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The City of Buffalo wants you to share your opinion on the city's five-year plan

Posted at 5:02 AM, Feb 04, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Neighbors in Buffalo will have a chance to weigh in on the a plan for the future of housing in the city.

The city will hold a couple of public input sessions on its consolidated five-year plan.

The five-year plan, essentially, is how the city will prioritize certain housing and community development needs for the next five years.

It's something the city is hoping to do with community help, to see what Buffalonians believe are the main things that need to change.

The plan will determine how the city will apply, receive, and distribute us department of housing and urban development grant funding that could completely change some of Buffalo's lower income neighborhoods.

This type of analysis is something that is supposed to be done every five years, but the city last did it in 2014.

By doing this the city hopes to fight discrimination in the housing system.

Some of the things that residents will help the city with include:

  • Identifying affordable housing areas
  • Reducing barriers to multi-family developments
  • Increasing housing access for people with disabilities
  • Addressing homelessness and group homes

To make sure that these populations' needs are met, not just those with homes.

The popup events for the 2020 five-year plan start Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 at the Broadway Market.

Another one will be held at Northland Workforce Training Center.

This all leads to a public meeting being held on February 11th.