Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo

470 Franklin Street
Buffalo, Erie County, New York 14202

Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of May 26th, 2022, Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo serves Erie County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Erie County, New York Housing Choice Voucher Open Now

Open Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo Waiting Lists

Open Now: Erie County, New York Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open.

The RACB is accepting applications for this waiting list from April 11, 2022 at 10:00 am, until May 6, 2022 at 3:00 pm ET.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Live, work or received an offer to work in Erie County.

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

For more information, visit the RACB website.

Sources: This information was verified by the RACB and takmihan.com on March 25, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Erie County, New York.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (716) 882-0063, Ext. 106.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 04/11/2022.

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/.

Representatives of Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo may be available by phone at (716) 882-0063. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of May 26th, 2022, it is not known if Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 05/26/2022, it is not known if Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


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

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo manages 4,864 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 4,635 18 109 57
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $491 $390 $382 $1,044
Monthly Cost $2,277,592 $7,012 $41,588 $59,529

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.