Region 1 Resources

Consolidated Plans:
Counties and municipalities that seek HUD funds such as HOME, or Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) are required to create a Consolidated Plan. The plan must include input from the community, and the county or municipality must reach out to interested parties in preparing the plan. Find out what your plan says about support for people with I/DD, find out when your plan is being revised or renewed, go to the meetings, and make comments and suggestions on the record. It is important to ensure that the people we support are included in the plan. Region 1 includes the following counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.

Region 1 has a total of nine consolidated plans for the following locations:

  1. Amherst, Cheektowaga, and Tonawanda
  2. City of Buffalo
  3. City of Dunkirk
  4. City of Elmira
  5. Erie County, including Hamburg
  6. City of Jamestown
  7. Monroe County, including Greece and Irondequoit
  8. City of Niagara Falls
  9. City of Rochester

They can be found by visiting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) web page.

Weatherization Assistance:
The NYS Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a statewide residential energy conservation program that seeks to assistance income-eligible homeowners and renters with reducing the costs of heating and cooling their home while also providing support with health and safety issues. Services are available in each county, and funds are administered by a local WAP provider agency. The Providers by county can be found here. 

Housing Counseling Agencies

PathStone Corporation:
This organization provides a variety of housing services to current homeowners and those seeking home ownership, including housing counseling, rehabilitation and energy services, and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher referrals. Additionally, the Housing Council at PathStone is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency that provides landlord education, foreclosure prevention, and fair housing education.

Urban League of Rochester: 
The HomeStore at the Urban League of Rochester provides counseling and education for first time homebuyers and prospective homeowners as well as assistance with locating and fulfilling requirements for closing costs/down payment grants. Additionally, the Urban League of Rochester Economic Development Corporation (ULREDC) owns and manages low income housing developments throughout Rochester, including several for individuals with developmental disabilities -

Marketview Heights Association:
Marketview Heights Association is a HUD approved counseling agency and a not-for-profit service organization focused on improving housing options for low to moderate income people in northeast Rochester. They provide a range of services, including first time homebuyer education, homeownership education, foreclosure prevention services, and rehabilitation services.

Belmont Housing Resources for WNY:
Located in Buffalo and North Tonawanda, Belmont provides education and counseling as the largest HUD-certified housing counseling agency in the Buffalo-Niagara region. In addition to administering Section 8 HCV and VASH programs, Belmont operates a lead control program and housing redevelopment for first time homebuyers.

Buffalo Urban League:
As the oldest HUD certified housing counseling agency in the Buffalo area, the Buffalo Urban League provides a variety of services including first time homebuyer education, foreclosure intervention, financial capability counseling, rental assistance counseling, and fair housing education.

Consumer Credit Counseling Services:
With separate offerings in both Buffalo and Rochester, CCCS is a HUD certified organization that provides financial counseling, foreclosure prevention services, homebuyer education, credit counseling, reverse mortgage counseling, and many other workshops and services to support people with financial difficulties.

Arbor Housing and Development:
Located in Corning, NY, Arbor Housing and Development is a HUD-certified counseling agency that administers Section 8 HCV rental assistance and a Family Self-Sufficiency Program in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties. Additionally, Arbor offers homebuyer education programs, pre-/post-purchase counseling, and property rehabilitation assistance to low and moderate income homeowners while also acting as a developer for affordable housing.

Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation & Improvement Corporation:
CHRIC is the HUD-approved housing counseling agency for Chautauqua County and provides financial assistance for home repairs and accessibility modifications to income-eligible individuals.

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc:
Based in Chautauqua County, Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. (COI) operates a Continuum of Care program and provides a variety of services focused on providing holistic support to people in order to thrive economically and financially. As a HUD certified housing counseling agency, COI provides education and counseling on homeownership and home buying, emergency services and housing assistance, asset development, and rental subsidy assistance.

Keuka Housing Council:
With a mission of improving the quality and quantity of housing options available to people in the Finger Lakes region, the Keuka Housing Council administers a homeownership program and provides foreclosure counseling. Additionally, they operate affordable housing units that are available to qualifying applicants in Yates County.

