Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Buffalo, NY

Discover affordable housing in Buffalo where there are 132+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Mariner Towers

186 Efner Street, Buffalo, New York 14201

St. John Townhomes

818 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14203

Linwood Lafayette Senior Apartments

637 Linwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14209

Jefferson Avenue Apartments

1140 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo, New York 14208

Hopkins Independent Living

257 Hopkins St, Buffalo, New York 14220

School House Commons

1005 Grant St, Buffalo, New York 14207

Roosevelt Apartments

921 Main St, Buffalo, New York 14203

Ellicott Park Townhomes

10 Durham Ct, Buffalo, New York 14228

1490 Estates Housing

1512 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, New York 14208

Pilgrim Village

38 Holloway Blvd, Buffalo, New York 14209

Buffalo Housing

491 Connecticut St, Buffalo, New York 14213

Geranium Housing

590 Amherst St, Buffalo, New York 14207

Braco - I

352 Franklin St, Buffalo, New York 14202

Monsignor Adamski Village

855 William St, Buffalo, New York 14206

Baptist Manor

276 Linwood Ave, Buffalo, New York 14209

Touraine Apartments

274 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, New York 14202

Timon Towers

1015 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, New York 14209

St Marks Manor

120 Albemarle St, Buffalo, New York 14207

Sycamore Mills Apartments

946 Sycamore St, Buffalo, New York 14212

God City Apartments

175 Pershing Ave, Buffalo, New York 14208

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Buffalo, New York
$7.03 (+47%) more than New York minimum wage and $14.78 (+204%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve 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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing programs for Buffalo, New York.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Buffalo, New York.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Buffalo, New York.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Buffalo, New York.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Buffalo, New York.

Go to the New York Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Buffalo.

How many renters live in Buffalo, New York?

The City of Buffalo has 276,491 people living in 122,578 households.

There are 141,672 renters living in 69,188 renter households in this City. Renters make up 51.24 percent of the population living in Buffalo.

What is the rental market like in Buffalo, New York?

There are an estimated 139,156 housing units in the Buffalo area. Of these, 73,444 units are rental homes, making up 53 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Buffalo, New York, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Buffalo?

The rental vacancy rate in Buffalo is 5 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Buffalo for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Buffalo
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
2,341 14,050 27,617 18,770 4,797
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Buffalo

A large number of apartments in Buffalo have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Buffalo are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 47 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 29 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Buffalo

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $951 to $1,604. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $951
One BR $992
Two BR $1,163
Three BR $1,424
Four BR $1,604
2024 Fair Market Rents in Buffalo, New York

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Buffalo?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 1,629 70 percent
One BR 8,958 64 percent
Two BR 19,005 69 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Buffalo, New York

How many affordable rental units are in Buffalo?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Buffalo, New York including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 5,710
Public Housing 4,032
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 2,859
Section 236 Rental Assistance 31
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 420
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 124
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Buffalo, New York

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Buffalo, New York

Buffalo features 7,588 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 4,632 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 $1,047 and $1,279.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.