The UB Regional Institute

A unit of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning

UBRI and UDP Partner with Oishei to Assess Needs and Develop Strategies to Strengthen the Region's Safety Net

The UB Regional Institute and Urban Design Project are partnering with The John R. Oishei Foundation on an initiative that will strengthen the human services safety net within communities across the Buffalo Niagara region. The research will support the Foundation’s Mobile Safety-Net Team which has been working in selected communities in Erie and Niagara Counties since 2009 to help connect residents with services and gather information about residents’ needs and the service capacities existing within each community.

The institute will synthesize the data and information collected by the Mobile Safety-Net Team. The institute’s work will also engage service providers, experts and service users to study and recommend opportunities for strengthening the region’s safety net to connect with a greater number of residents more comprehensively. If there are gaps in services or barriers residents face to readily accessing services, these will be identified and opportunities for closing service gaps and removing barriers will come out of this work. Findings will be compiled in the form of community-level reports, each of which will present community profiles, resident needs assessments, service maps, an analysis of points of entry and barriers, and, finally, recommendations and strategies based on best practices for strengthening the human services delivery system. The work will commence in June 2012 and conclude by August 2013.

The John R. Oishei Foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region. The Foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation.

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