The Planning Division administers the Erie County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Consortiums. These comprise 34 and 37 communities, respectively, in Erie County that have banded together to receive federal funds that are used for the following housing programs.
For additional information on any of the programs below, please contact Housing Specialist Ellary Mori at (716) 858-2733 or Ellary.Mori@erie.gov.
Housing Rehabilitation Program
The Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program assists eligible owner-occupied one- to two-family households to help with essential repairs. Funded through CDBG and Home Investment Partnership Program monies, the program aims to eliminate substandard living conditions and prolong the useful life of the housing stock occupied by low- and moderate-income households. Assistance is provided in the form of repayable loans of up to $15,000 that are issued at fixed interest rates of either 0% or 3%.
Please note that there is currently a waiting list for this program.
Housing Rehabilitation Program Brochure
Rental Rehabilitation Program
This Program is available to property owners whose rental units fail to meet one or more standards as required by applicable local, state, and federal housing codes. Loan funds are provided in the form of a 0% interest deferred loan that is payable upon the sale or transfer of the property. The property owner must rent the units to low/moderate income tenants for a period of 7 years from the date of assistance. Further, the rents charged cannot exceed the fair market rents established by Erie County as determined by the federal government.
Rental Rehabilitation Program Brochure
Mobile Home Repair Program
The Mobile Home Repair program provides low interest deferred loans to low-income individuals residing in mobile homes. See brochure for details.
Mobile Home Repair Program Brochure
Housing Accessibility Program
The Housing Accessibility Program allows wheelchair-bound low- and moderate-income individuals with documented disabilities that significantly impair mobility to make essential accessibility improvements to their owner-occupied home. Loan assistance of up to $5,000 is available to assist with items such as access ramp installation, re-plumbing kitchen and bath to provide access to facilities, and installing a hard surface walkway from the ramp to where the vehicle is parked.
Housing Accessibility Program Brochure
Utility Connection Program
Through funding provided by the Erie County Community Development Block Grant Program, eligible households wishing to connect their houses to new community sewer and water lines can receive up to $5,000 to help with associated costs. Assistance is provided in the form of a 0% interest deferred loan that is not required to be paid back until the property is sold or transferred.
Utility Connection Program Brochure
Home Improvement Program
City of Lackawanna and Town of Evans assist eligible owner-occupied one- to two-family households located within the First Ward of Lackawanna or the Lake Erie Beach area of Evans. Funded through CDBG, Home Investment Partnership Program monies, and the Affordable Housing Corporation of New York State, and administered by Erie County, the program aims to eliminate substandard living conditions and prolong the useful life of the housing stock. Part of the assistance is provided in the form of repayable loans that are issued at fixed interest rates of either 0% or 3%, and the other part is a deferred loan that is forgiven after 10 years.
Home Improvement Program Brochure
Fair Housing Program
The Erie County Fair Housing Program utilizes Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME), which assists housing discrimination victims, fair housing counseling and referrals, as well as mobility assistance. Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) also conducts fair housing training workshops for landlords and local fair housing officers. Further information can be obtained by contacting HOME at (716) 854-1400.
Additional Fair Housing Links
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (Type in "fair housing" into the search tool.)