Lockport Canal Homes
Location: Lockport, New York
Target Population: Low-Income Households and Survivors of Domestic Violence and their families
Amenities: New Construction; quality materials and design; constructed using Green Building Criteria; energy-efficient appliances; water conserving fixtures; washer & dryer hook-ups in units; off-street parking; Central Air Conditioning; Visitable & Accessible Units; Community Center and a Children’s play area
Partners: YWCA of Niagara, Passero Associates; KeyBank, Enterprise; City of Lockport, NYS HCR; NYS OTDA, Lockport Neighborhood Revitalization, Inc.
Several years ago, a local group of concerned citizens in the Genesee Street neighborhood sought out the assistance of Housing Visions to help revitalize their community. Over the course of the collaboration, a local non-profit formed in Lockport with the goal of revitalizing housing in the city. Together, we identified and developed 9 buildings to renovate or demolish and rebuild. As part of this project, Housing Visions partnered with the YWCA of Niagara to reserve 9 units as permanent supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence in eastern Niagara County. We worked together to formulate a revitalization plan for the neighborhood by focusing on Genesee Street, which is a gateway into downtown, and a well-known street in need of investment and just one block from the headquarters of the YWCA. The project borders Downtown Lockport and leverages the investment that the City made in Downtown over the last 10 years.