opinions about the …

Community Feedback Surveys Needed!

This fall, Heart of the City Neighborhoods wants to hear from the residents of our community! To do so we’ll be reaching out to each one of you in your mailboxes and on your computer screens. HOCN will begin outlining our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan this winter. To help our organization prepare for this thoughtful planning, …