Housing Services

Housing Staff, from Left: Maya Shermer (Director), Latasha McGill (Housing Specialist), Debbie Skulski (Property Manager), Christina Lincoln (Housing Program Manager), and Joseph Kopera (Construction Analyst)
The Matt Urban Center has many programs and services available through our Housing & Community Development and Weatherization Departments.

In 2019, our Housing & Community Development Department assisted 37 homeowners in securing housing repair grants to help them make health and safety repairs to their homes.

Our housing services continues to provide safe and affordable housing for low income seniors, refugees, low-income community residents, chronically homeless women, veterans, and youth who have aged out of the foster care system.


Housing & Community Development Department – Walk-in Hours

COVID-19 UPDATE: Until further notice, we are not accepting walk-in clients. Thank you.

(all other times by appointment only)

Tuesdays: 12:00pm – 3:30pm
Wednesdays: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursdays: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Housing Home Repair Programs
Congratulations to the Housing & Community Development Department for being awarded the City of Buffalo Community Partnerships Initiative contract for the Fillmore and Lovejoy Districts. The goal of this initiative is to build and sustain healthy and stable neighborhoods, create affordable housing rehabilitation and homeowner opportunities, and address neighborhood quality of life issues. Opportunities for home weatherization are also available through our Weatherization Department.
Homebuyer Programs
Funds are available to assist low income first-time home buyers purchasing within the City of Buffalo.  Additionally, we are a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) and administer the City of Buffalo’s HomeGrown Program, both of which provide additional home-ownership opportunities for first time home buyers.
Agency Owned and/or Operated Real Estate
*Monroe Place – 296 Monroe Street, Buffalo, NY
*Parkview Senior Apartments – 104 Lewis Street, Buffalo, NY

*AWA – 185 Rother Avenue, Buffalo, NY
*Hope Gardens – 58 Oberlin, Buffalo, NY

Housing Court Liaison and Receivership Administration
The Housing Department continues to serve as the Fillmore District liaison for Housing Court. In this capacity, we represent the district in court and work to address quality of life issues for our residents. Through the Receivership Program, Housing Court Judge Carney appoints the Matt Urban Center to make necessary repairs and address code violations in rented neglected properties throughout the City of Buffalo. Currently, we have over 80 units in receivership. The Housing Department has been working closely with the Homeless Outreach Program to place displaced tenants as a result of City Court Order’s to Vacate. Call 893-7222x 214 or email receivership@urbanctr.org for information.
Community Development
The Housing Department continues to attend the East Buffalo Good Neighbors Planning Alliance, Weed and Seed, the Broadway Area Business Association, and Buffalo Green Code meetings to provide support and market our various programs. We also have several development projects underway.
This website was produced in part with the assistance of the City of Buffalo/City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency through
the Community Development Block Grant and/or HOME Program(s).