BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Six months ago, Western New York was in shock after 10 lives were taken and three others injured in the Tops mass shooting. This week, we’re looking into what’s changed since the tragedy on major issues that have impacted the East Side for generations.
Earlier this week, News 4 reported on how there are numerous efforts to address food insecurity. We’re now taking a look at a state plan that has invested $50 million into the East Side. A big portion of that money is to help people with emergency home repairs.
Barbara Wilson lives on Moselle Street in Buffalo. She showed us the extensive water damage inside her home. The damage — so severe from years of having a leaky roof — that the wood paneling in her ceiling is exposed.
“Heavy rain, it would rain really bad in the house and I had to like put down buckets and stuff to catch the water and mop it up and everything,” Wilson said.
Barbara applied to the Buffalo East Home Improvement Program several years ago, but the program was derailed by COVID-19. After the Tops mass shooting, the state pumped $10 million into the program to help out residents like Wilson with emergency home repairs.
And right before the harsh Buffalo winter, Wilson had her roof repaired — no need for buckets all over the house.
“It been good, my friends been calling me and saying is it…