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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Apartment Seekers

Apartment Seekers
With some of the lowest vacancy rates in the nation, New York City’s apartment rental market remains extremely tight. It can take persistence to find a new apartment within your budget. With this in mind, we have compiled lists of City-sponsored apartments that are currently accepting applications and a number of links to Internet sites to assist tenants in their search. This site is not intended to be comprehensive, but we hope that you will find the information presented here useful as a starting point for finding affordable housing.

Open Housing Lotteries

HPD does not rent apartments. HPD works with real estate professionals and community sponsors who market apartments. We require that City-subsidized apartments be rented through an Open Lottery system to ensure fair and equitable distribution of housing to eligible applicants.

In order to participate in a lottery, you will have to contact the respective building managers, community sponsors and/or real estate professionals directly to fill out an application and enter it in an apartment lottery. There are no brokers' fees and no application fees.

Find out about current housing lotteries 

What to Expect

After You Apply - Resources

HPD encourages everyone to vote. Click here for more information.


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