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Rent assistance in Buffalo and Erie County.

Find information on almost twenty of the leading agencies in Buffalo New York that provide rent help to the low income, unemployed, and less fortunate. The programs administered cover the city of Buffalo, as well as the greater Erie County New York region .Find emergency rental assistance from charities or churches, government grants to pay security deposits, and even free motel vouchers for cold weather.

The entire western New York region has been hit hard from long term economic weakness, and unfortunately the number of people who need some form of rent or housing help has increased year after year. These agencies recognize that, and many partner with both the federal government, the state of New York, and other local charities and non-profit organizations.

Each program will have its own application process and criteria that need to be met in order to receive rent help. Some of the non-profit agencies and programs will also have limited funding. It is always best to apply for grant or loan based help early, while the organizations still have funding, and before an eviction notice has been served.

While the ultimate goal is to keep people in their homes and apartments so they do not become homeless, the fact is that there are currently homeless individuals and families in the city of Buffalo. Some some of the agencies may administer programs to help them find a new home, pay their security deposits, first months rent, or even pay for moving costs and expenses.

Rent assistance in Buffalo New York and Erie County

Try calling or applying at one or more of these non-profits. While funding is limited, they will try to address your need or provide referrals if applicable. As there are many charities, non-profits, government rent and homeless prevention services as well as churches in the region that help with housing needs.

Belmont Housing Resources for WNY
Address - 1195 Main Street, Buffalo  NY 14209-2196
Phone number - (716) 884-7791
All Erie County residents can get help.




BHOP - Buffalo Housing/Homeless Outreach Program
2969 Main Street, Buffalo  NY 14214
Call for help - (716) 834-3131
Only the City of Buffalo is covered by this agency. Additional services are administered for currently homeless residents and families.

Buffalo City - Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo
Location - 470 Franklin Street, Buffalo New York 14202
Phone - (716) 882-0063
Low income, people facing eviction, and otherwise qualified Erie County residents can apply for help.

Erie County, Department of Environment and Planning runs the federal government funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. This is one of the main programs that was created from government stimulus funds, which is formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. If you apply for housing or rent help from this Erie County government agency, and are qualified, this organization may be able to provide rent or housing assistance. The target is for people who are faced with a short term hardship, and who just need a little additional support over the short term.

Farmworker Training & Employment Services - PathStone Corporation
Address - 419 Central Avenue, Dunkirk  NY 14048
Phone - (716) 366-9015
Covers all of Central and Western New York, including Buffalo and Erie County. Housing and rent assistance is offered, as well as other financial assistance programs. Some clients may receive a loan from the non-profit for their housing or rental needs.

Foreclosure Prevention Program
15 Genesee Street, Buffalo  NY 14203
Call - (716) 250-2412
Both rent and free foreclosure prevention is administered. Get information on federal government and state of New York mortgage and rental assistance programs





Hispanics United of Buffalo
254 Virginia Street, Buffalo  NY 14201
(716) 856-7110
This non-profit helps those across Erie County with housing, rent, and emergency situations. There is also immigrant housing assistance available.

Housing Listings - Catholic Charities
Office location - 128 Wilson Street, Buffalo  NY 14212
(716) 896-6388
Supports people of all religions in Erie County NY. Emergency financial aid, case management, transition housing, and information on shelters are offered.

Broadway Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. - NHS
780 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo  NY 14212
Telephone number - (716) 852-3130
BFNHS, Inc. offers 1-bedroom ($380.00/month) and 2-bedroom apartments ($450.00-$$575.00/month). BFNHS also provides a home repair program for low income residents within the Fillmore district of Buffalo, NY.

Housing Options Made Easy
75 Jamestown Street, Gowanda  NY 14070
Phone number - (800) 421-1114
Serving: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Monroe, and Niagara Counties.

Matt Urban HOPE Center
385 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo  NY 14212
Phone - (716) 893-7222
This housing center helps those across the City of Buffalo.

New Venture Housing Program - CAO
99 Harvard Place, Buffalo  NY 14209
Call for help - (716) 881-6277
Erie County low income can get rent help.

HIV/AIDS Services from American Red Cross of Erie County
786 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14209
Call (716) 878-2394
The local non-profit can help patients and their families impacted by HIV/AIDs. Assistance is for paying rent, utilities, mortgages, or even security deposits.





Supportive Services for Veterans SSVF - The government grant program assists homeless and veterans facing eviction. Emergency rent help, counseling and funds for deposits are offered. Or get access to transitional housing or low income apartments in the Buffalo New York area. Clients can get help in applying for public benefits, such as section 8 rental vouchers as well. Call (716) 898-0110.

478 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Emergency, one time assistance for water bills, rent to stop an eviction, moving or storage costs, and foreclosure prevention is offered. The government may issue forgivable loans in some cases for making a rent payment.

Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project of Buffalo. The lawyers offer free legal aid to seniors, low income families, and the disabled. Eviction defense, housing discrimination, civil law, and other matter are handled. Call (716) 847-0662.

Neighborhood Legal Services
237 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 847-0650
Another pro-bono law firm. The agency helps tenants who are facing eviction, that are behind on their rent and/or that are locked out of their apartments. Lawyers advise clients, for free, and help them get into public or subsidized housing. Landlord / tenant mediation and other programs are offered in Erie County.

Northtowns Office Belmont Housing Resources for WNY
33 Spruce Street, North Tonawanda  NY 14120-6305
Phone number - (716) 213-2784
Programs are offered for the entire region. In other words, all qualified Erie County residents can get help from the non-profit.

Rental Assistance - Belmont Housing Resources for WNY
1195 Main Street, Buffalo  NY 14209 (716) 884-7791
City of North Tonawanda. as well as Erie County are served by the agency. The non-profit can also help clients find low income apartments in the town to live in, and process applications for utility or rental deposit assistance.

Rental Assistance Corporation Of Buffalo, phone number (716) 882-0063, is a not-for profit organization that helps city residents. The City of Buffalo, as the Public Housing Authority (PHA), entered into a contract with this non-profit, as well as the federal government, for the purpose of administering the Section 8 Existing Housing programs. More on New York section 8 housing.

Salvation Army - Tonawanda
P.O. Box 191, 46 Broad Street, Tonawanda  NY 14151
Dial - (716) 693-3110
The Salvation Army helps those in zip codes of 14150, 14120, 14072, 14228. Shelter, eviction prevention, deposit, and rental assistance all may be offered.

Southtowns Office Belmont Housing Resources for WNY
Location - 174 Main Street, Hamburg  NY 14075-4917
Phone - (716) 312-8075
Erie County residents can get help with housing costs, rent, and referrals.







Eviction Prevention Services are available in western New York and Erie County. Agencies partner together to provide grants for housing needs (including rent, deposits, or motel vouchers) along with support to the tenant. More on eviction and rehousing in Erie County.

T-TAP - Tonawanda Temporary Assistance Program
1195 Main Street, Buffalo  NY 14209-2196
Dial - (716) 884-7791
Rental assistance for the Town of Tonawanda New York only.

Ways to Work Loan Programs - Child and Family Services
844 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo  NY 14209-2008
Phone - (716) 335-7400
Covers Erie County and the various towns and cities in the area.

By Jon McNamara

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