CEO Buffalo Participants Clean Up Government-Owned Housing
From the BUFFALO NEWS
By Deidre Williams
The City of Buffalo recently obtained 33 vacant and run-down houses at a foreclosure auction that out-of-town landlords had all but abandoned.
Now, the city is getting ready to fix up the properties so they can be sold.
But instead of assigning city employees to the task, or hiring a construction firm, the city is turning to an organization that employs men and women just released from prison and jail.
If, as expected, the Common Council authorizes the Brown administration’s plan, the city will spend as much as $300,000 over the next two years to clean and fix the vacant houses. Ex-convicts transitioning back to society will do the work. Each participant earns $84.95 daily for 6 1/2 hours of work.