Housing Rehabilitation Programs

Acquisition-Rehab-50/50

  • The Acquisition-Rehab program assists qualifying low-income homeowners in the City of Buffalo secure a grant for one-half of the rehab costs (up to $25,000.)
  • This program is available to homeowners whose property:
      • is in need of major repairs and has been (or will be) purchased through the In Rem tax auction, a bank foreclosure, HUD or FHA sale, or private sale or transfer of title within a family
      • Is a property with multiple emergency conditions, and the property not located on a target street
      • Is a property with emergency conditions and letters of violation that have been referred to housing court
  • The homeowner must remain in the home for 10 years and it must be their principle place of residence for that length of time.
  • Download the flyer for more information

Buffalo River AHC 60/40 Program

We administer a 60/40 loan program for the NYS Affordable Housing Corporation for owner-occupied homeowners (up to $25,000.)

To qualify, homeowners must:

Emergency Repair Program

  • Applicants for this program must meet low or very low income requirements and must have owned and occupied their home for at least one year.
  • The Emergency Assistance Program is available city-wide to homeowners of property located outside of the designated target areas.
  • Funds are available as full conditional grants, partial conditional grants and no interest loans, based on the household income of the applicant.
  • Please note:
      • if there are multiple issues or the property or
      • has been acquired in “as is” condition as a result of private purchase or tax foreclosure or
      • the property has have been damaged by fire or vandalism
    • Then homeowners should instead apply for the Acquisition/Rehab/50-50 program.

What is Considered an Emergency?

  1. A break in the sanitary sewer line
  2. A break in water service
  3. A leaking roof system
  4. Electrical hazards at the main panel
  5. A hazardous chimney
  6. Water meter installation/repair
  7. Defective heating systems
  8. Defective hot water storage heaters

Download the flyer for more information

Weatherization

Weatherization funds of up to $5,000 per structure are available to assist homeowners in the City of Buffalo with a furnace, hot water tank or insulation.

Applicants must be classified as one of the following in order to apply:

  • elderly (household income 80% or less of median income);
  • disabled (household income 80% or less of median income);
  • families with children (household income 80% or less of median income); or
  • very-low income individuals or families (household income 50% or less of median income).
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