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Housing Resources

Affordable Housing

Your best resource to locate all affordable housing is the New York City Affordable Housing Resource Center.

Visit NYC Affordable Housing Resource Center

Senior Housing

Health Advocates for Older People (HAFOP) has developed a comprehensive compilation of information on senior housing and assisted living in Manhattan.

Download the HAFOP Senior Housing Opportunities Guide 

The Department for the Aging (DFTA) maintains borough-based guides to Alternatives in Senior Housing. Guides include explanations of the different housing types. They also list appropriate borough contact information for adult homes, enriched housing, assisted living programs, Mitchell-Lama built for – or set aside for – the elderly public housing built for the elderly, Section 202, Section 8 and SROs for the elderly.

Documents below are in PDF format. Click here to download the latest Adobe Reader.

Download Alternatives in Senior Housing (Bronx)
Download Alternatives in Senior Housing (Manhattan)
Download Alternatives in Senior Housing (Brooklyn)
Download Alternatives in Senior Housing (Queens)
Download Alternatives in Senior Housing (Staten Island)

Also available from DFTA is a downloadable Senior Housing Resource Guide that is updated annually. In addition to providing information about types of senior housing, this comprehensive Guide is a good resource for people of any age who want to find subsidized housing through lotteries.  The Guide also lists city, state and federal websites, addresses and phone numbers; describes housing benefits, rights and protections; lists sources of financial/legal assistance and contact information for non-profits providing housing assistance; and provides information about housing courts in the five boroughs.

Download Resource Guide on Housing for New York City Seniors (in PDF)

Assistance with Housing Costs


A number of government programs assist low-income homeowners and renters with housing costs. Some of these programs are specifically for seniors.

Tax Abatement through Real Property Tax Credit IT-214 (in PDF)
STAR School Tax Relief
Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE)
Senior Citizen Home Assistance Program (SCHAP)
Home Improvement Program

Home Sharing


The New York Foundation for Senior Citizens matches adult “hosts” who have space in their homes/apartments with responsible adult “guests” in need of housing. One of the pair must be 60 years of age or older. Services are free and include confidential screening, negotiation of agreements for shared housing and follow-up counseling.

Visit New York Foundation Home Sharing Program

Emergency Housing and Homeless Services


The New York City Affordable Housing Center provides information about sources of emergency housing assistance.

Visit the Affordable Housing Center's Emergency Housing and Homeless Services 

To connect to other resources for homeless seniors or seniors at-risk of homelessness:

Visit the Department of Homeless Services or call 311.
Visit the DOROT Homelessness Prevention Program or call 212-580-0001.
Visit Encore Community Services or call 212-581-3490.
Visit the Partnership for the Homeless or call 212-645-3444.