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Affordable Housing In Buffalo
Erie County, New York

131 Low Income Apartment Communities In Buffalo

Mariner Towers

186 Efner Street
Buffalo, New York
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Affinity Sutton Place

113 Travers Blvd
Buffalo, New York
$750-1,055
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Hertel Park Senior Residences

1607 Hertel Ave
Buffalo, New York
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Holling Homes

1 Holling Drive
Buffalo, New York
Call For Rent
1 BR

Jasper Parrish

77 Jasper Parrish Dr
Buffalo, New York

Kelly Gardens

110 Cornwall Street
Buffalo, New York

Frederick Douglass Towers

515 Clinton St
Buffalo, New York

Kenfield Homes

35 Tower Street
Buffalo, New York

Sedita and Stuyvesant Apartments

245 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York

Santa Maria Towers

255 Connecticut St
Buffalo, New York
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Housing Authorities that serve Buffalo

Housing Authority Programs
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 131 low income housing apartment communities offering 12,822 affordable apartments for rent in Buffalo, New York.

Income Based Apartments in Buffalo, New York

Buffalo features 8,145 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 4,677 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 $759 and $927.

2020 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
Fair Market Rent $674 $703 $843 $1,051 $1,190
Payment Standard Range $607 to $741 $633 to $773 $759 to $927 $946 to $1,156 $1,071 to $1,309

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Buffalo, NY Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 131
Total Low Income Apartments 12,822
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 8,145
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
Total Population 259,517

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 $77,600

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

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,350 $18,650 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $27,200 $31,050 $34,950 $38,800 $41,950 $45,050 $48,150 $51,250
80% of Median $43,500 $49,700 $55,900 $62,100 $67,100 $72,050 $77,050 $82,000