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Affordable Housing In Buffalo
Putnam County, West Virginia

1 Low Income Apartment Communities In Buffalo

Smithfield Estates

26 Shirley Drive
Buffalo, West Virginia
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Housing Authorities that serve Buffalo

Housing Authority Programs
Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Buffalo, West Virginia

There are 1 low income housing apartment communities offering 14 affordable apartments for rent in Buffalo, West Virginia.

Income Based Apartments in Buffalo, West Virginia

Buffalo features 0 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, West Virginia

There are 14 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Buffalo.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Buffalo, West Virginia

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Buffalo landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in Buffalo.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Buffalo, West Virginia for a two-bedroom apartment is between $824 and $1,007.

2020 Buffalo, West Virginia 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
Fair Market Rent $638 $697 $915 $1,200 $1,446
Payment Standard Range $574 to $702 $627 to $767 $824 to $1,007 $1,080 to $1,320 $1,301 to $1,591

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Buffalo, WV Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 1
Total Low Income Apartments 14
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 14.54%
Average Renter Household Size 2.82
Average Household Size 2.61
Median Household Income $37,115 ±$9,249
Median Rent $577 ±$112
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 52.05% ± 21.86pp
Total Population 1,331

Population and Household Demographics

Buffalo is a city in Putnam County, West Virginia with a population of 1,331. There are 502 households in the city with an average household size of 2.61 persons. 14.54% of households in Buffalo are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Buffalo

The median gross income for households in Buffalo is $37,115 a year, or $3,093 a month. The median rent for the city is $577 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Buffalo, a household making less than $1,923 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 52.05% of households who rent are overburdened in Buffalo.

Area Median Income In Buffalo

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.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Buffalo, the AMI is calculated from all households within Putnam County.

In Buffalo, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $77,100

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 Buffalo

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 Buffalo

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,250 $18,550 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $27,000 $30,850 $34,700 $38,550 $41,650 $44,750 $47,850 $50,900
80% of Median $43,200 $49,400 $55,550 $61,700 $66,650 $71,600 $76,550 $81,450