Governor Cuomo Announces Gerard Place Community Center Now Open on Buffalo's East Side

September 9, 2019

Project Furthers Gerard Place's Mission of Strengthening the Community and Empowering Individuals and Families Toward Self-Sufficiency

Photos of Gerard Place Can Be Found Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the $6 million transformation of a former parish hall into the new Gerard Place Community Center on the East Side of Buffalo. Gerard Place works to eliminate barriers which prevent people from escaping poverty. Gerard Place has expanded its Bailey Avenue services, providing opportunities for local residents to complete their education, develop job skills and provide childcare for families, as well as bridge the food desert gaps in the high need Bailey-Delevan community. These support services are designed to eliminate barriers to employment, positioning families to become economically stable, while transforming the neighborhood into a thriving community. The project received more than $1.75 million in state funding including from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council for construction and workforce development initiatives at the center.

"As opportunities in Buffalo continue to grow there is an increased demand for a strong and skilled workforce," Governor Cuomo said. "Gerard Place is opening doors, creating opportunities, and providing services - like daycare and continuing education - to the Bailey-Delevan neighborhood that will give everyone the support they need to boost employment and access careers with tangible growth."

Read the full press release here.