About Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Buffalo, New York.

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority serves Erie County, Buffalo, Hamburg, Amherst, Cheektowaga, Eden, Boston, Akron, Angola, West Seneca, Alden, Williamsville, East Aurora, Tonawanda, Kenmore, Springville, Clarence, Grand Island, Lancaster, Lackawanna, Depew, Blasdell, Holland, Orchard Park, North Collins, Orchard Park Town, Amherst Town, Clarence Center, County Subdivisions not defined, Angola on the Lake, Aurora, Billington Heights, Brant, Colden, Collins, Concord, Eggertsville, Elma, Elma Center, Evans, Farnham, Grandyle Village, Harris Hill, Lake Erie Beach, Marilla, Newstead, North Boston, Sardinia, Sloan, Tonawanda Reservation, Town Line, University at Buffalo, Wales and Wanakah.

Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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

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.

Last Updated on 04/13/2017.

Erie County, New York Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in from April 2017; and prior to that in June 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Terminated from the HCV program due to insufficient program funding, persons eligible to participate in the Non-Elderly Disabled program.

4,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

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

Last Updated on 04/21/2017.


About the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority manages 410 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 57 3 5 274
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $507 $294 $568 $306
Monthly Cost $28,894 $881 $2,840 $83,798

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 11% having issued approximately 34 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 40 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $13,266 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 13% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 82% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

0% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 35% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 29% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 36% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

29% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 28% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.

73% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 49% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 38% include at least one person with a disability. 66% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 52% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

36% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 30% with 3 or more bedrooms. 31% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $331 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $420. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $97.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Operated by Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

345 Trenton Ave
Lakeview Seniors I is a 138 unit low income housing apartment community in Buffalo.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Buffalo.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
1 Jersey St
Lakeview Family Homes II is a 155 unit low income housing apartment community in Buffalo.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Buffalo.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
344 Perry St
Comm. Perry Ext. Hr., Slater and Mullen is a 400 unit low income housing apartment community in Buffalo.
515 Clinton St
Fd Fed, Redwood, Woodson and Ssc is a 138 unit low income housing apartment community in Buffalo.
326 Edison Ave
Kenfield Homes is a 658 unit low income housing apartment community in Buffalo.

Affordable Apartments near Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

5570 South Park Avenue
Claire Court is a 72 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Hamburg. Rents at Claire Court are $538-728.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Hamburg.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit HOME
109 North Buffalo Street
Springbrook Apartments is a 62 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Springville.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
255 Connecticut St
Santa Maria Towers is a 115 unit low income housing apartment community in Buffalo.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units

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