Self-Sufficiency Programs

Section 8 Housing Assistance Program

The Section 8 Housing Assistance Program is funded by the federal government that helps low-income families. The program works by subsidizing a portion of their monthly rent and providing a utility allowance. It pays the landlord directly and covers the difference between what the tenant can afford and the reasonable rental charges of the landlord. To be eligible for the program, families must meet the low-income guidelines set by HUD. Also, rental units must meet Housing Quality Standards and local codes, and pass an inspection by the BMHA.

Section 3 Program

The Section 3 Program offers job opportunities in the construction industry to individuals interested in working with contractors on housing authority properties. In order to be referred to a contractor for employment, participants will need to attend a Job Readiness Workshop, complete a 10-hour OSHA construction course, and pass a pre-employment drug test..

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

Interested residents are encouraged to read the Section 3 Brochure, and take the Section 3 Ready-To-Work Survey. Links to each are provided in the list below.


RiseUp (Family Self-Sufficiency Program)

RiseUP, also known as Family Self-Sufficiency, is a program that families can voluntarily participate in to receive assistance in utilizing community resources such as education, job training, and supportive services. Its goal is to help families become self-sufficient and achieve economic independence. 

Participating families are offered a financial incentive through an escrow savings account established for them. The funds accumulated in the account will be disbursed to FSS participants upon successful completion of the program.


Service Coordinator Program

The Service Coordinator Program promotes the development of local strategies that coordinate assistance under the program with public and private resources. These strategies are aimed at providing supportive services and empowerment activities. The program aims to help individuals increase their earned income, reduce or eliminate their need for welfare assistance, and progress toward achieving economic independence and self-sufficiency.