SEEKING: Digital Marketing & Website Redesign Services

After 30+ years of operating as stand-alone organizations, NeighborWorks-chartered organizations in Rochester (NeighborWorks Rochester), Buffalo (BlackRock-Riverside/Westside NHS) and Niagara Falls (Niagara Falls NHS) affiliated to form NeighborWorks Community Partners. This newly NeighborWorks®-chartered organization will give each of the local organizations the opportunity to reach more residents and have a greater impact through a streamlined business model and new technologies.

Our core objective is to establish NeighborWorks Community Partners as the premier community development agency across the geographic region of Western NY. This includes the counties of Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Erie and Niagara. While we’ve been working privately as an affiliated organization for three years, we have not yet positioned our brand or created a unified online presence. We’d like to create efficiencies wherever possible in our marketing strategies, as well as align collateral and social media channels. 

If you'd like to learn more, or apply for the position, please click here


SEEKING: Grant Administrative Services

Black Rock-Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services (BRRNHS), Inc. has been awarded a Buffalo Main Streets Initiative (BMSI) grant of $300,000.00 from the Better Buffalo Fund to fund needed repairs and improvements to commercial properties in Black Rock’s Amherst Street target area. The project's scope will include interior and exterior renovations consistent with historic standards and local preservation guidelines and BMSI criteria to be completed within a two year grant period that ends July 25, 2020. 

Grant administrative services are being sought to perform the following tasks:
  • Execution of the BMSI administrative plan for the program
  • Assisting selection committee
  • Preparation of required forms and contract documents
  • Monitoring and supervision of the BMSI program
  • Scheduling of activities and project tasks
  • Compliance with environmental and historic preservation requirements
  • Compliance with other BMSI regulations
  • Fiscal monitoring
  • Coordination with field representatives of the New York State Office of Community Renewal
  • Closeout meeting and paperwork
If you are interested in providing the grant administrative services specified above, please provide:
  • Brief history of the firm & office location, number of years the company has been providing grant administration services and similar experiences successfully managing Main Street grants.
  • Resumes of key personnel that will be working on the project, their Main Street grant experience and experience with building renovations.
  • Three client references: names & contact for projects currently in progress or recently completed (past 5 years).
  • Statement of familiarly with the rules, regulations and requirements of the BMSI Program. This may be a factor in making the final selection for grant administrator.
Buffalo Main Streets Initiative (BMSI) funds awarded for administrative expenses shall not exceed $30,000.00. Black Rock-Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services (BRRNHS), Inc. is not obligated to select the organization with the lowest price proposal.

Black Rock-Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services (BRRNHS), Inc. will make its selection based on the following criteria:
  • Successful experience (past performance, on schedule and on budget)
  • Extent of experience of project manager
  • Technical capability of the firm
  • Client References
  • Cost Please submit your proposal via email no later than 5 P.M. on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
  • Email proposals to 

Selection of consultant will be made on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. 

Contracts will not be executed until Black Rock-Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services (BRRNHS), Inc. has received final signed agreements from the Better Buffalo Fund. Consultant's proposals will remain in effect for a period of six (6) months from bid date. Please contact 716-885-2344 x15 or if you have any questions about the grant or this request for qualifications/proposal. 



Do you have a passion for the community? Are you an advocate for fair, sustainable and affordable housing in our city? We're looking to add someone like you to our team. Please visit the links below if you'd like to apply for the Homeownership Counselor position, which is being offered in both temporary and full-time capacities. 

Full-Time Job Posting / Temporary Job Posting


Project Reinvest: Homeownership will make the American Dream more affordable in Western New York

Project Reinvest: Homeownership will make $1.2 million available to homebuyers in Monroe and Erie County, providing down payment assistance for the purchase of first homes. The funds were awarded to NeighborWorks Rochester, a Community Development Financial Institution, to be executed in partnership with West Side Neighborhood Housing Services in Buffalo, NY.

Eligible homebuyers can receive $10,500 in down payment assistance for the purchase of their first homes in target areas of Monroe or Erie County.

“We are excited to be able to offer this down payment assistance in partnership with West Side Neighborhood Housing Services,” said Joanne Panarisi-Bottone, Executive Director of NeighborWorks Rochester.  “The cities of Buffalo and Rochester face challenges of low average incomes and weaker housing markets, and these funds will help homebuyers to achieve more equity in their home purchase.”

 “For people whose American dream of owning their own home might have been just out of reach, Project Reinvest Homeownership will give them the opportunity to build wealth and a brighter future,” said Ed Jackson, Executive Director of West Side NHS. 

Project Reinvest: Homeownership is a 0% interest deferred grant. Homebuyers may qualify if they make at or below 100% of the Area Median Income for their county and if they are purchasing in a CDFI investment area (refer to this link).

Interested homebuyers should contact the lender of their choice for more information or to start an application. See below for a list of area partners:   

Erie County

Monroe County



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.

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