The NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) is the City’s lead housing agency. Visit HPD’s website for more information about these and other housing opportunities.
NYC Affordable Housing Resource Center
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Affordable Houses and Apartments/Open Lottery System
HPD works with real estate professionals and community sponsors to create affordable condominiums, cooperatives, single-family townhouses, two- and three-unit houses throughout the City. HPD requires these homes and apartments are sold through an Open Lottery system to ensure the fair and equitable distribution of housing. In order to participate in a lottery, you should respond to a newspaper advertisement or email notice (see below) and fill out an application. There are no brokers' fees and no application fees.
Learn about current homebuying lottery opportunities
Affordable Rental Housing/Open Lottery System
When apartments created under HPD's affordable housing programs become available, they are advertised in citywide and local newspapers. Listings are also available via a recorded message on HPD's Affordable Housing Hotline at 311 or, outside of New York City, by dialing (212) NEW-YORK. The Affordable Hotline is offered in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Korean, and Haitian Creole.
Learn about current rental lottery opportunities
Created in 1955, the Mitchell-Lama program provides affordable rental and cooperative housing to moderate- and middle-income families. There are 97 City-sponsored, moderate- and middle-income rental and limited-equity cooperative developments in New York City, with more than 44,600 units. Periodically, these developments open their waiting lists and new applications are accepted based on a lottery system. Mitchell-Lama developments must advertise when they open their waiting lists.
Learn about Mitchell-Lama apartments
NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC)
A vital HPD partner, HDC finances the creation and preservation of affordable housing for low-, moderate- and middle-income New Yorkers. On the HDC website, click on the "Apply for Housing" tab for more details on rental and homebuying opportunities.
Visit the HDC website
Homeownership Programs A-Z
Visit the Homeownership Programs A-Z webpage for other programs - downpayment assistance, homebuyers classes, Habitat For Humanity, buying a mixed commercial/residential building - that can help you find a place to live in New York City.
Subscribe to NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) E-Mail Updates
One e-mail address and password is all it takes to sign up. Select the box next to a newsletter topic (Housing Education, Residential Building Owner information, and/or Apartments and Homes for Rent or Sale). Then enter in the required registration information and click the "Subscribe" button. It's that easy!