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D’Youville to Host Affordable Housing Panel

D’Youville to Host Affordable Housing Panel

Assemblyman Sean Ryan and other experts will discuss the future of affordable housing on the West Side and other Buffalo neighborhoods.

Buffalo, New York – February 8, 2018 – After years of seeing a considerable amount of rust here on the Rust Belt, Buffalo is now visibly on the upswing. Improvements to infrastructure can be seen in all areas of the city, and those changes are making their way to the West Side neighborhood in which D’Youville calls home. As a result, the city and surrounding areas are seeing a dramatic rise in real estate prices. Those increases are a boom to some, but a burden to others as families cope to manage rising housing costs.

To address the future of affordable housing in Buffalo, Assemblyman Sean Ryan will host a panel discussion on Thursday, February 8 in D’Youville’s Madonna Hall from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

“The City of Buffalo has seen increased economic growth in the last decade. We hope that this panel discussion can bring about good ideas about what the community envisions for affordable housing and development going forward,” said Cody Meyers, communications director for Assemblyman Ryan’s office.

“D’Youville has been an important part of the community for decades. Any future development and expansion plans play a big role in the continuing revitalization of our city,” added Meyers.

“We are thrilled to have this significant discussion on the D’Youville campus. Hopefully this discussion can plant the seeds of great ideas for the future.”

The role of institutions like D’Youville in impacting policy discussions was highlighted by Sam Magavern, executive director of the Partnership for the Public Good.

“Colleges and universities have an important role as ‘anchor institutions’ that can work to heighten their positive community impacts,” said Magavern.

One topic the panel looks to take on is inclusionary zoning, a plan that “would require developers of rental housing to include a certain percentage of affordable units for low-income families,” said Magavern.

“This would help to address the problem that more than half of the renters in the city cannot afford their apartments, which leads to increased homelessness and many other issues,” he added.

While the focus of the discussion will be affordable housing, other topics that are slated to be covered include: aging in place, inclusionary zoning, high quality housing in low-income communities, development and gentrification, community land banks, and poverty.

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