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Pioneering law clinic helps create affordable housing

For more than 20 years, the Law School's Affordable Housing Clinic has taken the lead in creating high-quality, low-income housing to meet the needs of residents of Western New York. The UB clinic is the oldest of affordable housing clinics at U.S. law schools.

“The clinic provides a unique and valuable service to (community-based) nonprofits in terms of accessing resources for the creation of affordable housing. We’re strengthening the neighborhoods in Buffalo.” Lauren Breen,
Clinical Instructor, Law School

Since its inception, more than $200 million in affordable housing funding has been secured for Western New York projects by law students and law faculty participating in the clinic.

Projects funded with its assistance have created more than 2,000 units of affordable housing for low-income families, the elderly, targets of domestic violence, and persons with disabilities.

Working with the region's prominent community organizations, UB Law's Affordable Housing Clinic over the years has helped develop many of Western New York's most vital community resources, including Cornerstone Manor Transitional Housing, Trinity Park Senior Apartments, Hope House, St. Ann's Apartments, and Carolyn's House of Niagara Falls, which houses 19 homeless women and their children.

"We couldn't have created Carolyn's House without the help of UB and the clinic," said Kathleen Granchelli, CEO of YWCA of Niagara, which operates the house. "This is not just housing. The most important component is moving families from dependence to independence."


“Cornerstone support”
Affordable Housing Clinic helps bring Buffalo City Mission's expanded Cornerstone Manor to reality for homeless women and children.

“Law School Clinic Helps People Secure Housing, Independence”
In a run-down section of city street in Niagara Falls—flanked by abandoned homes and across from a shuttered hospital—a dilapidated old dormitory for nurses has gotten a new start as transitional housing for homeless women and their children.

“Greener Affordable Housing: Fighting Poverty and Pollution”
Is it possible to fight poverty and pollution at the same time? A report suggests that Buffalo, the state and the non-profit community can do just that by "greening" their affordable housing programs.

O'Brien Hall on UB's North CampusLaw School