JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Neighborhood Alliance will be hosting a sustainable housing forum Thursday night, June 23, to discuss innovative housing and mixed-use programs for the City of Jamestown’s future.
The housing presentation will be held at 7 p.m. followed by a question and answer session with the community. The event will take place in the Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center (119-121 W. 3rd Street, Jamestown). Attendance is free and open to the public.
Guest speaker of the evening will be Jennifer Kaminsky, Director of Planning and Community Development for People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo. Her presentation is intended to gain insight into PUSH Buffalo’s innovative housing programs and provide a forum for discussing the types of programs our community might look to implement.
“PUSH Buffalo is a model for how Jamestown might undertake creative projects that result in the provision of new, safe, and affordable housing and mixed-use projects for the community,” said Mark Geise, Senior Planner for JRC. “We need to learn from other successful programs, and having an organization such as PUSH Buffalo coming here to enlighten us is a real honor and an opportunity to learn from amongst the best,” said Geise.
PUSH Buffalo’s mission is to mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality affordable housing, expand local hiring opportunities, and to advance economic justice in Buffalo. PUSH Buffalo was founded by Aaron Bartley and Eric Walker in 2005 and is the community organizing entity that works with partners and funders to create a strong, healthy city. The program organizes community control of resources, living wage jobs, and access to quality education, healthcare and transportation. PUSH Buffalo was established to:
- Create strong neighborhoods with quality affordable housing
- Decrease the rate of housing abandonment by reclaiming empty houses from neglectful public and private owners and redeveloping them for occupancy by low-income residents
- Develop neighborhood leaders capable of gaining community control over the development process and planning for the future of the neighborhood
The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is a public-private partnership supporting downtown and neighborhood revitalization through stakeholder engagement, innovation, and reinvestment in the greater Jamestown, New York, area.