Common Council teams up with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo @ 48 Winslow in Masten District

Members of the Buffalo Common Council and their staff recently pitched in to help Habitat for Humanity Buffalo (H4HB) construct a new house/home at 48 Winslow Avenue in the city’s Masten District. The effort demonstrated the Council’s commitment to the ongoing efforts of H4HB, and its mission to create affordable housing in the city of Buffalo.

“As leaders, it’s our duty to serve and uplift our community and by partnering with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo today for a Common Council Day of Service, this allows us to directly impact lives by helping to build homes,” said Buffalo Common Council President Christopher P. Scanlon. “This initiative reflects my commitment to fostering strong, supportive neighborhoods across the City of Buffalo. I am optimistic that we can collaborate with Habitat for Humanity and other groups to build more homes for those in need, ultimately enhancing our communities throughout Buffalo.” 

Habitat for Humanity Buffalo relies heavily on volunteer labor and donations to offset the costs of building homes.

“The Buffalo Common Council is proud to join forces with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo for a Day of Service that is more than just building a house; it’s about building hope and stability for a family in need,” said Buffalo Common Council Majority Leader Leah M. Halton-Pope. “I want to thank my colleagues and all Council and district offices in joining forces together with Habitat for Humanity in this great initiative that I am hopeful we can use as a blueprint to spread across our city.” 

“Volunteering our time to construct a new home embodies the spirit of service and solidarity,” said Buffalo Common Council President Pro Tempore Bryan J. Bollman. “Working with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo highlights our dedication amongst the Council to addressing housing challenges and ensuring every Buffalo resident has a safe and affordable place to call home.” 

H4HB relies heavily on volunteer labor to get these types of projects done. Not only do the future homeowners contribute “man hours” to the projects, community members also heed the call. By keeping costs down, through volunteer hours, H4HB is able to provide affordable mortgages to families that might not otherwise be able to secure home ownership.

“As the representative of the Masten District, I am thrilled to be part of this initiative happening right here on Winslow Ave in my district,” said Masten District Council Woman Zeneta B. Everhart. “This partnership with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo is a testament to the power of community collaboration and by coming together, we can create meaningful change and improve the quality of life for families in our district. I am honored to be part of this effort to build a brighter, more secure future for our residents.” 

Christopher Kennedy, Executive Director of Habitat Buffalo, expressed his gratitude for the Council’s involvement. “Having our elected leaders volunteer alongside us is incredibly impactful. It highlights their dedication not only as leaders but as active community members. We are grateful for their support, which is essential in helping us build affordable homes and make a lasting difference in Buffalo.” 

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