Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Erie County, NY

Discover affordable housing in Erie County where there are 236+ 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.

Oak Housing

Sheridan Dr, Clarence, New York 14031

Maple Apartments

3611 UNION RD, Cheektowaga, New York 14225

Southwind Landing Apartments

5074 Transit Rd, Depew, New York 14043

Hopkins Independent Living

257 Hopkins St, Buffalo, New York 14220

Gamma Housing Corporation

1159 Eden Evans Center Rd, Angola, New York 14006

Epsilon Housing

8169 Boston State Rd, Colden, New York 14033

Community Village

60 Colonial Dr, Springville, New York 14141

School House Commons

1005 Grant St, Buffalo, New York 14207

Woodland Place

4791 William St, Depew, New York 14043

Linda Lane Apartments

11 Linda Dr, Cheektowaga, New York 14225

Maple Terrace

206 Maple Rd, East Aurora, New York 14052

Mussachio Garden Apartments

10325 Main St, North Collins, New York 14111

Holland Meadows

37 Meadow Ln, Holland, New York 14080

Colonial Meadows

6012 Broadway St, Lancaster, New York 14086

508 E Main Street

508 E Main St, Springville, New York 14141

Holly Apartments

174 N Main St, Angola, New York 14006

Burchfield Commons

2290 Union Rd, West Seneca, New York 14224

Pepper Tree Heights

285 Peppertree Dr, Amherst, New York 14228

Roosevelt Apartments

921 Main St, Buffalo, New York 14203

Ellicott Park Townhomes

10 Durham Ct, Buffalo, New York 14228

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Erie County, 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 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.

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

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

How many renters live in Erie County, New York?

The County of Erie County has 950,312 people living in 411,422 households.

There are 276,165 renters living in 141,427 renter households in this County. Renters make up 29.06 percent of the population living in Erie County.

What is the rental market like in Erie County, New York?

There are an estimated 441,303 housing units in the Erie County area. Of these, 148,755 units are rental homes, making up 34 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Erie County, New York, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Erie County?

The rental vacancy rate in Erie County is 4 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 Erie County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Erie County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
3,667 30,520 65,703 32,032 6,669
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Erie County

A large number of apartments in Erie County 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 Erie County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 46 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 27 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 Erie County

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 Erie County, New York

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

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 2,231 61 percent
One BR 18,585 61 percent
Two BR 38,045 58 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Erie County, New York

How many affordable rental units are in Erie County?

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

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 8,152
Public Housing 4,716
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 5,960
Mod Rehab Project-Based Rental Assistance 119
Section 236 Rental Assistance 31
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 1,294
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 294
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 493
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Erie County, New York

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

Income Based Apartments in Erie County, New York

Erie County features 12,202 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 6,452 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 $1,047 and $1,279.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.