Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to creating programs that improve the quality of residential housing and developing sustainable projects to support Buffalo.

The City of Buffalo offers conditional grant funding to make Upper West Side rental or owner-occupied properties lead-safe.

Lead Hazard Reduction Program

The City of Buffalo & Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency Lead Hazard Reduction Program will assist homeowners and small scale landlords with funding to make your home lead safe.

HOCN is able to assist homeowners in the Upper West Side (census tracts 61 and 171) with applications. If you live in a different neighborhood, please contact our office to be referred to the organization that can assist you.

What home repairs can be addressed under the Lead Hazard Reduction Program?

Repairs will be assessed as needed, based on the inspection to be conducted to identify lead-based paint hazards on painted surfaces in common areas and inside owner and tenant occupied units, as long as the beneficiary is income eligible. This could include replacing windows, doors, trim, and other interim controls or abatement for reducing lead-related hazards in pre-1978 homes. Interim controls and/or abatement is dependent on the total cost of all lead hazard reduction work.

Are you eligible for assistance?

  • Is your property a one, two, three or four unit building built before 1978 and located in the Upper West Side (census tracts 61 and 171)?
  • Does a child under the age of six (6), or a person who is currently pregnant, live in or regularly visit the home (at least 6 hours per week for at least 3 hours per visit)?
  • Is the property up to date on (or on a certified payment plan) all of your taxes, obligations, and fees?
  • Does each household residing in units have an annual, gross household income and asset value fall below the required income limits defined by HUD? (Please review the income guidelines to the right. Applicants with assets that exceed $35,000 will not be considered eligible. Please call our office for more household income and asset limit information.)

If you can answer ‘YES’ to all of these questions, you may be eligible for assistance!

How can you apply?

Spaces are limited and applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, as available. Apply today to see if you qualify to make improvements to your property and promote the health and safety of your family or your tenants.

Applicants will be required to submit supporting documentation to verify eligibility for the program. For more information, please contact our office at (716) 882-7661.

Income Guidelines

*Household Size / Household Income Limit (80% of AMI)


*These income guidelines are based on 2022 numbers and are subject to change.

This website was produced in part with the assistance of the City of Buffalo/ City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency through the Community Development Block Grant, Lead, and/or HOME Program(s).

Download our Lead Hazard Reduction Program Interest Packet by clicking here.

To learn more about lead poisoning and resources to prevent it, visit www.getaheadoflead.org.