The UDCDA is a blended agency created through the 2010 merger of UHCDA and KBNHS. It encompasses the spirit and functions of two anchor non-profits which delivered distinctive services to the University District for several decades. The leadership of both agencies came to realize that consolidation of resources and achieving economies of scale would improve the quality of its products and offer more extensive programs in housing and human services for the community at large. Historically, both agencies had developed expertise in its own area.
In 1976, University District Councilman William Price, initiate an assessment of the feasibility of developing a Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) program in Buffalo. The Kensington-Bailey Delavan neighborhood was selected and ultimately became the location of the first NHS in Buffalo.
The NHS was incorporated as Buffalo Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. but did business as