Thousands of community members — and countless law students — have benefited from this fund, which supports the Law School’s Affordable Housing Clinic.
UB’s housing clinic has given thousands of residents a chance at basic services and safe, clean living spaces – all while teaching UB Law School students marketable skills in the complicated world of nonprofit financing and government grants.
Since the clinic began, dozens of structures have been built in locations that span Niagara Falls, Buffalo’s East and West sides, and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
The clinic’s assistance was crucial, for instance, to establishing Carolyn’s House, a transitional housing shelter for women in Niagara Falls. “We wouldn’t have been able to do what we do without the clinic,” says Kathleen Granchelli, CEO of the YWCA of Niagara, who oversees the facility. Lisa Kaseman, a 2006 graduate of UB Law School, says that the clinic, “provided me a glimpse of how lives are deeply affected by having a place to call home. Building affordable housing is as much about building dreams and creating opportunities as it is building a home.” The fund was established in 2013 by Professor George M. Hezel '73 (founder of the clinic) and other donors.