Housing Programs in Buffalo

Neighborhood Beautification


In an effort to assist the residents of the Lower West Side, Heart of the City has developed programs and housing initiatives that improve the quality of residential housing for all.

Homebuyer Programs

The Down Payment Closing Cost Assistance Program helps provide financial assistance to first-time homebuyers purchasing a home anywhere in the City of Buffalo. Take advantage of this assistance!

Homeowner Programs

Our Home Repair Assistance Program are designed to respond to the increasing costs of home repair and maintenance by equipping deserving residents with grants for home repairs and energy upgrades.

HOCN is partnering with the City of Buffalo to bring their Emergency Loan Program, Weatherization Assistance Program, and 50/50 Loan Program to homeowners in the Niagara and Ellicott Districts. Programs for owner occupied homes provide full conditional grants, partial conditional grants and no interest loans, based on the household income of the applicant.

Neighborhood Beautification

In conjunction with HOCN’s home rehabilitation and repair programs, the organization also promotes several neighborhood-wide community initiatives.

These programs include annual tree plants, planting flower bulbs, neighborhood clean ups and hosting community-wide socials, encouraging community engagement and creating pride for our streets.

Advocacy Work

HOCN believes that residents of the Lower West Side community deserve to have their voices heard. The best way to do this is to stay civically engaged. That’s why we work to keep you informed of community events, meetings, and public hearings through our monthly direct mail and digital newsletters, as well as keep you informed through Facebook and Twitter.

Referral Services

In addition to on-going programs and active developments, HOCN offers a variety of services to assist home-owners, tenants, and potential first-time homebuyers. For more information, visit our Resources page. Have a question you can’t find an answer to on our Resources page? Call our office at (716) 882-7661. We’d be happy to assist you!