Southern Tier Recovery Activities without Walls (STRAWW) is a multi-county, peer-driven recovery center to assist individuals in mental health recovery. Recovery Guides offer peer support and encouragement on this journey, utilizing existing community resources to assist individuals in finding and igniting their “spark of life.”

STRAWW covers Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

About Our STRAWW Program

Eagles Nest Respite serves Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. Refreshing Waters Respite serves Erie County; both respites provide a peaceful and calming environment that promotes health and wellness. These are short term (1-5 days) peer-run respite homes operating in a capacity similar to a bed and breakfast. In most cases we can admit someone within an hour of the preregistration phone call.

About Our Respite Program

Both crisis respite homes can admit guests 24/7 and are open every day of the year. Each crisis respite is a place where people can reassess goals as they continue on their positive path in life.

Housing Options provides supported housing for individuals and families in: Allegheny, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Monroe and Niagara Counties. The foundation of the program is based on choice and community integration.

To be eligible for the program you must be 18 years or older, have a mental health issue and meet the income requirements. Most referrals must come through the counties' single point of access (SPOA) committee who determine the level of housing the person needs and/or wants.

About Our Housing Services

Are you having a crisis that you think might lead you to the hospital emergency room? Do you just need to talk to someone who has been there? Do you want a new start and get hope in making that change? Then the Renewal Center is the right place for you, since the program is peer-operated to help individuals in a crisis as you define it.

The Renewal Center Mission is to provide a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment that empowers those who are struggling with the principles of wellness and recovery.

About The Renewal Center

Housing Options Made Easy, Inc. has been approved to provide the following Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Services: Education Support, Empowerment (Peer) Support, Habilitation, Short-Term Crisis Respite, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, & Pre-Vocational Support.

Questions? Please Call 716-532-5508 ext. 1010

Behavioral Health Home & Community Based Services

We are here to serve you!

Coronavirus Update: 


Out of an abundance of caution and consistent with federal, state, and local recommendations, Housing Options Made Easy Staff will not be making field visits effective 3/16/20 due to the coronavirus outbreak.  Staff will be still be available via phone and will still be offering services in this way over the next few weeks.  Staff will also be available via phone to assist you in locating any resources you made need during this time.


Housing Options's Respites also have virtual warmline and respite options that are available to support any of our program participants residing in any of our counties.  To schedule a virtual call please contact the respite in Erie County at 1-844-588-8427 or Cattaraugus/Chautauqua Counties at 1-844-241-1114 twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.  The Respites and all respite services will be remaining open and staffed at this time.


Additionally, Housing Options's office locations will be closed to all members of the public effective 3/16/20.  Please reach out to your ​provider or our main office at 716-532-5508 ext. 1017 with any needs.  We want to assure you that as an agency we will here to support as much as possible over the next several weeks.  We will resume field visits and reopen our office locations as soon as advisable based on the recommendations of federal, state, and local authorities.


As always, your local crisis services can be contacted by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255)  or should you experience an emergency, please call 9-1-1 for assistance. 


Peer Support Services

The Renewal Center (3pm-11pm/ 7 days a week)
327 Elm St, Buffalo, NY 14203

Refreshing Waters Respite (24 hours a day/ 7 days a week)

The Peer Support Warmline (24 hours a day/ 7 days a week)

The Peer Support Texting Line (24 hours a day/ 7 days a week)

The Virtual Peer Support Warmline (24 hours a day/ 7 days a week)



Who we are.....

Housing Options Made Easy, Inc. is a not-for-profit Supported Housing  and Community Support Agency developed and operated by and for recipients of mental health services.

Our foundational values are:

choice, empowerment, self-sufficiency, community integration, hope, respect, trauma informed, cultural awareness and acceptance, diversity and inclusion.


5K Race Update

Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic our drawing for the 55" Smart TV has been postponed.

Our 5K Race is still scheduled for October -

stay strong and well!






24 Hour Addiction Hotline Buffalo and Erie County 716-831-7007