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BHOP. Buffalo Housing Opportunities Program Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. Alphabet Soup and Umbrellas. HPRP = Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program BHOP = Buffalo Housing Opportunities Program.

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BHOP

Buffalo Housing Opportunities Program

Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program


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Alphabet Soup and Umbrellas

  • HPRP = Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program

  • BHOP = Buffalo Housing Opportunities Program

  • HPRP = Federal program developed by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

  • BHOP = local HPRP operated by the City of Buffalo, administered by a collaborative of local agencies:

    • Homeless Alliance of WNY

    • American Red Cross

    • Neighborhood Legal Services

    • Catholic Charities

    • Matt Urban Hope Center

    • Community Action Organization

    • Saving Grace Ministries

    • HOME: Housing Opportunities Made Equal

    • Crisis Services


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BHOP’s Minimum Criteria:

Combined annual income of all household members over the age of 18 years equals 50% or below 50% of HUD’s Area Median Income Guidelines

Household assets are $2,000 or less.

The household is homeless or at risk of being homeless with no appropriate subsequent housing options

Lacks financial resources and support networks needed to obtain immediate replacement housing or to remain in existing housing

ALL OTHER RESOURCES HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED

Currently resides in the City of Buffalo.


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BHOP Financial Assistance

Short-term assistance

Rental arrears (up to six months)

Utility Arrears (up to six months)

Security deposit

First Month’s rent

Utility deposits

Moving costs

Motel/hotel vouchers (up to 30 days)

Medium-term assistance

Rent going forward (up to 18 months)

Includes:


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BHOP Application Process

  • All applicants must first call Crisis Services. (716) 834-3131

  • Crisis Services refers a client to a case management agency after an initial screening interview

  • Orientation workshop or first meeting with a case manager.

    • Documentation requirements are explained

    • Incomplete applications will NOT be processed.

  • The Case Manager submits a completed file for final review with a check referral.

  • The completed file is reviewed and the check request is made. In the case of utility requests, a Letter of Intent to Pay is signed and faxed upon approval.

  • Financial assistance is not available immediately. Checks are not made payable to applicants.


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    BHOP and Utilities

    Documentation Requirements

    Identification of applicant

    Date of Birth and Social Security numbers for all household members

    Release of Information

    30 days worth of income verification for all household members 18 years and older

    Lease/Rental Agreement or Landlord Statement indicating tenant responsibility for utilities

    Proof of ownership: deed, mortgage statement, etc…

    Disconnection Notice

    DSS Denial (if applicable)


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    BHOP and Utilities

    • CAN assist with:

      • Six months of arrears

      • Third party vendor fees

      • Late fees included within the six months

    • CANNOT assist with:

      • Transfer debit (due to an undetermined amount of months included)


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    Time Frames

    • All other cases:

      • 8-12 weeks from the date of the check referral to the date of the check being cut

    • The High Priority List

      • Impending disconnection

      • Already disconnected

      • Section 8 Inspection

      • 1-2 week turnaround



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