Allegany County Community Opportunities & Rural Development (ACCORD):
Located in Belmont, NY, ACCORD Corp. is a community action agency providing a variety of support services. As a HUD certified housing counseling agency, they provide homebuyer workshops, home repair assistance, foreclosure prevention services, and rental assistance. Additionally, they operate several affordable housing units throughout Allegany County.

Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation:
As a Rural Housing Preservation Company and a HUD certified housing counseling agency, Sheen Housing provides a variety of housing services to low to moderate income individuals and families, including home repair assistance, homeownership counseling and education, and assistance with affordable, accessible housing.

Affordable Housing Resources

Home Leasing:
As a developer and property management company based in Rochester, Home Leasing manages several affordable housing communities across the region.

Rochester Management:
Rochester Management oversees several thousand units of affordable housing. Properties are primarily located in Monroe County but can also be found in Bloomfield and Canandaigua.

Rochester’s Cornerstone Group:
As a developer and manager of affordable housing, Rochester’s Cornerstone Group has created or preserved more than 1700 units of affordable housing that serve a wide range of people and needs. Cornerstone Property Managers, LLC is the affiliated management firm that oversees the various affordable housing communities across the region.

People, Inc:
People, Inc. is a not-for-profit human services agency in Western New York that manages several affordable housing communities for income-eligible individuals and families.

NY Housing Search:
Funded by Homes and Community Renewal, the NY Housing Search website provides a free service for both listing and finding affordable, accessible homes and apartments across New York State.

Homelessness Resources

Continuum of Care:
The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is operated by HUD to assist individuals and families with the services and supports needed to identify transitional and permanent housing. The goal is to support communities with collaboration and strategic planning to tackle their unique challenges with ending homelessness. Funds are provided to each CoC agency to support permanent housing, transitional housing, supportive services, and homelessness prevention. Within Region 1, there are six CoC programs:

  1. Partners Ending Homelessness - covers Monroe Cty, including Rochester, Greece, and Irondequoit. 
  2. CARES of NY - covers Allegany Cty, Livingston Cty, Steuben Cty, Schuyler Cty, and Chemung Cty, including Elmira. 
  3. Housing Options Made Easy - covers Cattaraugus Cty. 
  4. Homeless Alliance of WNY - covers Erie Cty and Buffalo, Niagara Cty and Niagara Falls, Orleans Cty, Genesee Cty, Wyoming Cty.
  5. FLACRA - covers Wayne Cty, Ontario Cty, Seneca Cty, and Yates Cty.
  6. Chautauqua Opportunities - covers Chautauqua Cty, including Jamestown and Dunkirk.

Additional Resources

Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME):
Based in Buffalo and serving the Western New York community, HOME is a civil rights organization whose mission is to promote the value of diversity and to ensure all people an equal opportunity to live in the housing and communities of their choice—through education, advocacy, the enforcement of fair housing laws and the creation of housing opportunities.

Monroe Housing Collaborative:
The Monroe Housing Collaborative was formed with local nonprofit agencies to improve the lives of people with disabilities® by addressing the growing need for integrated, affordable housing throughout Monroe County.   

HOME Rochester:
This program allows individuals and families of low and moderate income to begin the journey of home ownership in the City of Rochester through the acquisition and rehabilitation of single-family homes that are then subsidized for qualifying homeowners.

Greater Rochester Housing Partnership:
GRHP is a not-for-profit organization in Rochester that administers the HOME Rochester program and provides opportunities for construction financing and tax credit funding for affordable housing developments.

Rochester Safe and Efficient Homes Initiative:
Grants and loans are available to qualifying homeowners for energy or safety improvements to existing homes.

NeighborWorks Rochester:
A not-for-profit organization that provides first time homebuyer education and assistance in Rochester, NY in addition to linkage with community partners for loan services, lead paint testing, and home energy services.

Sojourner Home:
The Sojourner Home operates supportive housing apartment complexes for women and children transitioning from homelessness by providing case management and self-sufficiency training.

Village of Fairport - Urban Renewal Agency:
The Urban Renewal Agency within the Village of Fairport’s Office of Community and Economic Development provides home improvement grants to seniors and disabled homeowners for essential repairs. Additionally, they administer a home loan program for qualifying individuals to make improvements or necessary repairs.