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

Now Hiring: Healthy Homes Administrator

Heart of the City is seeking to hire a part-time Healthy Homes Administrator.This position will assist HOCN staff with the expansion of its current affordable housing programs and the creation of new programs focused on increasing access to safe, healthy, affordable housing opportunities for low-moderate income persons by increasing the quality of existing housing stock. …

Community Office Hours Wraps-Up for Season

Now that it’s Fall, Heart of the City will no longer be offering Drop-In Office Hours at the Niagara Branch Library on Tuesday evenings. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t ask us for help! If you have a question or inquery about housing, we encourage you to call our office at (716) 882-766 or …

Deconstruction Begins on Prospect!

Heart of the City is pleased to announce the start of deconstruction on Prospect Avenue, between Hudson Street and Pennsylvania Street! 330, 334, 336, and 340 Prospect Avenue, were acquired by Heart of the City in 2010. It was just last October that HOCN, with the help of AmeriCorps volunteers, boarded up these properties. Buffalo …

"Bridging the Gap" Opens Dialog on M/WBE Program

On Wednesday, July 27th, Heart of the City hosted our first ever Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise(M/WBE) Forum entitled, “Bridging the Gap.” To better explore the New York State and Erie County M/WBE Program, we invited current and potential M/WBE certified contractors, local developers, and civic officials to take part in this forum. Currently, the …

"Building A Movement" Closes

Heart of the City would like to thank all who participated in our first ever film series! Building A Movement: A Nickel City Film Series was a great success! Heart of the City believes that when residents are committed to and take pride in the neighborhood they live in, as well the people and services …

MWBE Forum Announced!

Heart of the City is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a forum for MWBE Certified Contractors and Local Developers to connect and critically discuss ideas for change in the NYS Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business (MWBE) Program. The forum, entitled “Bridging the Gap”, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 27th from …