Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo

470 Franklin St
Buffalo, Erie County, New York
(716) 882-0063

Open today from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo is a public housing agency in Buffalo, New York that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.

Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo serves Erie County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Erie County, New York Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Other Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo Waiting Lists

Closed: Erie County, New York Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo (RACB) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one month from September until October, 2018. 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: Live, work or received an offer to work in Erie County.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the RACB website here, or call the office at (716) 882-0063.

Last Updated on 11/24/2018.

About Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo

More information about Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo can be found on its website at http://www.racbny.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/14/2018, it is not known if Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo is aborbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

About the Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo manages 4,928 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 4,675 15 124 59
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $460 $373 $369 $718
Monthly Cost $2,150,494 $5,593 $45,702 $42,354

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo

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 10% having issued approximately 513 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 69 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $13,058 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 75% were extremely low income (ELI). 25% of households had wages as a major source of income, 7% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 65% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

45% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 41% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

82% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 68% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo Housing Choice Voucher program, 31% include at least one person with a disability. 46% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 88% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

19% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 46% with 3 or more bedrooms. 40% 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 Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo voucher holders in 2016 was $333 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $483. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $119.



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.