The Numbers in Need website was developed through a collaboration between the Mobile Safety-Net Team (MSNT) and UBRI. The MSNT is an initiative of The John R. Oishei Foundation, created by the Foundation after the 2008 economic downturn to strengthen the region’s safety net by assessing community-based human services, removing access barriers, and identifying areas of unmet need. UBRI supports the MSNT to cultivate community partnerships and facilitate data-informed actions focused on addressing regional poverty.

Numbers in Need assesses poverty and factors that contribute to economic vulnerability such as access to higher-paying jobs, educational attainment, safe and affordable housing, transportation options, and the availability of services in 12 representative communities.

These communities represent urban, suburban and rural areas in Erie and Niagara Counties. Data findings are supplemented with input and perspectives from residents, service providers and community leaders. UBRI, in partnership with the Mobile Safety-Net Team, engaged these individuals through surveys, focus group conversations and one-on-one interviews. To date, thousands of perspectives and experiences contributed to the findings contained in Numbers in Need.

The Numbers in Need Buffalo Niagara Regional Report summarizes findings from all 12 of the community reports and presents strategies, models, and considerations for the future, including the potential ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Get an introduction to the Numbers in Need website through a recorded presentation.