Tonawanda Street Clean-Up for NeighborWorks Week 2013

On Friday June 7, a major clean-up on Tonawanda Street will celebrate the 2013 National NeighborWorks® Week, led by West Side Neighborhood Housing Services, Black Rock-Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services, and North District Councilmember Joseph Golombek.

Volunteers will wash store windows, hang flower baskets, plant, and clean the street near Riverside Park. The clean-up kicks off a summer of activity on Tonawanda Street, including a Sunday Farmers’ Market that will take place in Riverside Park from July 14 to September 29.

Volunteers can join the clean-up at 8:30 a.m. on Friday at the AmVets Medallion Post 13, 25 Review Place, Buffalo, NY 14213. To RSVP to the event, contact:

Debbie Lombardo, Community Outreach Coordinator
(716) 877-3910


West Side Neighborhood Housing Services is part of the NeighborWorks® network, an affiliation of more than 235 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. During NeighborWorks® Week, NeighborWorks® organizations across the country will mobilize tens of thousands of businesspeople, residents and government officials in a week of neighborhood change and awareness. They will rehab and repair homes, paint and landscape properties, conduct neighborhood tours, recognize successful partnerships and host a number of events that educate, train and inform.


New Farmers' Market at Riverside Park

Photo by Cleber MoriThis summer, we are pleased to announce a brand new farmers market in Riverside Park! The Riverside Farmers' Market will run every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon, from July 14 to September 29.

Riverside Park was originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and is now one of Buffalo’s most vibrant outdoor areas. We aim to ensure that this market becomes a sustainable source of healthy, local food that will be a strong contributor to the social and economic vitality of our neighborhood.

The idea for a farmers' market came directly from the community itself. Several residents expressed frustration with the lack of food options, and requested a farmers' market throughout the summer months. After consultation with Councilmember Joseph Golombek,  we knew that by providing a needed service to the area, this market aligns with our commitment to neighborhood stability, local businesses, and positive community engagement. A farmers' market is the perfect venue for the kind of social and economic participation that helps neighborhoods come together and thrive.

Come see the market for yourself, and join us on July 14th for our opening day! Whether you are looking for fresh cut flowers, ripe strawberries, or simply some good conversation, we will have something for everyone. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to give us a call at (716) 877-3910. You can also find updates on our Facebook page, at

Below is our calendar of events. Take special note of our Craft Fair days, when local artists and artisans will sell a variety of jewelry, home goods, and gifts. We look forward to seeing you there!

Riverside Farmers' Market Calendar

July 14th: Opening Day!

July 21st: Farmers' Market and Craft Fair

July 28th: Farmers' Market

August 4th: Farmers' Market

August 11th: Farmers' Market

August 18th: Kids Day (Prizes, entertainers, and more!)

August 25th: Farmers' Market and Craft Fair

September 1th: Farmers' Market

September 8th: Farmers' Market

September 15th: Farmers' Market and Craft Fair

September 22nd: Farmers' Market

September 29th: Last Day of the Season


West Buffalo Rehab Initiative: Applications Open!

Email Emily Hackerson or call her at 716-885-2344 to request your application packet!

Complete applications must be returned by March 1.


Great news from 2012!

The numbers are in from our 2012 fiscal year, and they're looking pretty good!

For the details, check out our 2012 Annual Report.


Quick Tips to Avoid Foreclosure...

NeighborWorks AmericaDo you know anyone who is struggling with their mortgage payments and possibly are in danger of foreclosure? Here are a few quick tips they can take to avoid it. 

1. Contact your lender as soon as you realize that you have a problem.

Lenders do not want your house. They have options to help borrowers through difficult financial times. When you call your lender or housing counselor; be prepared with your account information and a summary of the financial problems you are experiencing. You should also have recent income statements and your household budget.

2. Don't ignore the problem.

The further behind you become, the harder it will be to reinstate your loan and the more likely that you will lose your house.

3. Contact a HUD-approved housing counseling agency.

For free guidance by calling the Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline – 888-995-HOPE (4673) – or go to The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds free housing counseling nationwide. Housing counselors can help you understand the law and your options, organize your finances and represent you in negotiations with your lender.

We here at West Side & Black Rock-Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services are a HUD-approved housing counseling agency.

4. Get help immediately.

If you are having difficulty paying your mortgage or know you will have difficulty in the near future, call your lender! Your lender will be able to provide you with options that may allow you to save your home. Connect with a local HUD-approved counseling agency for free by calling 1-888-995-HOPE (4673) or

5. Open and respond to all mail from your lender.

The first notices you receive will offer good information about foreclosure prevention options that can help you weather financial problems. Your failure to open the mail will not delay or stop the foreclosure process.

6. Know your mortgage rights.

Find your loan documents and read them so you know what your lender may do if you can't make your payments. Learn about the foreclosure laws and timeframes in your state (as every state is different) by contacting a HUD-approved housing counseling agency or your State Government Housing Office.

7. Understand foreclosure prevention options.

Valuable information about foreclosure prevention (also called loss mitigation) options can be found online at

8. Avoid so-called foreclosure prevention companies.

You don't need to pay fees for foreclosure prevention help--use that money to pay the mortgage instead. Many for-profit companies will contact you promising to negotiate with your lender. While these may be legitimate businesses, they will charge you a hefty fee (often two or three month's mortgage payment) for information and services your lender or a housing counselor will provide free if you contact them.

9. Never sign a legal document without reading and understanding all the terms and getting professional advice from a certified housing counselor.

If you sign a document appointing someone else to act on your behalf, you may be signing over the title to your property and becoming a renter in your own home!

10. Maintain a household budget.

A budget helps you recognize problems before they arise, and you can then change your commitments and behavior to prevent them. Every month, take a look at your expenses, especially if your circumstances—and your income—have changed. Set goals for yourself and work toward them.

Tips courtesy of Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, dba NeighborWorks® America


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