Fair Housing & Housing Counseling Services
The Town of Hamburg Department of Community Development stives to its residents in many ways. The Town of Hamburg has the most progressive Fair Housing Law in New York State! To start, Hamburg's law has always had "Source of Income" protection for it's residents. This means that you cannot be discriminated against by any landlord due to the source of your rent payment. For example, if you have a rental "voucher", from an agency to assist you with your rent payment, it cannot be turned down by the landlord. Further, the Town of Hamburg was the first community within Western New York to have "inclusionary zoning" within its Fair Housing code. This portion of the Fair Housing law is meant to include all persons together within new rental housing larger than eight units. No discrimination or exclusionary zoning laws are allowed to preclude persons of low or moderate incomes from any new rental housing greater than eight units. To view the towns Fair Housing law, please click on the link below. You will be taken to a separate webpage.
Along with our Fair Housing law, we offer comprehensive fair housing services to residents of the Town of Hamburg. These services include landlord counseling, tenant counseling, mediation of landlord-tenant disputes, plus many other issues. The Town of Hamburg has contracted with Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. (HOME, Inc.) for this purpose. We offer these services on site at our office location, 6122 South Park Avenue, the first Wednesday of each month between the hours of 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. For more information on Fair Housing, please contact our office at (716) 648-6216 or contact HOME, Inc. directly at 854-1400. These services are free of charge for Hamburg residents.
Hamburg Community Development also offers all types of Financial Counseling including: Budget, Credit, and Debt counseling, free of charge to income eligible residents. We have teamed up with Belmont Housing Resources for WNY for this purpose. You can either call our offices at (716) 648-6216 or contact Belmont Housing directly at (716) 884-7791. We offer these services on site at our office location, 6122 South Park Avenue. Again, we offer Budget, Credit, and Debt counseling on site every month on the fourth (4th) Wednesday between the hours of 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. For further information on our Housing Counseling programs, please contact our offices at (716) 648-6216.
ZOMBIE HOME ISSUE:
Foreclosure Assistance and assistance with "Zombie" homes. The Department of Community Development also provides services to our residents with foreclosures. We have contracted with the following two agencies for this specific purpose:
- Belmont Housing Resources for WNY
At Hamburg Community Development (6122 South Park Avenue) on the 4th Wednesday of each month between the hours of 3:00pm and 5:00pm.
- The Buffalo Urban League.
At Hamburg Community Development (6122 South Park Avenue) on the 2nd Wednesday of each month between the hours of 2:00pm and 4:00pm.
Both of the agencies listed above are federal and state certified to assist you with your foreclosure or zombie issues. For specific counseling information regarding these agencies under contract with the Town of Hamburg, please contact either of the following numbers:
Belmont Housing Resources for WNY: (716) 884 - 7791; extension 330
If the number above is busy, please try one of the following other extensions: ext. 168 - ext. 114 - ext. 100.
Buffalo Urban League: (716) 250 - 2400