Save Our Streets Program
Save Our Streets (SOS) Task Force
Under the leadership of Mayor Brown, the Save Our Streets (SOS) Task Force is comprised of various law enforcement and government agencies. The charge of the Task Force is to empower residents in the community, and improve the quality of life in the City of Buffalo by ridding residential properties of drug activity, nuisance properties, and other neighborhood issues in a collaborative manner.
Operation Clean Sweep
Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City of Buffalo's Operation Clean Sweep Initiative brings together city, state and federal partners - in conjunction with local health and human services providers and community groups - to eliminate blight and further reduce crime to record lows, while providing needed social services. Clean Sweep is organized and implemented through a three-pronged approach: Beautification and Restoration, Outreach and Education, and Codes and Law Enforcement. Over a six-month period, teams descend on target neighborhoods in all nine Council Districts, on a rotating basis each week.
Activities Include, But Are Not Limited To:
- Boarding up abandoned structures
- Removing graffiti and debris
- Code enforcement
- Community policing
- Trimming trees
- Repairing signs
- Going door-to-door offering governmental, employment and health & human services information
Recognized for Innovation
Mayor Brown and the City's Operation Clean Sweep program has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on the city and its residents by leveraging non-traditional, innovative approaches to improve the overall quality-of-life and to promote an even stronger sense of community engagement and involvement. Residents know that by working together with their local government, they are an important force in improving and maintaining the integrity of the communities in which they work and live.
The use of an inter-department and inter-agency collaborative approach to pool resources from federal, state and local government and community groups/non-profits puts forward a new innovative model for cost-effective public sector service and private sector partnership.
Operation Clean Sweep in the News
Landlord Training Program
The SOS Task Force is also continuing its free Landlord Training Program. The vast majority of the attendees have enrolled voluntarily. However, City of Buffalo City Court Housing Patrick M. Carney will also mandate attendance for residents he feels would benefit from the program. In addition, first time homeowners who are purchasing two family homes are being referred to our program to qualify for their mortgages.
In addition to that, The SOS Task Force has developed a free Advanced Landlord Training for property owners who have completed the basic Landlord Training Program. The Advanced course runs simultaneously with the above Training Program. It consists of 5 to 6 in-depth workshops that elaborate on topics covered in the basic Landlord Training. The landlords are allowed to choose up to 5 workshops to attend.