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

Profiting from poison: how the US lead industry knowingly created a water crisis

September 22, 2022 6:00am EDT The Gaurdian By Erin McCormick and Aliya Uteuova View Original Article The lead water crisis facing Chicago and many other US cities today has roots in a nearly century-old campaign to boost the lead industry’s sales The year was 1933 and, to a group of industrialists gathered in a New …

Buffalo community groups join new map project to find and replace lead water pipelines

July 21st, 2022 – WKBW Buffalo By Yoselin Person View Original Article and Video   BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A new lead pipeline map is launching in Buffalo to track outdated infrastructure homes to replace the city’s entire network of lead pipes that’s estimated to cost half a billion dollars. A new partnership between local …

Buffalo Community Groups Join Map Project To Find and Replace Lead Water Pipes

July 20th, 2022 – Buffalo Rising Online By: Liberty Darr View Original Article Buffalo is making monumental strides forward when it comes to solving a century-old problem: the location of an estimated 40,000 drinking water pipes made from toxic lead, most of them likely to be found in low-income communities of color. Today local community …

Closer Look: Redevelopment Plans for 68-72 Sycamore

January 19th, 2021- Buffalo Rising Online By: Buffalo Rising Online View Original Article Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s plans for restoration of 72 Sycamore Street and construction of an addition on a vacant parcel to the west will be reviewed by the Preservation Board on Thursday. Under plans prepared by Flynn Battaglia Architects, the existing building at …

School District Reopening Plan Doesn't Address Needs of Many Students...

September 1st, 2020- WBFO News By Michael Mroziak View Original Article When Buffalo Public Schools open their new yearnext week with an all-virtual model, not all students’ needs may be properly addressed. That was the sentiment of several parents speaking Tuesday morning. Ed Spiedel, a parent and member of the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, …

Rising home values: As investors cheer, low-income owners despair

March 7th, 2020- Buffalo News View Original Article Residents of a number of neighborhoods saw assessments jump far above the citywide norm, and many say they’ve considered selling their homes to avoid tax delinquency or foreclosure. John Howell and his wife have begun to wonder where she will live when he is dead. The 65-year-old …