Buffalo Builds Inc., a non-profit group that buys dilapidated homes in the city and trains residents to renovate them, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Buffalo Foundation.
The grant, which represents the first major contribution to Buffalo Builds from an outside source, will be used to buy materials for training projects. The organization was created by Buffalo businessman David W. McDuff, who spent $250,000 of his own money to start the job-training and home-renovation program.
This past year, trainees with Buffalo Builds completed renovation on a Minnesota Avenue house purchased from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. University Council Member Kevin J. Helfer is a co-founder and board member of the organization.
Gordon Gross, chairman of the governing committee of the Buffalo Foundation, lauded Buffalo Builds as an exciting "do-it-yourself" program.
"The homes renovated through the program help revitalize a neighborhood while Buffalo Builds prepares unemployed young people for a future livelihood. The foundation is proud to support this win-win initiative," Gross said.
Funding for the grant comes from the Judith Abbott Schoellkopf Memorial Fund established in 1982.