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Housing Programs for Municipal Employees

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development, along with the Housing Development Corporation (HDC), has created a preference in their housing lotteriesfor income-eligible New York City municipal employees. Municipal employees willbe eligible for 5 percent of the units in HPD - and HDC-financed rental and homeownership developments. Down Payment Assistance is also available. HPD will also work with its partners to provide homeownership counseling and education to municipal employees interested in becoming homeowners.

What is the reason for this program?

The City is committed to widening opportunities for affordable housing for all New Yorkers. Furthermore the City recognizes that many New York City municipal employees are required to live within the five boroughs and can often find it very difficult to obtain affordable housing.

Who is eligible for the preference?

Nearly all New York City employees are eligible for the preference. For a list of eligible government agencies click here. Municipal employees must also meet the criteria for the development for which they are applying. Employees will be screened to insure that no conflict of interest exists, for example, that the employee did not have decision making authority during the project. If you are unsure whether you may have a conflict of interest check with your agency.

All applicants for affordable units in HPD- and HDC-sponsored developments must enter the developer's lotteries and be qualified according to the program criteria. These criteria vary with each development, but generally include income limits, credit checks, financial means to meet monthly rent or mortgage payments, and can include home visits. It is important to note as well that the City itself does not sell or rent these apartments, but works with real estate developers and community sponsors to market them. The final transaction takes place between a prospective tenant or homeowner and the developer.

How does the preference work?

Affordable units are marketed according to strict guidelines (including notice of the opening of a lottery and exactly what the application criteria is). Applicants are drawn through a lottery process, numbered in a log, and then screened to establish that they are income eligible according to general regulatory guidelines and those guidelines are agreed to by the developer.

The affordable units will then be allocated according to the following criteria:

  • For affordable rentals, residents of the community board in which the project is located will be given preference for 50% of the affordable units withina development; disabled persons will be given preference for 7% of the units (5% of the units are for those with mobility impairments and 2% are forthose who are hearing or visually impaired); and municipal employees will be given a preference for 5% of the units.

  • For affordable homeownership units, community board residents will be given preference for 50% of the affordable units; disabled persons will be given preference for 7% of the units (5% of units are for those with mobility impairments and 2% are for those who are hearing or visually impaired); active-duty uniformed police officers will be given preference for 5% of affordable units; and municipal employees will be given a preference for 5% of the units.

For further information on lotteries for rental units, click here and for homeownership units, click here.

What assistance is available for help with down payments?

The HomeFirst Down Payment Assistance program provides qualified homebuyers with up to 6% of a home's purchase price, or $10,000, whichever is greater, toward the down payment or closing costs on a 1-4 family home, a condominium, or a cooperative in one ofHPD's Homeownership Zones in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island. More information on the program, the zones and its income requirements is available by clicking here.

What homeownership counseling and education is available?

HPD is committed to helping municipal employees through our homeowner education resources. With its partners in the non-profit sector, HPD has developed substantial resources to encourage and increase opportunities for homeownership. Our homeownership counseling partners offer extensive programs that provide credit counseling, information on effective budgeting techniques, prevention and awareness of predatory lending and homeowner maintenance and repair workshops. These programs provide the foundation for successful homeownership and are a tremendous asset to first-time homebuyers. More information on HPD-approved counseling agencies is available here

Where can I find out about available housing developments?

HPD's website lists apartments for rent created under HPD's affordable housing programs and city sponsored homes for sale. The information is also available at HPD's apartment listing hotline: 212-863-5610 (English) or 212-863-5620 (Spanish). You can check local newspapers as developers are required to advertise.

Agencies Eligible for Municipal Preference

Administration for Children Services
Art Commission
Board of Elections
Board of Standards and Appeals
Borough Presidents
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
Brooklyn Public Library
Business Integrity Commission
Campaign Finance Board
Charter Revision Commission
City Clerk
City Council
City University of New York
Civil Service Commission
Civilian Complaint Review Board
Commission for the United Nations, Consular Corps and Protocol
Commission on Human Rights
Commission on Women's Issues
Commission to Combat Police Corruption
Community Assistance Unit
Community Boards
Conflicts of Interest Board
Department for the Aging
Department of Buildings
Department of City Planning
Department of Citywide Administrative Services
Department of Consumer Affairs
Department of Correction
Department of Cultural Affairs
Department of Design & Construction
Department of Education
Department of Environmental Protection
Department of Finance
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Department of Homeless Services
Department of Housing Preservation and Development
Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications
Department of Investigation
Department of Juvenile Justice
Department of Parks & Recreation
Department of Probation
Department of Records
Department of Sanitation
Department of Small Business Services
Department of Transportation
Department of Youth And Community Development
District Attorneys (Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond County)
Economic Development Corporation
Equal Employment Practices Commission
Financial Information Services Agency
Fire Department
Health and Hospitals Corporation
Housing Development Corporation (for projects financed solely by HPD)
Human Resources Administration
Independent Budget Office
Landmarks Preservation Commission
Latin Media & Entertainment Commission
Law Department
Local Conditional Release Commission
Loft Board
Mayor's Office
Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary
Mayor's Committee on City Marshals
Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC
Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Mayor's Office of AIDS Policy Coordination
Mayor's Office of Contract Services
Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
Mayor's Office of Health Insurance Access
Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
Mayor's Office of Operations
Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs
Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence
Mayor's Volunteer Center
New York City Housing Authority
New York City Marketing Development Corporation/NYC Marketing
New York City Office of Environmental Coordination
New York City Sports Commission
New York Public Library
NYC Districting Commission
NYC Employees' Retirement System
NYC Police Pension Fund
Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH)
Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Office of Collective Bargaining
Office of Emergency Management
Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
Office of Labor Relations
Office of Management And Budget
Office of Payroll Administration
Office of Prosecution and Special Narcotics Court
Office of the Actuary
Office of the Comptroller
Police Department
Procurement Policy Board
Public Administrator - Queens County
Public Advocate
Queens Borough Public Library
Rent Guidelines Board
School Construction Authority
Tax Commission
Taxi & Limousine Commission
Transitional Finance Authority
United Nations Development Corporation
Voter Assistance Commission
Water Finance Authority
Workforce Investment Board

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