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West Side Neighborhood Housing Services and Black Rock-Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services are pleased to announce the appointment of Edwin Jackson, Jr. as Executive Director. Mr. Jackson brings many years of experience in housing finance, community development, and leadership to the Executive Director position at the two organizations, who share staff and programs to provide safe, affordable and sustainable housing opportunities.

Mr. Jackson moves to this position from his role as Collections and Loan Portfolio Manager at West Side & Black Rock-Riverside NHS, where he managed more than $5.1 million in organization assets. He has led the groups’ Foreclosure Prevention program since 2011, and has been instrumental in growing that program to serve more than 400 homeowners in financial crisis. Prior to his work at West Side & Black Rock-Riverside NHS, he was an award-winning manager within Bank of America’s Home Loan division.

Mr. Jackson is a committed advocate of economic empowerment and community development, and currently serves on the Erie County Fair Housing Partnership Board of Directors. He has also served as a Director on the board of the East Side Redevelopment Task Force. He lives in Buffalo with his wife Denine and is father to two wonderful sons, Isaiah and Anderson.


Please help support those in need

So often tragedy strikes when we least expect it. One minute you’re watching “Home Alone” curled up on the couch with your family, the next you’re standing in the middle of a snowy street watching the life you once knew fading away. 

Early the morning of December 12th a fire destroyed the house located directly behind rental property owned by Black Rock-Riverside NHS. Fire detectors gave early warnings and thankfully our tenants escaped unharmed. Although the blaze has caused considerable damage, forcing those families to relocate, we’re grateful no lives were lost. Many thanks go out to the Buffalo Fire Department for their rapid response and containment of the blaze. 

The holidays have always put a focus on our relationship to others, not only a gratefulness for those close to us, but an appreciation for those we don’t know. There are currently two online fundraisers dedicated to helping those displaced get back on their feet again. You can visit this link to contribute to the Rathburn Conrad family and you visit this link to raise funds for our elderly tenant, Ms. Jolan Ujj. 

There are many causes worthy of your contribution this season. We hope you’ll find it within your means to contribute to these families in need. 

Also, please note, Black Rock-Riverside NHS has closed its office at 203 Military Road due to the damage from the fire. The organization will continue offering housing assistance at the office of its partner agency, West Side NHS, at 359 Connecticut Street. Black Rock-Riverside NHS staff will work out of the West Side NHS office until the building at 203 Military Road is able to open, otherwise all services will continue uninterrupted. 

Beginning Tuesday, December 13, Black Rock-Riverside NHS clients and residents seeking services may contact Black Rock-Riverside NHS staff at: 

359 Connecticut Street
Buffalo, NY 14213
(716) 885-2344


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West Side NHS is proud to partner with the University at Buffalo and the UB Foundation to offer the UB H.O.M.E. program which incentivizes staff and faculty homeowership in the area surrounding South Campus.



The City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) and Black Rock-Riverside NHS announce the opportunity for qualified General Contractors to submit proposals for 2 residential housing rehabilitation projects located in the city of Buffalo. The properties are listed below:

174 East St., 245 Dearborn St.

All proposed work must meet City of Buffalo, EPA Codes and Regulations.

General Contractors will be required to submit a Bid Bond with their proposal.

Proposals should include all information specified in the respective bid packages. The bid packages are available for pick-up, at Black Rock-Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services Inc., located 203 Military Rd, Buffalo, NY 14207. For any questions or information, contact Bill Buzak at 716-877-3910 or or Rob Gilray at rgilray or 716-851-5070. Please direct all marketing inquires to Brandon Schlia at or 716-877-3910.

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