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Substantial Amendments to the 2020 Annual Plan for Town Board Meeting on January 4, 2021

Substantial Amendments for Town Board Special Meeting June 15, 2020

Requests for Proposals For 2020 CDBG-COVID Funding

2020 CDBG COVID-19 Request for Proposals (Second Allocation)

LMI Block Group Map

COVID Operations Status update as of 6/24/2020
Amherst’s Homeowner Rehabilitation Program is back to full operations at this time. Please be aware however, that due to the shutdown, there may be delays while staff catches up on back-logged work.
If it is an emergency situation, please inform staff in order for revise the order by which we address your application. The following situations are considered to be an emergency, but other situations may be considered. Please contact the Community Development main line (716) 631-7082 if you think you have an emergency situation.

  • Loss of heat
  • Loss of hot water
  • Plumbing emergency
  • Sewage or stormwater flooding in the basement
  • Significant roof leak

*Please note, that for everyone’s health and safety Amherst Community Development is requiring the submittal of documentation either electronically (via email), via regular mail, or by appointment only. To make an appointment to return paperwork or sign forms, contact the Community development main line (716) 631-7082 or Rachel Boerschig at
Contractors: All inspections are occurring as usual now. Invoices are also being processed in the same timely manner. Permits through the building department require an appointment to apply/submit unless it falls under the following quick permits, which can be submitted online:

  • Residential Roofing/siding
  • Residential HVAC
  • Residential Plumbing
  • Residential Electrical
  • Residential decks
  • Windows (don’t require permits unless changing the size of the opening).

*To apply for a quick permit, building department asks that you call the Building Department first at (716) 631-7080 to be screened and supplied with the correct link to apply.
**Contractors invoices should be submitted to or mailed to Attn: Community Development, Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main Street, Williamsville NY 14221
First-time Homebuyer Program
Amherst Community Development will still receive and approve first-time homebuyer applications for closing cost assistance at this time. The application form can still be found online and documentation can be submitted via mail and/or email to The requirement for the applicant to take a first-time homebuyer course will remain, however staff will work with applicants to find a HUD-certified online program. If you have a property in mind for purchase at this time it is strongly recommended that you call and discuss your situation first with Sue Fitzpatrick first at (716) 631-7053.

The Community Development division of the Amherst Planning Department offers information and guidance for residents, homeowners and potential homeowners in the Town of Amherst. Find more information about services, housing assistance programs, rental assistance programs and weatherization programs in this area.

If you are in need of housing assistance or counseling on a housing matter, you can contact us at (716) 631-7082 or explore some of the links below.

In April 2020, Amherst submitted its Five Year Consolidated Plan to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, on behalf of the Amherst-Cheektowaga-Tonawanda HOME Consortium. The 2020 Annual Action Plan for Amherst covers the first year of the Five Year Consolidated Plan for 2020-2024; the Program Year runs from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. Copies of the final Five Year Consolidated Plan and 2020 Annual Plan are on the Town’s website, in the Town's libraries, and the Village and Town Clerks' Office.

Also available (see below) is a copy of the Draft 2021 Annual Action Plan. This Plan is based upon the goals and objectives determined to meet the priority needs of the low-to-moderate income residents in the community. The first Public Hearing was held on this proposed Plan on October 26, 2020. The second Public Hearing will be held at the Town Board Meeting scheduled for January 19, 2021.  The Draft 2021 Annual Action Plan is available for public review and comment at the Town’s Planning Department, Town and Village Clerk’s office and the four Town libraries until January 15, 2021. Comments may be submitted in writing to Amherst Community Development, 5583 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221 or at until that date.

If additional copies of the Plan are requested we will be most happy to provide them. Please contact the Community Development Office at (716) 631-7082.

Community Development Housing Assistance Programs

Affordable Housing

Senior Housing

Multi-Family Housing

Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

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About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000. Amherst community videos.

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  • 5583 Main Street
  • Williamsville, NY 14221