Apartment Hunting Tips
Finding an apartment in New York City is always difficult, for people of all income levels. Be sure you know all there is to know about looking for an apartment before beginning your search.
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The City's housing agencies maintain lists of apartments and homes developed using City or state subsidies and financing. When the apartments and homes are ready to rented or sold, they are advertised in both local and major newspapers and can also be viewed online. Beginning June 5th, you will be able to fill out an online application on NYC Housing Connect and apply to two new affordable housing developments as the pilot phase for the system begins.
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The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) provides decent and affordable housing in a safe and secure living environment for low- and moderate-income residents throughout the five boroughs. Families pay no more than 30% of their family income for rent. The rent difference is subsidized by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It is virtually impossible to establish an average waiting time for a family to enter conventional public housing. Some applicants can be matched up with an available apartment in months, while others often have to wait years.
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Mitchell-Lama ApartmentsProspective Section 8 Voucher Information
The Mitchell-Lama program provides affordable rental and cooperative housing to moderate- and middle-income families. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development supervises waiting lists, management issues, and has other oversight responsibilities for 50 Mitchell-Lama developments; an additional 82 developments have shared supervision by HPD and the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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Currently all the Section 8 lists for vouchers are closed. Vouchers are available in special situations, for which referrals are required. The only exception is victims of domestic violence (DV), who with proper documentation may be able to obtain vouchers through NYCHA.
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