Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
300 Perry St.
Buffalo, Erie County, NY

716-855-6711 http://www.ci.buffalo.ny.us/Home/CityServices/Buffalo_Municipal_Housing_Authority

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 20th, 2015.

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in June 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update April 15th, 2016.

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled households.


This housing authority offers more than 3,900 Public Housing units, located throughout Buffalo.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Call the BMHA office at (716) 855-6774 from 8:30 am until 4:15 pm ET.
  2. Visit the BMHA, located at 245 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222, from 8:30 am until 4:15 pm.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Displaced by government action, natural disaster, current or former employee of BMHA, or a veteran.

For more information, visit the BMHA website, or call the office at (716) 855-6711 from 8:30 am until 4:15 pm.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 24 projects which contain 4,155 affordable rental units. It also administers 400 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (91%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (9%) to that of all housing authorities in New York, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in New York.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority scored an average of 87 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2004 and a low score of 58 in 2003. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in New York is 76.39.

Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average New York housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/2/12 Plan
2011 5/2/11 Plan
2010 8/12/10 Plan
2009 6/12/09 Plan
2008 6/30/08 Plan
2007 9/5/07 Plan
2006 5/10/06 Plan
2005 6/27/05 Plan
2005 6/27/05 Plan
2004 5/12/04 Plan
2003 11/25/03 Plan
2002 9/9/02 Plan
2001 5/21/01 Plan
2000 10/16/00 Plan