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The entire BMHA application process can take from 30 days to several months or longer. Your wait time is affected by:
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Yes. Public housing is government assisted rental apartments for low-income families. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority manages those apartments in the City of Buffalo. If you meet our low-income guidelines, you may be able to move into a BMHA apartment. What do you pay? Normally you will be expected to pay 30% of your income for rent. And most utilities are included.
Income limits are subject to change annually.
The BMHA has a wide range of apartments located throughout the City of Buffalo. You may select any development you wish, provided there are apartments in the development that fit your family size and type.
You must meet the low-income limits for the number of persons in your family, and you must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States.
If you’re interested, call 855-6774, or visit the BMHA Housing Assistance Office at 245 Elmwood Avenue to obtain and/or file an application. After your application is received, you will be mailed an offer letter that lists the developments offers available to you and the estimated waiting times for a unit to become available. You will select the development you prefer and be placed on the wait list for that site. When your name rises to the top of the list, you’ll be invited for an interview and undergo a screening process.
We screen all persons and families to make sure they will be good neighbors. We make sure they will pay their rent and care for their apartment. Good sense, fairness and the law requires that the BMHA make its best effort to screen out people who will not be good tenants and neighbors for the rest of the BMHA community. The screening factors include:
You may request an Informal Hearing which may be conducted by staff or by a Tenant Review Board. You may bring representation with you and any additional documentation you feel we should consider. If your application remains denied, a formal appeals process is available.
If you have special circumstances, we may be able to give you preference, move you up on the list and shorten your wait. You may qualify for preferences if you:
Note: We can’t just take your word for these preferences. You must supply valid proof from appropriate sources.
The fastest moving wait lists are the 2 and 3 bedroom family and the elderly lists. There are simply more apartments, of these types, available. There are usually very few apartments available for non-elderly singles. There are a limited number of 4 bedroom apartments available, and a very long wait list.
No. All families placed into BMHA apartments are selected from the wait list in proper order.
For more information or to request an application contact:The Buffalo Municipal Housing AuthorityHousing Assistance Office245 Elmwood AvenueBuffalo, NY 14222Phone: 716-855-6774