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

Discover affordable housing in Buffalo where there are 187+ 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.

197 Condon Ave

197 Condon Ave, Buffalo, New York 14207

bed 3
payment $1395/mo.

Frederick Douglass Towers

515 Clinton St, Buffalo, New York 14204

bed 1-3

Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village

3735 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, New York 14217

bed 1

144 Claremont Ave Unit #11

144 Claremont Ave Unit #11, Buffalo, New York 14222

bed 3
payment $1400/mo.

1034 Elmwood Ave Unit Upper

1034 Elmwood Ave Unit Upper, Buffalo, New York 14222

bed 4
payment $1500/mo.

131 Southside Pkwy Unit 5

131 Southside Pkwy Unit 5, Buffalo, New York 14220

bed 1
payment $850/mo.

144 Eller Ave Unit Uppper

144 Eller Ave Unit Uppper, Buffalo, New York 14211

bed 3
payment $1150/mo.

562 Wilson St

562 Wilson St, Buffalo, New York 14211

bed 3
payment $1200/mo.

Kensington Apartments

1617 Kensington Ave, Buffalo, New York 14215

bed 2
payment $950/mo.

469 Breckenridge St

469 Breckenridge St, Buffalo, New York 14213

bed 5
payment $1395/mo.

835 Woodlawn Ave Unit 2

835 Woodlawn Ave Unit 2, Buffalo, New York 14211

bed 2
payment $1000/mo.

841 West Ave

841 West Ave, Buffalo, New York 14213

bed 3
payment $1350/mo.

167 Sanders Rd

167 Sanders Rd, Buffalo, New York 14216

bed 2
payment $1150/mo.

160 Courtland Ave Unit 2nd Floor (rear)

160 Courtland Ave Unit 2nd Floor (rear), Buffalo, New York 14215

bed 2
payment $1095/mo.

444 Parkdale Ave Unit Lower Apt.

444 Parkdale Ave Unit Lower Apt., Buffalo, New York 14213

bed 1
payment $950/mo.

1943 Niagara St

1943 Niagara St, Buffalo, New York 14207

bed 3
payment $1225/mo.

464 W Utica St

464 W Utica St, Buffalo, New York 14213

bed 3
payment $1275/mo.

467 Fargo Ave

467 Fargo Ave, Buffalo, New York 14213

bed 1
payment $935/mo.

438 Parkdale Ave Unit Lower Apt.

438 Parkdale Ave Unit Lower Apt., Buffalo, New York 14213

bed 2
payment $1000/mo.

17 Southampton St Unit Apartment 2

17 Southampton St Unit Apartment 2, Buffalo, New York 14209

bed 2
payment $1100/mo.

How To Identify Affordable Housing in Buffalo, New York

Look for program and preference badges on affordable apartment listings. These badges can help you identify the types of low income housing each apartment offers and if you may be eligbile for rental assistance or reduced rents.

Badge Description
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
Low income apartments with no or short waiting lists.
payment Subsidized
Low income housing where the rent is subsidized and the renter pays only a portion of total rent.
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
Apartments that accept Section 8 vouchers near you
elderly Senior
Rental housing for seniors who are 55 (or sometimes 62) and older.
payment Income Based
Affordable apartments where the rent paid is based on renter income.
accessibility Accessible
Meets Accessibilty Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, or HUD policy.
accessible_forward Disability
Apartments for individuals or families with disabilities.
The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Buffalo, New York
$22.03/hour
$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.
Operates the Family Self-Sufficiency 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 people living in households.

There are renters living in 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 housing units in the Buffalo area. Of these, units are rental homes, making up percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Buffalo, New York, there are 1.06 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 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
Public Housing
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance
Section 236 Rental Assistance
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
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 7,296 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 5,327 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.