What is Mitchell-Lama?
Created in 1955, the Mitchell-Lama program provides affordable rental and cooperative housing to moderate- and middle-income families. There are 132 City-sponsored, moderate- and middle-income rental and limited-equity cooperative developments in New York City, which contain approximately 54,000 units. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) 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.
How to Apply
1. Check the list of Mitchell-Lama developments with open waiting lists and see if there are any developments in which you are interested.
2. Send a letter to the managing agent of the development(s) in which you are interested.
Each development requires that you apply separately. There is no master list for applications. However, you can apply to more than one development at a time. Mitchell-Lama apartments are sold or rented through waiting lists kept by each development. Many Mitchell-Lama waiting lists are closed because there are already enough applicants listed to fill vacancies expected in the foreseeable future. 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. Check your local newspapers to find out when applications are being accepted.
Check for City-sponsored developments with open waiting lists (in PDF )
Check for New York State-sponsored developments with open waiting lists