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Low income and transitional housing programs Erie County and Buffalo.

Charities, churches, and government agencies in Erie County New York provide low income housing as well as the homeless with shelter. Also locate transitional housing programs, free motel or hotel vouchers and well as other short term housing programs. These resources, and others that are available, can also assist people facing imminent eviction. Assistance is also offered for individuals that are facing short or long term homelessness.

Much of the housing assistance is provided by non-profits, often working in partnership with government agencies. The demand for affordable and safe housing in the nation as well as the city of Buffalo (as well as the county) is very high. So the resources and availability is very limited. A waiting list will often be used for a homeless shelter or voucher program, including section 8.

The transitional housing programs are also for short term stays. When an individual uses the facilities they will be able to get help with finding a job, a hot meal, and assistance in locating a new, permanent home to live in. There are also referrals to emergency section 8 vouchers in NY when applicable. Social workers can also help individuals apply for re-housing and rent assistance when they are ready to move into a new apartment.

Altamont Program Inc.
70 and 72 Sycamore Street
Buffalo, New York 14203
Call (716) 842-6263
The location is a housing facility for chronically homeless males. Residents can also receive ongoing case management, medication, life skills training, and other support.

Altamont Veterans Housing - Peter Young Housing
26 and 30 Wyoming Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
Telephone number is (716) 881-5855

Amity House
Main address is 150 Wesley Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14214
Call (716) 874-8190
In addition to low income housing, access counseling, daily living skills training & support, and work on the development of educational, employment or vocational plans.




Bissonette House - Peaceprints Prison Ministries
335 Grider Street
Buffalo, New York 14215
Telephone - (716) 856-6131

Canaan Ministries Inc.
Address: 1140 Walden Avenue
Cheektowaga  NY 14211
(716) 892-1563
Transitional housing for Erie County women. They need to be in recovery or previously incarcerated. GED training and other support is also offered.

Chemical Dependency Prog-Female Residential
Location of the center is 845 Routes 5 and 20
Gowanda New York 14081
(716) 951-7321

Christian Based Recovery Housing
Location: 28 Wholers Avenue
Buffalo NY 14208
Telephone: (716) 885-5162

City Mission
Main address: 100 East Tupper Street
Buffalo, New York 14203
(716) 854-8181
Offers an emergency shelter for men and general counseling. Free meals, food, and clothing is also offered. Special Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are served to people using the housing program.

Cudmore Heights Residence - Buffalo Psychiatric Center
Address of center is 400 Forest Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14213
Main phone - (716) 816-2393





Domestic Violence Program - YWCA of the Tonawandas
Location is 49 Tremont Street
North Tonawanda, New York 14120 (716) 692-5580
Helps residents of both Niagara County & Erie County New York. The non-profit provides housing and free counseling for children and women who have experienced domestic violence. There is also a homeless shelter for those who need a place to stay for a short period of time. Other assistance includes legal aid, advocacy, community referrals, free child care, and more. They also run the Carrel House transitional housing program.

Ex-Offender Services
Address: 1370 William Street
Buffalo, New York 14206
(716) 854-1086

Family Promise of Western New York
Location is 16 Glendhu Place
Buffalo, New York 14210
Telephone - (716) 821-9100
Emergency shelter, food, and support for the homeless and those facing eviction. Numerous churches, charities, and non-profits work together to offer low income housing and shelter.

Gerard Place Housing First For Families
Address is 2515 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14215
Main number is (716) 897-9948
The goal is on rapid rehousing. This is a service in the county. More on Erie County NY homeless prevention and rehousing.

Gerard Place Transitional Housing
Office address: 2515 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo NY 1421
(716) 897-9948
Another center is in Williamsville, New York 14231. Call (716) 893-1840.
The center is a faith-based organization that operates transitional housing and short term residences for men and women. The location also serves homeless adults in Erie County who are under supervision by the New York State Division of Parole.

Grant Street Residence
656 Grant Street
Buffalo, New York 14213
Dial (716) 883-9334
A homeless shelter to get out of the cold. It is generally available during the cold winter months.

Haven House - Child and Family Services
P.O. Box 451
Ellicott Station
Buffalo, New York 14205
Main number is (716) 884-6000

Health Care for Homeless Veterans
1298 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209
Call (716) 881-5855
Low income housing is offered as well as emergency homeless shelter or transitional units. Also work with case managers in applying for government benefits, section 8, medical care, and other services for military members and their families.





Homeless Transitional Independent Living - Franciscan Center
Main address: 1910 Seneca Street,
Buffalo, NY 14210
(716) 822-8017
Assists homeless adolescent males under the age of 20. Call for information, hours, and availability.

