As The City of Good Neighbors, Buffalo must also be the city of great neighborhoods—close-knit communities that provide equitable opportunities and fully support residents. By improving the places where we live, sleep, work, and play, we can create communities that allow people to thrive in every aspect of their lives.
The John R. Oishei Foundation supports efforts that build strong, stable neighborhoods that are physically safe and attractive, and that provide access to healthy food, reliable transportation, quality healthcare, safe and affordable housing, vibrant commercial districts, quality schools, and meaningful employment opportunities.
Just as our focus on self sufficiency addresses the needs of the whole person, our focus on stabilizing neighborhoods addresses the comprehensive needs of the community. Communities cannot thrive if businesses need support, housing is inadequate, or nutrition is lacking.
We support efforts such as Habitat for Humanity (making the dream of homeownership a reality for families), the Healthy Corner Store Initiative (encouraging store owners to offer more nutritious food options for residents in food desert neighborhoods), and the expansion of Jericho Road into the Broadway Fillmore area (providing more access to healthcare in an underserved community).
Enhance connections between existing neighborhood revitalization efforts and new opportunities to address long-term issues with interrelated activities and focus.
Strengthen coalitions through support and guidance to build consensus and facilitate solution-based outcomes.
Empower residents to create neighborhood change and build sustainable communities; partner with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to develop shared action plans.
Build the capacity of organizations leading change to expand their influence in the community and create a positive ripple effect for systems change.