People United for Sustainable Housing, or PUSH, is a non-profit operating on the West Side of Buffalo to help rehabilitate old buildings and provide affordable housing in the neighborhoods. They’ve had a lot of success — in fact, maybe too much.
There’s an interesting article in this morning’s paper about how the work PUSH is doing is actually raising property values in this part of the city enough to start gentrifying out the current inhabitants. With the number of immigrant and refugee communities on the West Side, it’s more complicated than you might expect for them to pull up stakes and move to another, still inexpensive, part of the city.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.