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 in the Media

Buffalo Water releases first public-facing service line inventory map

December 19, 2023 – WBEN By Brayton J. Wilson Click Here to View Original Article The Buffalo Water Authority announced on Tuesday the early release of its first public-facing residential service line inventory map for residents in the City of Buffalo. Releasing one year ahead of schedule, Buffalo is one of the first cities in …

Home ownership by Blacks in Buffalo has flatlined

November 8th, 2023- Investigative Post By I’Jaz Ja’ciel View Original Article Despite a plethora of programs encouraging Blacks to purchase their own homes, the ownership rate for African-Americans in Buffalo has barely budged over the past four decades. Where there has been growth lately, it’s come in the suburbs, according to Census data and federal …

Why Buffalo officials say the city’s lead pipe removal project will take decades to complete

June 8th, 2023- ABC News By: Jade Lawson View Original Article Here Over half of Buffalo’s water service lines are estimated to contain lead, but city officials say the work to replace them could last over the next two decades and cost nearly half a billion dollars to complete. Nearly 40,000 water service lines in …

Linking food security, housing and health is way forward for East Buffalo

February 20, 2023 – BUFFALO NEWS By Janey Gramza View Original Article Here   Stephanie Simeon’s wheelhouse is affordable housing, so when she starts talking about food insecurity in Buffalo’s low-income areas, she has often been met with confused looks and a “stay in your lane” mentality. But that has changed since the hate-motivated mass shooting …

'Reckless negligence': Judge orders former landlord to pay nearly $5.1 million for lead paint violations

November 7, 2022- BUFFALO NEWS By Dale Anderson View Original Article Here A former landlord who was considered one of the worst in Buffalo has been ordered to pay nearly $5.1 million in penalties, restitution and forfeited rent for lead paint violations, State Attorney General Letitia James announced. State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto …

Attorney General James Wins $5.1 Million from Notorious Buffalo Landlord To Fund Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention in Erie County

November 7th, 2022 – Press Release BUFFALO – New York Attorney General Letitia James today won her $5.1 million lawsuit against against Angel Elliot Dalfin, a Buffalo-area landlord whose flagrant and egregious violations of lead safety laws resulted in more than two dozen reported cases of childhood lead poisoning. Erie County Supreme Court Justice Catherine …