Homespace Corp Supervised Independent Living Program
Main address is 1030 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14209
Call the center at (716) 881-4600

Emergency Shelter - CSDD
179 Kenmore Avenue
Kenmore NY 1421
(716) 883-8002

Homespace Second Chance Home
Location is 1171 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14209
(716) 885-2702
The agency offers supportive community living and housing for parenting youth ages 14-21. Applicants need to be in or just leaving the foster care system. Also access self-sufficiency and access programs such as medical services, day care, job training and more.

Housing and Residential Services - Aspire of WNY
Main address is Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main Street, Suite 302
Buffalo, NY 14214
For intake, dial (716) 838-0047

Julian B Dargan Transitional Housing - CAO
Office address: 273 Ridge Road
Lackawanna, New York 14218
(716) 825-0592
Provides support, information, and assistance across Erie County.

Kathleen Mary House
Mailing address is PO Box 2142
Blasdell, NY 14219
Call (716) 822-4101
The organization coordinates transitional living and low income housing for domestic abuse victims and their children. In addition, case management and advocacy services are provided to residents.

Living Opportunities of DePaul
2240 Old Union Road
Cheektowaga, New York 14227
(716) 608-1000
Supports chronically mentally ill adults in Erie County. Offers housing in the form of low cost and safe apartments. Some residents may receive a rental stipend and related case management services.

Matt Urban Housing First
385 Paderewski Drive, Matt Urban Hope Center
Buffalo, NY 14212
Call (716) 893-7222

New Life Residential Center Inc.
Address is 24 Memorial Drive
Buffalo, New York 14206
(716) 854-0944
Shelter, housing, and other support for women. Both homeless and people facing imminent eviction may be supported.







Paradise House
Primary address: 144 Mills Street
Buffalo, New York 14212
(716) 892-2813

Parent/Child SILP - Gateway Longview
296 Monroe Street
Buffalo, NY 14212
Call (716) 207-9837 for hours and information.

Peaceprints Prison Ministries
660 Smith Street
Buffalo, NY 14210
Primary number - (716) 856-6131
The housing serves as an independent living residence for men released from incarceration and that are also on parole. Educational outreach training, and other self-sufficiency is provided.

Plymouth Crossroads Transitional Housing - United Church Home
Main location is 5522 Broadway
Lancaster, NY 14086-2222
Phone - (716) 393-3906

Project Homeless Connect Buffalo - WNY Coalition for the Homeless
Address: 153 Franklin Street, Buffalo Convention Center
Buffalo, NY 14202

Promise House
920 Harlem Road
West Seneca, New York 14224
Call (716) 332-3991 for intake.
Alcohol and Drug Dependency programs.

Safe Haven Residence - Lake Shore Behavioral Health Inc.
108 Sycamore Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
Telephone: (716) 884-0888
To those that are qualified, it provides permanent housing. Residents of the units and program will be provided private bedrooms, access to local phone calls, breakfast and dinner, computer access and transportation.

Shelter Services - CSDD
Main address is 1179 Kenmore Avenue
Kenmore, NY 14217
Phone - (716) 883-8002
Various homeless shelters, meal programs, case management and more. There are also blankets, hot meals, showers and other support.

Somerset House - Fellowship House Inc.
7397 Lake Road
Appleton, New York 14008
Call (716) 282-8510

Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission
1023 Ferry Ave
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
(716) 282-0432

St Lukes Mission of Mercy
Locations is 325 Walden Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14211
Main number is (716) 892-4049
The homeless and evicted in Erie County can access transitional housing. Assistance is provided from Mission owned houses and apartments in the area. A cold weather shelter is available too.

Substance Abuse Services - Back To Basics
1370 William Street
Buffalo, New York 14206
Main number is (716) 854-1086

Franciscan Center
Location is 1910 Seneca Street
Buffalo, NY 14210
Call (716) 822-8017

Fellowship House Inc.
1204 Niagara Street
Niagara Falls, New York 14302
(716) 278-0074





Transitional Housing for Women - YWCA of WNY
1005 Grant Street, Buffalo New York 14207
Phone - (716) 852-6120
Homeless women, single parents and their children can use this transitional housing program. Also register for one-on-one case management as well as self-sufficiency type workshops. Low income apartments will be provided. Clients will need to pay a portion of their income towards rent.

Visions Place - Cazenovia Recovery Systems
Address: 923 Sycamore Street
Buffalo, NY 14212
Phone: (716) 893-8598
Homeless men and women can get residential services. Counseling, groups, employment assistance, case management and recreational activities are provided.

Waterfront Community Residence
2 Duquesne Street
Celoron, NY 14720
(716) 664-7292

Westons Manor - Council on Addiction Recovery Services
P.O. Box 229, Route 417
Weston Mills, New York 14788
Main number is (716) 373-0057


By Jon McNamara

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