Homelessness

Congressman Brian Higgins announces more than $12 million to combat homelessness in WNY. January 22, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Congressman Brian Higgins announces more than $12 million to combat homelessness in WNY. January 22, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
January 25, 2020 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Congressman Brian Higgins announced more than $12 million in federal grants to multiple local organizations in an effort to combat homelessness.
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Pastor Eric Johns and his family embarks to Downtown Buffalo to live with homeless for next week. November 25, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Pastor Eric Johns and his family embarks to Downtown Buffalo to live with homeless for next week. November 25, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
WBEN Newsroom
November 30, 2019 - 7:54 am
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - For 21 years, a Buffalo pastor has been hitting the streets with the homeless to bring the gravity of the societal problem to the headlines during the start of the holiday season. Rev. Eric Johns, pastor of The Buffalo Dream Center, began a week on the streets, living with...
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Pastor Eric Johns and his family embarks to Downtown Buffalo to live with homeless for next week. November 25, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Pastor Eric Johns and his family embarks to Downtown Buffalo to live with homeless for next week. November 25, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
November 25, 2019 - 7:00 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A Buffalo area pastor took to the streets on Monday for the 21st consecutive year in an effort to connect and shine a light on homelessness in Western New York. Pastor Eric Johns from the Buffalo Dream Center on the city's west side began his trek to Downtown Buffalo on...
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Brendan Keany
March 20, 2019 - 1:38 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - Congressman Brian Higgins was joined by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz this morning to announce federal funding to help curb homelessness in Western New York. Brian Higgins is joined by Mark Poloncarz to announce that the Department of Housing and Urban...
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - There's been a strong response to a fundraising and awareness effort kicked-off by the Restoration Society and Code Blue, following the death of Larry Bierl, during blizzard conditions in January. "During that extreme weather event, we lost Larry, a homeless man from...
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February 07, 2019 - 3:00 pm
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Following the tragic death of Larry Bierl during the blizzard conditions in Williamsville last week, an effort is underway to help raise funds and awareness for the Code Blue effort in Buffalo in memory of Bierl. Larry Bierl was a well known individual in Williamsville and...
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Tim Wenger
February 02, 2019 - 9:45 am
Williamsville, N.Y. (WBEN) - Larry Bierl didn't like his photograph being taken. Larry chose to live on his own, on the streets and regularly refused offers of assistance from concerned residents, agencies and businesses. Larry lived a life most of us find difficult to understand. Larry was found...
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Cynthia Nixon leaves her first campaign event in Buffalo on April 25, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
May 04, 2018 - 4:55 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — "Sex and the City" star and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon released tax returns on Friday showing she and her wife had an income of $1.9 million last year and gave about $53,000 to charity. The Democratic candidate released the returns after initially filing an...
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Joe Hyer
December 01, 2017 - 2:47 pm
This story inspired us all to do a little good this holiday season because it's heartwarming in so many ways. A New Jersey woman ran out of gas while driving to Philadelphia. Knowing she was quite upset, a homeless man came to her rescue with a can filled with gas. That man actually spent his last...
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