Erie County, New York Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 12,802 income based apartments in Erie County where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 6,991 affordable apartments in Erie County that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Erie County, New York

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Erie County. Go to the New York Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Erie County.

Mariner Towers

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

Cayuga Village

100 Hutchens Dr
Cheektowaga, New York
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
Accessible
62+

Bethel Estates

4647 Southwestern Blvd
Hamburg, New York
Income Based
1-2 BR
Rent Assisted

Linwood Lafayette Senior Apartments

637 Linwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+
Affordable

Grant Street Apartments

25 Grant Street
North Tonawanda, New York
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Cambridge Square Hamburg

3180 Cambridge Square S
Blasdell, New York
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Rent Assisted

Amherst Glen Senior Apartments

467 John James Audubon Pkwy
Amherst, New York
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Oakwood Senior Apartments

15 Oakwood Avenue
Blasdell, New York
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Piotr Stadnitski Gardens

100 Beck St
Buffalo, New York
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted

Riverview Manor Apartments

8 Hertel Ave
Buffalo, New York
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
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Affordable Housing In Erie County

View affordable apartments and waiting lists in cities near Erie County

City Apartments
Buffalo, NY Affordable Housing programs support 132 apartment communities in Buffalo.
Amherst, NY Affordable Housing programs support 17 apartment communities in Amherst.
Hamburg, NY Affordable Housing programs support 11 apartment communities in Hamburg.
Cheektowaga, NY Affordable Housing programs support 9 apartment communities in Cheektowaga.
Lackawanna, NY Affordable Housing programs support 7 apartment communities in Lackawanna.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Erie County, 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.

Waiting lists for project-based assistance, like the Public Housing program, are open:

Housing Authority Programs
Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Go to the New York Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Erie County.

Erie County, New York Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Erie County, New York

Erie County features 12,802 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 Erie County, New York

There are 6,991 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Erie County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Erie County, New York

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Erie County landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Erie County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Erie County, New York for a two-bedroom apartment is between $962 and $1,176.

2023 Erie County, 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
Erie County, New York Fair Market Rent $869 $908 $1,069 $1,309 $1,470
Erie County, New York Payment Standard Range $782 to $956 $817 to $999 $962 to $1,176 $1,178 to $1,440 $1,323 to $1,617

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Erie County, NY Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 236
Total Low Income Apartments 19,796
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 12,802
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 34.99%
Average Renter Household Size 2.08
Average Household Size 2.33
Median Household Income $51,247 ±$514
Median Rent $739 ±$5
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.77% ± 1.1pp
Total Population 921,584

Population and Household Demographics

Erie County is a county in New York with a population of 921,584. There are 382,846 households in the county with an average household size of 2.33 persons. 34.99% of households in Erie County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Erie County

The median gross income for households in Erie County is $51,247 a year, or $4,271 a month. The median rent for the county is $739 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Erie County, a household making less than $2,463 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.77% of households who rent are overburdened in Erie County.

Area Median Income In Erie County

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.

In Erie County, 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 Erie County

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 Erie County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Erie County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$18,450 $21,050 $23,700 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Erie County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$30,700 $35,100 $39,500 $43,850 $47,400 $50,900 $54,400 $57,900
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Erie County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$49,150 $56,150 $63,150 $70,150 $75,800 $81,400 $87,000 $92,600