Local organization creates affordable housing and urban gardens

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — PUSH stands for People United for Sustainable Housing. It is a local membership-based community organization fighting to make affordable housing a reality on Buffalo’s West Side.

They are also putting in urban and rooftop gardens to help address the storm water problem in Buffalo. Buffalo, and a lot of older cities have a storm water overflow issue, that goes into the rivers and contaminates drinking sources. One way PUSH is trying to prevent that is through green infrastructure projects, such as green roofs, rain barrels and rain gardens.

PUSH gathers and stores storm water to use for their greenhouse and many local gardens. These gardens, made from old run-down plots of land are available for the community to come and grow their own plants and vegetables. And while volunteers are happily accepted, PUSH is trying to create actual work, and necessary work for people in the neighborhood to make a decent living wage.

For more information, check out their website http://pushbuffalo.org/.

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