Change Starts With Us

For more than 40 years, the affiliates of NeighborWorks® Community Partners have been providing housing and community development programs for low- to moderate-income people and their families.

We have come together across Western NY to be a catalyst for building and strengthening communities, and we will not stay silent about the mass demonstrations happening around us to draw attention to the systemic racism that affects our neighbors every day.

We stand by the Black community and know that change doesn’t happen through words alone. We recognize the challenges in our own daily practices and are committed to doing the work to better the organization. This means taking a hard look at the lack of diversity on our own board, staff and leadership teams, and working with the appropriate consultants to create and implement an organization-wide diversity plan.

We urge our white neighbors to become educated about the history of redlining and the impact it has had on Black people and people of color (POC) when trying to purchase homes (and the divide it has created, which is still felt today).

Watch documentaries. Listen to podcasts. Read articles and books. When someone tells a racist joke, call them out. Have honest conversations with the people around you about race and racism, what you are doing to contribute to it, and what you can do to change your own actions.

Neighborhoods work when neighbors work together.

Change starts with us.

Mission Moment: Debra Conte, Customer Journey Specialist of NCP Niagara Falls

Here’s a little extra sunshine ☀️ during this cloudy time. Customer Journey Specialist, Debbie Conte, who is located in the NCP Niagara Falls office, her daughter Jill and Son, Nicholas, spent the weekend volunteering for the City of Niagara Falls delivering supplies to make facemasks as well as preparing and delivering meals for those who could use a helping hand. They have offered to continue volunteering each weekend until the need is no longer there — we are so proud of Debbie’s commitment to the community, she is the embodiment of what it means to be a good neighbor and we are so lucky to have her on the NeighborWorks Community Partners team!

March 19, 2020 | OFFICE CLOSURE ANNOUCEMENT

OFFICE CLOSURE ANNOUCEMENT

In the best interest of our clients and staff, our offices will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 23, 2020. We will continue to honor pre-scheduled in-person appointments, at the discretion of our counselors.

The following updates have been made to our programs and services:

  • Counseling: If you would like to schedule a counseling appointment, please contact us to set one up via telephone or video conference.
  • Education Classes: have been cancelled until further notice. We will continue to update our website with information as it becomes available. We do offer Homebuyer Education online; click here to learn more. If you already paid for an in-person class, contact us at info@nwcpbuffalo.org to find out how you can apply your payment to the online course.
  • Home Energy assessments: will continue as scheduled, at the discretion of our Energy Services Team.
  • Rent & Loan Payments: will continue to be due as scheduled, and should be mailed directly to NCP headquarters at 570 South Avenue, Rochester NY 14620. We can no longer accept cash payments. 
  • Apartment Applications: can be requested by sending an e-mail to info@nwcpbuffalo.org.
  • 2019 Lake Ontario Flood Recovery: we will continue to process your applications as we are able. Please contact us if you have any questions.

We will continue to evaluate the situation and share any changes on our website, and on social media as we are able. If you have other needs, or have further questions, feel free to give us a call at (716) 885-2344 or email us at info@nwcpbuffalo.org and we will get back to you by the end day.

Thank you,
The NeighborWorks Community Partners Team

Updates to services: COVID-19 Response

Dear Neighbors,

Between a tough flu season and the recent news about COVID-19, we wanted to check in with you about visiting the office during this time, which will remain open Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 5pm until further notice. Please review the following updates to our programs and services:

  • At this time, we are suspending face-to-face counseling. If you have a counseling appointment, you can still maintain you appointment with your counselor via telephone or video conference. Please contact us so we can provide you with further instructions.
  • All education classes have been cancelled for March. We will follow up shortly with more information about rescheduling.
  • Home energy assessments will continue as scheduled, but will be doing health checks with all homeowners in advance.
  • Rent & loan payments continue to be due, as scheduled.

We will continue to evaluate the situation and share any changes to our office hours to our website, and on social media as things happen.

If you have other needs, or have further questions, feel free to give us a call at (716) 885-2344 or email us at info@nwcpbuffalo.org and we will get back to you by the end day.

Thank you,
The NeighborWorks Community Partners Team

A Home Energy Assessment Makes Good Cents

What is a Home Energy Assessment?

An Energy Assessment is a review of your home’s overall energy efficiency, which can be affected by many things. Roof condition, insulation levels, outdated appliances, old furnaces, leaky hot water heaters, single-pane windows, etc. all have an impact. The goal is to see where your home is losing energy so that we can formulate a plan to save on energy costs. This “big picture” view of your home’s energy efficiency can lead to significant savings on your utility bill because you won’t need to set your thermostat quite as high to stay warm, or your air conditioning as low to stay cool.

