Owner Occupied Home Repair Programs

We provide low income homeowners with funding to help them repair their homes and make them more energy efficient. Call at 893-7222 x213 or email at housing@urbanctr.org for more information.

We currently serve the following neighborhoods
(highlighted in blue on map to right)

– Masten Park
– Genesee-Moselle
– Hamlin Park
– Schiller Park
– Broadway-Fillmore
– Delavan-Grider
– Fruit Belt
– Lovejoy
– Kenfield
– MLK Park
– Pratt-Willert
– Ellicott

Single Item
Repair Program

This program assists owner occupied households with repairs of verified emergency conditions. Properties in deteriorated condition are not eligible for this program. Loan funds are provided at no interest with repayment schedule based on household income. 

Items covered include: roof and gutter system, sewer line break, main water line break, leaking roof, electrical hazards at main panel, defective heating system, defective hot water heater, gas line break.

Target/Focus Area Program

Funding is provided to owner occupied households for code related repairs and lead hazard reductions who live on Target Streets in the City of Buffalo. Loan funds are provided at no interest and partial conditional grants with repayment determined by household income. 

This program provides funding for one half of the repair costs towards code related and lead hazard repairs. Both owners and purchasers of one and two family homes can apply. Loan funds are provided at no interest conditional grants.

Lead Hazard Reduction Program

This program provides lead hazard reductions to households living in the Schiller Park and Upper West Side neighborhoods. Loans are provided as conditional grants. There must be a child under six (6) at the home.

Home Repair COVID Program

Funding is available to owner occupied structures as well as non owner occupied rentals (small landlords of structures with 1-4 units). For owner occupied structures there is no repayment. For rental units, funding assistance is a no interest deferred loan, with 10% of the total rehab cost paid by the property owner. 

GENERAL APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS

You may be disqualified for assistance at any point in the application process for the below reasons:

1)   Your home’s taxes and fees (City taxes; County taxes; Water bill; User fees, etc.) must be fully paid or in a payment arrangement throughout the ENTIRE application and assistance process.

2)   You must have owned and lived in your home for at least one year (exception for non-owner-occupied rentals in COVID program).

3)   You cannot own more than one home or property (COVID program excluded).

4)   Your home must be in generally good condition.

5)   Your home cannot have more than ONE emergency condition (single item repair program)

6)   You and your spouse (if married) must have clear title or ownership of the home. You may be disqualified if your home lists multiple owners who do not reside in the house.

 

The Matt Urban Center’s Housing & Community Development Department receives funding from the City of Buffalo, New York State Housing and Community Renewal, and the Affordable Housing Corporation for these programs.