The Eviction Moratorium has ended January 15, 2022
Evergreen Health Services offers various programs for overdose prevention and safety, including free fentanyl test strips, a needle exchange program, Narcan training/kits, HIV/Hepatitis C testing, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, and educational & support groups. Call them at (716)847-2441.
Housing Discrimination Resources
Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) is a New York based civil rights organization that provides support to people facing housing discrimination. They record and investigate complaints of housing discrimination as well as providing paralegal counselling.
Tenants Rights Guides
- Housing Issues FAQ/Legal Information from Neighborhood Legal Services
- NYS Attorney General Tenants Rights Guide (2019)
- COVID-19 Tenants Rights Guide from Right To Counsel NYC
Organizing a Tenants Union/Rent Strike
- COVID-19 Rent Strike Toolkit from Housing Justice For All & Right to Counsel NYC
- Guia y Recursos: Huelga de Renta de Vivienda Justicia Para Todas
- Tactics Vol. 1 from Autonomous Tenants Union (Chicago)
- Organizing a Housing Complex: Steps to Getting Started from Palm Beach County Tenants Union
- How To Organize A Rent Strike from Bay Area Rent Strike
- Steps To Forming a Tenants Union from Tenants Together
- Guide To Setting Up A Tenants Union from International Union of Tenants
- COVID-19 Tenant Organizing Guide from Queen City Socialists
- Volunteer Lawyers Project is a locally based organization that provides free legal advice. They specialize in issues such as housing, immigration, unemployment, and more. Contact them at (716)823-3255 for housing questions or visit their site to view their other hotlines.
- Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo provides free legal help to people with low-income in WNY. They provide assistance with matters concerning housing, employment, family security, income maintenance, consumer, immigration, and criminal defense. You can contact them at (716)853-9555 to see if you qualify for their free services.
- Neighborhood Legal Services assists WNY residents with issues of housing, health & economic security, disability/SSI, and family services. You can contact them at (716)847-0650 to see if they may be able to provide you free services.
Housing Programs & Homeless Services
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides a comprehensive list of services for people who are houseless/in need of housing assistance. Local services can be found here:
Emergency Rental Assistance from Erie County
Update 11/27/2022: There are currently no funds available for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). You may still benefit from applying, as it could provide additional protections from eviction and additional federal funding may become available in the future.
- To apply for ERAP, call 211 to begin the intake process or apply online here. You can check for program updates at NY.gov Emergency Rental Assistance. This assistance is provided through the STAND UP Buffalo Rental Assistance & Eviction Prevention System.
- You can apply for back rent at 460 Main St. You will need an application, copies of your ID, a letter from your landlord stating how much rent is owed (broken down by month), and proof of current income — you will need to show proof that you can stay current with future rent in order to get assistance.
- ***This assistance is meant to avoid eviction and DSS expects it to be repaid
- ***make sure you mark the application “Emergency Assistance Only”
During the pandemic you can pick up an application at 460 Main St and drop it off in a drop box – face to face interviews are not taking place. You should get a call within 24 hours.
If you need to submit more documentation, you can drop it off in person in the drop box OR use the NYDocSubmit app.
- Neighborhood Legal Services has a handy (and lengthy) guide to other assistance at DSS accessible here
If you are denied assistance and you don’t understand why — call Neighborhood Legal Services at 716-847-0650