Self-Sufficiency Programs

Section 8 Housing Assistance Program

The Section 8 Housing Assistance Program is a federally funded program that assists low-income families by subsidizing a portion of their monthly rent and providing a utility allowance. It provides direct payments to landlords and covers the difference between what can be reasonably afforded by the tenant and reasonable rental charges of the landlord. To qualify for the program, a family must meet the low-income guidelines set by HUD and rental units must meet Housing Quality Standards and local codes, and pass an inspection by the BMHA.

Section 3 Program

The Section 3 Program provides employment opportunities in the construction field with contractors working on housing authority properties. Participants will be expected to participate in a Job Readiness Workshop, 10 hour OSHA Construction and pass a pre-employment drug test prior to being referred to contractors for employment.

Applicants must be 18 years or older, reside in Erie County and meet the income limit guidelines.

Applications are available online and at Resident Services:
320 Perry Street
Buffalo, NY 14204


  • Linda Gleason: 716-855-7580, ext. 304
  • David Granville: 716-855-7580, ext. 305

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The FSS Program is a voluntary program designed to assist families in utilizing community resources such as education, job training and supportive services in order to move toward self sufficiency and economic independence. The FSS Program offers a financial incentive to all participating families through an escrow savings account established for you. When participants successfully complete the program, the escrow funds accumulated will be disbursed to FSS participants.


  • David Granville: 716-855-7580, ext. 305

Computer Literacy

The ATTAIN Lab located in the Martha Mitchell Community Center offers residents computer training in Microsoft Computer Literacy and Microsoft Office Specialist Certification. Free transportation is available to all participating residents.


  • Monday - Thursday
    Noon - 3 p.m.
  • Friday
    10 a.m. - Noon


  • Cheryl Scheff: 716-837-7954


The ATTAIN Lab also offers GED classes with Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) providing individualized instruction. Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday, from noon to 3 p.m.


  • Cheryl Scheff: 716-837-7954

After School Tutoring Program

The BMHA will be offering after school tutoring for children of elementary and secondary school age. Tutoring by Literacy Volunteers will be offered Monday through Thursday, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the following location:
Martha Mitchell Community Center
175 Oakmont Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215


  • Literacy New York: 716-876-8991

Service Coordinator Program

This program works to promote the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of assistance under the program with public and private resources, for supportive services and empowerment activities. The goal or the Service Coordinator Program are to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance and to make progress towards achieving economic independence and self-sufficiency.


  • Robert Deberaux: 716-833-0530