Community Development

Helping to Build Better Neighborhoods and a Better Community!

Hamburg Community Development has been making a better community for Town of Hamburg residents since 1985.  Our department utilizes the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Home Investment Partnership (HOME) programs as funded from the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).  We have also applied for and have been awarded other grant funding to assist the community.  Since 1985, Hamburg Community Development has brought in over $40 million in funding for the town and its villages.  As part of these programs, we built two affordable housing subdivisions, while currently offering several housing programs including renovations for homes/mobile homes and our first-time buyer program. We also created numerous public service programs and completed millions of dollars of public facility projects throughout the entire town, including the Villages of Blasdell and Hamburg.  Our client services are available to income eligible residents, see the chart under "Service Information" below.  However, our "First Time Homebuyer" (FTHB) program is available to all "income eligible" persons/families looking to purchase their first home (single family) within the township, regardless of their current residence.  Our primary funding agency is the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, thus we must follow their rules/regulations, which includes the income limits per family size.  The Town of Hamburg is an Equal Housing Opportunity provider and has had its own Fair Housing Law since 1986, which includes "source of income" protection among many others (see the towns Fair Housing Law under the Fair Housing section below).  2024 is the 50th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program!
Fair Housing Opportunity

The Town of Hamburg has housing programs that can assist you to:
* Become a first time home owner; conditional grants up to $20,000
* Renovate your home or mobile home
Certain restrictions apply to each program - Income levels are set by the US Department of HUD
Call our office at 716-648-6216 for details or click on a program application link below.

Section 8 Housing is NOT administered by the Town of Hamburg. Please contact the following for assistance with the Section 8 Housing Program:
Belmont Housing Resources for WNY * 716-884-7791


See a list of Countywide assistance program phone numbers > assistance programs/phone numbers.

Service Information

Services are available to income eligible residents of the Town of Hamburg, including income eligible residents of the Villages of Blasdell and Hamburg (see family size/maximum income level chart below).  Our "First Time Homebuyer" program is available to all income eligible persons/families looking to purchase their first home (single family) within the township. Certain restrictions apply to each program! The Town of Hamburg is an Equal Housing Opportunity provider with its own Fair Housing law which was first passed in 1986. Call our office at 716-648-6216 with questions about our programs and services.

Town of Hamburg, New York
2022 ACS Population Estimate:   60,161

Income Limits for Housing Programs as of June 15, 2023 as set by the US Department of HUD.

# of Persons in HouseholdMaximum Allowable Income
1$52,000
2$59,400
3$66,850
4$74,250
5$80,200
6$86,150
7$92,100
8 +$98,050
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Fair Housing

The Town of Hamburg is an "Equal Housing Opportunity" provider!  Officially, the month of April is Fair Housing Month each year.  Yet in Hamburg,  it is always Fair Housing Month.  This past April, 2023 was the 55th anniversary of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1968, also known as the National Fair Housing Act! The Town of Hamburg has had its Fair Housing Law since 1986, which includes "source of income" protection.  This form of discrimination is illegal within the Town of Hamburg, Erie County and the State of New York.  If you feel you have been discriminated against at all, call our office and/or Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. at 716-854-1400

See Hamburg's Fair Housing Law (PDF).

***Annual Marketing Plan Requirement***

For landlords/realtors/developers renting 20 or more units per year, the Town of Hamburg "requires" a Marketing Plan to be on file!  These plans are due in January of each year to the Department of Community Development. The specific requirements of these marketing plans are within Section 109-10 of the Town of Hamburg's Fair Housing Law.  See the pdf of the law by clicking on the following link:
Hamburg's Fair Housing Law (PDF).  The Town of Hamburg utilizes Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME, Inc.) to assist with this requirement.  Correspondence from HOME, Inc. is being sent out in January, 2024 for this purpose!

Fair Housing Opportunity

Legal/Eviction Services:

As part of the towns Homeless Prevention Program, Hamburg Community Development works with "Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo" and "Neighborhood Legal Services" to provide free legal assistance to qualified residents dealing with evictions or eviction issues.  Call our office for information at 716-648-6216 or directly contact the listed agency below at their phone number:

*  Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo 716-853-9555
*  Neighborhood Legal Services 716-847-0650

The RFP for Legal/Eviction Services as released on 12/15/2023 was due Wednesday, February 14, 2024 @ 11:00 a.m.  Thank you to all submitting proposals.

*REMINDER*

Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc (HOME) is on site the 1st Wednesday of each month between the hours of 2:00pm & 4:00pm at 6122 South Park Avenue (Community Development Office).  Topics relating to fair housing, tenant rights, landlord rights, plus more can be discussed.  All are welcome!  FREE!
HOME will be holding their next office hours in Hamburg, Wednesday, March 6, 2024 from 2pm - 4pm.  If you need assistance from HOME, please call 716-854-1400.

Belmont Housing Resources for WNY (Belmont) is on site the 4th Tuesday of each month between the hours of 2:00pm & 4:00pm at 6122 South Park Avenue (Community Development Office).  Topics relating to budget, credit, debt counseling as well as housing issues can be discussed.  All are welcome!  FREE!

BELMONT HOUSING will be holding their next office hours in Hamburg TOMORROW, Tuesday, February 27, 2024 from 2pm - 4pm.  If you need assistance from Belmont, please call 716-884-7791.
Location:  6122 South Park Aveue, Hamburg, NY

Homebuyer Education Workshop: Two Part Series Wednesday March 20, 2024
& Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - Click on the link below for information/registration details:
Homebuyer Education Workshop  

Inclusionary Zoning - Affordable Housing

In May, 2016, the town's law established an "inclusionary zoning" statute which put into effect all new multifamily developments of eight or more units must provide for 10% of said project as affordable housing. The 2023 HUD Income Limits were relased on June 15, 2023 and have been added to the reporting forms below.

2023 Inclusionary Zoning reporting forms (PDF). Inclusionary Zoning reporting forms

All Rental Housing Providers

Are you trying to advertise an apartment for rent?  Before you do anything, please read through Fair Housing law(s) for the jurisdiction you are trying to rent in or trying to rent to.  The Town of Hamburg has had its own Fair Housing Law since 1986 (see below):  There are also, Erie County, New York State and federal Fair Housing laws that pertain (see below):

Renters, do you need help finding an apartment?
If so, then check out the New York Housing Search website for assistance.

Senior & Low/Moderate Income Housing within the Town of Hamburg (click on the link below):
Senior - L/M Housing Listing

Related Documents

2024 CDBG/HOME PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
A Public Hearing was held within the lobby of Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY, on Wednesday January 24, 2024 at 6:30pm to review the Erie County/Town of Hamburg 2024 "Draft" Action Plan for federal CDBG and HOME funding.
In addition to the in-person hearing, you can also submit comments or questions via e-mail to: cdpublichearing@townofhamburgny.gov
The public hearing space is accessible and persons needing other accommodations may contact the Department of Community Development at (716) 648-6216 or the e-mail address above.  To view the 2024 Erie County/Town of Hamburg "Draft" Action Plan, click on the following link:
2024 "Draft" Action Plan