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.

1165 Delaware

1165 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, New York 14209

Manhattan Square Apartments

190 Manhattan Ave, Buffalo, New York 14215

Mf Rehab Christine Apartments - 526 Niagara

526 Niagara St, Buffalo, New York 14201

Cedargrove Heights

4 Allison Dr, Buffalo, New York 14225

Bowen Manor

17 W Utica St, Buffalo, New York 14209

West Side Residence

155 W Huron St, Buffalo, New York 14201

Abbott Road Residence

1135 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, New York 14220

St John Bosco Senior Housing

158 Chenango St, Buffalo, New York 14213

Dymphna Project

78 Northland Ave, Buffalo, New York 14208

Shoreline I

200 Niagara St, Buffalo, New York 14201

Advancing Independence

230 Mineral Springs Rd, Buffalo, New York 14210

Price Courts III

43 Mortimer Street , Buffalo, New York 14204

Packard Building

1325 Main St, Buffalo, New York 14209

East Side Housing Opportunities

1201 Michigan Ave, Buffalo, New York 14208

Artspace Buffalo - Artist Family Lofts

1219 Main St, Buffalo, New York 14209

Lakeview Phase III

157 10th St, Buffalo, New York 14201

Seneca Street Special Needs Sro

1603 Seneca St, Buffalo, New York 14210

A.D. Price

282 Madison St, Buffalo, New York 14212

State of New York

Cranberry Rd, Buffalo, New York 14226

Lower West Side Homes

Marine Drive Management Office, Buffalo, New York 14201

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.

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.