Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
300 Perry St., Buffalo, New York 14204


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. 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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority manages 17 rental properties which have an average inspection score of 66. The scores for properties managed by Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority range from a high of 99 to a low of 28.

The highest scoring property in the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority portfolio is Lakeview On The Park and the lowest scoring property is Comm. Perry Homes & Ext. Rowhouses.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 65% of properties managed by Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority have a passing score.

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

Waiting List Status:

The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

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Section 8 Vouchers

Large (1,250 - 9,999)

Public Housing Size

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Section 8 Size


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