Affordable Housing In Buffalo
Waiting List Openings In Buffalo
127 Low Income Apartment Communities In Buffalo
Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Buffalo, New York
Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.
Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.
Public Housing Agencies Serving Buffalo, New York
|Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing|
|Town of Amherst||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)|
|City of North Tonawanda||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)|
|Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)|
|Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)|
Guide To Affordable Housing in Buffalo, New York
There are 127 low income housing apartment communities offering 12,570 affordable apartments for rent in Buffalo, New York.
Income Based Apartments in Buffalo, New York
Buffalo features 8,198 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.
Low Rent Apartments in Buffalo, New York
There are 4,372 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Buffalo.
Housing Choice Vouchers in Buffalo, New York
On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Buffalo landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Buffalo.
The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Buffalo, New York for a two-bedroom apartment is between $867 and $1,059.
2022 Buffalo, New York Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards
Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
|Studio||One BR||Two BR||Three BR||Four BR|
|Buffalo, New York Fair Market Rent||$774||$812||$963||$1,190||$1,334|
|Buffalo, New York Payment Standard Range||$697 to $851||$731 to $893||$867 to $1,059||$1,071 to $1,309||$1,201 to $1,467|
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
Buffalo, NY Affordable Housing Snapshot
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||127|
|Total Low Income Apartments||12,570|
|Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance||8,198|
|Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters||58.5%|
|Average Renter Household Size||2.20|
|Average Household Size||2.27|
|Median Household Income||$31,918 ±$678|
|Median Rent||$699 ±$8|
|Percentage Of Renters Overburdened||51.64% ± 1.62pp|
Population and Household Demographics
Buffalo is a city in Erie County, New York with a population of 259,517. There are 110,549 households in the city with an average household size of 2.27 persons. 58.5% of households in Buffalo are renters.
Income and Rent Overburden in Buffalo
The median gross income for households in Buffalo is $31,918 a year, or $2,660 a month. The median rent for the city is $699 a month.
Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Buffalo, a household making less than $2,330 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.64% of households who rent are overburdened in Buffalo.
Area Median Income In Buffalo
Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.
HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Buffalo, the AMI is calculated from all households within Erie County.
In Buffalo, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $87,700
Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.
Rental Assistance in Buffalo
Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.
Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Buffalo
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|30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Buffalo AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
|50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Buffalo AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
|80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Buffalo AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.