Fair Housing & Housing Advocate Services
The Town of Hamburg Department of Community Development strives to assist its residents in many ways. The Town of Hamburg has one of 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 pass "inclusionary zoning" within its Fair Housing and Zoning/Planning codes. 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 housing counseling 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. In person counseling has been stopped due to the surge in COVID cases. When possible in the future, sessions will be held within Conference Room #1 at Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 South Park Avenue (Room is accessible). Regularly scheduled sessions for HOME, Inc. will be on the first Wednesday of each month between the hours of 2:00 pm and 4:00 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, Debt, and Foreclosure counseling, free of charge to income eligible residents. The Town of Hamburg has contracted with Belmont Housing Resources for WNY for this purpose. Scheduled sessions for housing/rental assistance are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month between the hours of 2:00pm - 4:00 pm. For further information, call Belmont Housing at 884-7791 or our offices (716) 648-6216 for further details.