COVID-19 Rent & Mortgage Assistance Program

COVID-19 Rent & Mortgage Assistance Program

Rent and Mortgage Relief

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Back Rent & Mortgage Assistance

CAO Back Rent & Mortgage Relief – $1,000

Erie County residents who have a documented loss of income relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and have fallen behind on their rent or mortgage (funds limited to $1,000), as a result, are eligible to apply.

A completed application AND the following documentation are needed:

– Proof of COVID-19 Related Loss of Income
Current Picture ID
– Proof of 1 Months Current Income
– Documented Proof of Social Security Number
– Notice of Past Due Rent/Mortgage
– Rental/Lease Agreement or Landlord Statement
– Landlord/Mortgage Lender Certification
– W9 Form Completed by Landlord/Mortgage Lender
– Denial notice from Erie County Department of Social Services or Tenants Not Eligible for the Past Due Rent Assistance (for renters)
– Determination Letter from the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) (for renters)
– Copy of 2019 Income Tax Returns (for homeowners)

Eligible applicants must demonstrate that they have the ability to remain current on their rent/mortgage going forward and complete 1 budget coaching session after receiving assistance through the program. For more information, call Housing Development at 716.881.6543.

First Month’s Rent

Erie County residents are eligible to apply if they have a documented loss of income relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and a need to relocate relating to COVID-19. 

A completed application AND the following documentation are needed:

– Proof of COVID-19 Related Loss of Income
Notice of Past Due Rent/Mortgage (if applicable)
– Current Picture ID
– Copy of New Signed Rental/Lease Agreement
– Proof of Housing Assistance or Vouchers (if applicable)
– Proof of 1 Months Current Income
– Documented Proof of Social Security Number
– Landlord Certification
– W9 Form Completed by Landlord

Eligible applicants must demonstrate that they have the ability to remain current on their rent going forward and complete 1 budget coaching session after receiving assistance through the program. For more information, call Housing Development at 716.881.6543.

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NO IN-PERSON APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

You can submit your completed application and supporting documentation via:

Email: housingapplications@caowny.org
Fax: (716) 881.6010
Mail: CAO Housing Development, 564 Dodge St. Bldg. 400 Buffalo, NY 14208
Dropbox: 564 Dodge St. Bldg. 400 Buffalo, NY 14208

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Drew Canfield
Director of Housing Development
Phone: (716) 881-6543
Email: dcanfield@caowny.org
Address: 564 Dodge Street, Building #400,
Buffalo NY 14208