Why Should You Get a Home Energy Assessment?
Residential properties account for about 10% of carbon emissions in the US, according to the EPA, which means they are very inefficient and waste huge amounts of energy and…money!In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, you will learn how to improve your home’s comfort. It will also help you save money (woo hoo!).

How You Can Get a Home Energy Assessment
NeighborWorks Community Partners’ Energy Services team can conduct a FREE home energy audit for your home. Income-based grants are available for the Greater Buffalo area. We give unbiased advice to reduce your heating and cooling bills. Our BPI-certified technicians will help you prioritize your needs:

  • Increase your home’s comfort through a Home Energy Assessment
  • Learn how you can SAVE MONEY with FREE energy saving tips you can use right now!
  • Learn about NY State grants to help pay for your home-energy projects *Income-based.

To schedule your home energy assessment today, just give our Energy Services Team a call at: (585)325-4170, Email us at: Energy@nwcommunitypartners.org, or Click Here to fill out an application.

NeighborWorks® Community Partners Buffalo Teams Up With D’Youville College

Neighborhoods work when neighbors work together. And that is exactly why NeighborWorks® Community Partners Buffalo (formerly West Side Neighborhood Housing Services) has teamed up with D’Youville College. NWCP Buffalo will be offering its Intro to Homebuying orientation series once per month at D’Youville’s Porter Avenue campus.

“At NeighborWorks® Community Partners Buffalo, we believe that homeownership helps stabilize neighborhoods and builds personal wealth for homeowners.” said Jerome Nagy, Chief Executive Officer. “D’Youville has been our neighbor on the West Side for many years. It’s a really fantastic learning environment and we are excited to be collaborating with the college to expand this opportunity for homeownership to their students, staff, and the surrounding community.”

The Intro to Homebuying program is a great way to introduce first-time homebuyers to the process, and evaluate their readiness. This free, one hour orientation teaches participants about the home-buying process. They will also get a chance to learn about down-payment and closing-cost assistance programs offered by the City of Buffalo and have the chance to speak with local lenders about loan products for first-time homebuyers.

Serving Buffalo since 1980, NeighborWorks® Community Partners Buffalo is a catalyst for building and strengthening communities by guiding individuals and families with modest budgets along their homeownership journeys.

To learn more about the Intro to Homebuying orientation, click here!

Rising from the Ashes

Congratulations to our neighbor, Denise Harris, on the purchase of her new home! Denise swung by to thank Deputy Director of Lending, Chris Flynn, for helping her get back on her feet after a fire destroyed her home. With his guidance, she was able to turn this tragic situation around and purchase a new home. Helping folks along their homeownership journey is exactly why we’re here, and we’re so happy for you, Denise!

(Psst! Do you need some assistance buying a home? Contact us!)

Three neighborhood housing services rebrand and unify

NeighborWorks Community Partners to strengthen services & neighborhoods across WNY — Three local nonprofit organizations have changed their names. West Side Neighborhood Housing Services, Black Rock-Riverside Housing Services and Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services are now part of a Western New York collective called NeighborWorks Community Partners. The goal is to expand services across the state.

Buffalo offices are located at 1943 Niagara St., and 359 Connecticut St. The Niagara Falls office is at 479 16th St.

NeighborWorks Community Partners Buffalo and NeighborWorks Community Partners Niagara Falls will act as catalysts for building and strengthening communities by guiding individuals and families with modest budgets along the homeownership journey. A new focus includes outreach to young professionals, who are often fraught with student loan debt that can affect their mortgage readiness, as the organization looks closely at similar community needs to find new ways to expand services.

The expertly trained staff of NeighborWorks Community Partners Buffalo and NeighborWorks Community Partners Niagara Falls partners with banks and other community supporters to assist neighbors with homebuyer education, financial fitness, low-interest lending, home repair and rehab, lead testing, and energy-efficiency assessments.

“This alignment of values and services is a testament to the dedication we have for serving the Greater Buffalo community,” NeighborWorks Community Partners CEO Jerome Nagy said. “We are honored to be stewards of NeighborWorks Community Partners as we enter into a new era. Our brand is committed to being positive, inclusive and collaborative. Neighborhoods work when neighbors work together. We want to work with you, our neighbors, to create a better Western New York.”

Fri, Nov 8th 2019 07:00 pm via Niagara Frontier Publications

HSBC Awards NCP Buffalo $10,000 Grant

NeighborWorks® Community Partners Buffalo (formerly West Side Neighborhood Housing Services) is excited to announce that is has received a $10,000 grant from HSBC in support of it’s homeownership programs. We are grateful for HSBC’s support as we work to drive transformative change across the Buffalo region and by provide safe, affordable and sustainable housing opportunities. This grant furthers our ability to preserve and revitalize communities, broaden access to resources and improve the quality of life for thousands of local residents. Please join us in congratulating HSBC on their new, Depew branch!