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Housing

The following information listed below is meant to assist people with disabilities in finding helpful resources, services and/or benefits available for Housing.

There are many different concerns and issues regarding housing in New York City, including fair housing violations.  Note that the NYC Human Rights law prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of your disability.  The information below will provide assistance in a number of housing-related areas.

AHRC New York City
Assisted Living and Adult Care
Bar Association Legal Referral Service
Barrier Free Living
Center for Urban Community Services
Department of Finance
Department of Homeless Services
Department of Housing Preservation and Development
Hard of Hearing - Tanya Towers Community Residence
Housing (Legal)
Human Resources Administration Department of Social Services
Law Help
New York Commission of Human Rights
NYC Housing Authority
NYC Housing Resource Center
Non-Profit Community Based Organizations
Sinergia
SKIP of NY
The Legal Aid Society
Weatherization Assistance Program
Wheels of Progress

AHRC New York City
Founded in 1949, AHRC New York City is the largest organization of its kind. With over 100 sites in the city, AHRC New York City serves over 11,00 children and adults with developmental disabilities each day. Among many programs and activities, the AHRC also provides assistance with personal centered planning, community residences, non-certified housing alternatives and on-going supports for people living in the homes of their choice.

83 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-780 2500
TDD/TTY: 800-662 1220
Website
 

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Assisted Living and Adult Care

This 42-story building was dedicated in 1983 to the memory of Erastus Corning 2nd, a long-time mayor of Albany who played a special role in the creation of the Plaza as the center of state government. The Tower is the tallest building in New York State outside of New York City. The building dominates the Albany skyline with its glass, marble and angular forms.

Corning Tower
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237
Phone: 866-893-6772
Website 

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Bar Association Legal Referral Service

Bar Association Legal Referral Service
The New York City Bar Association (City Bar), founded in 1870, is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. Since 1896, the organization, officially known as the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, has been headquartered in a landmark building on 44th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Manhattan. Today the City Bar has over 24,000 members.

The Legal Referral Service matches clients with experience lawyers over 100 areas of law.

Phone: 212-626-7373
Website 

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI)
NYLPI matches community organizations and non-profits with pro bono attorneys from law firms and corporate legal departments across New York City.

151 West 30th Street
11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-244-4664
Website 

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Barrier Free Living

Barrier Free living is nationally recognized as the first fully accessible emergency shelter for disabled victims of domestic violence and their families. The agency provides counseling, housing placement for people with disabilities.

270 East Second Street
New York, NY 10009
Phone: 212-677 6668
Website 

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Common Ground
505 Eight Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY  10018
Phone: (800) 324-7055
Website

Common Ground’s mission is to strengthen individuals, families and communities by developing and sustaining exceptional Supportive and Affordable Housing as well as programs for homeless and other vulnerable New Yorkers.

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Project Hospitality

150 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY  10023
Phone: (718) 448-1544
Website

Project Hospitality, a private not-for-profit organization based in Staten Island, New York, provides comprehensive services for hungry and homeless and inadequately housed people, especially those who are living with multiple diagnoses such as HIV, substance use, and/or mental illness. As the only comprehensive homeless service provider in the borough of Staten Island, Project Hospitality serves more than 5,000 Staten Island residents each year.
Project Hospitality operates with more than 300 staff and a corps of more than 600 students, community, religious, and corporate volunteers.

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Susan’s Place
1911 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY  10453
Phone: (718) 943-1340
Website                 

Care for the Homeless opened Susan’s Place, a 180-bed (now a 200-bed) transitional residence with an onsite medical and dental clinic on August 6, 2008. Susan’s Place is dedicated to serving medically frail and mentally ill homeless women, providing them with healthy meals, clean clothing, recreational activities and a broad range of primary health care and social services. Susan’s Place gives these women a safe and supportive environment and the services that will help keep them re-housed after we place them in permanent housing.

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Center for Urban Community Services

CUCS is working to end homelessness and ensure opportunities for low income New Yorkers.

198 East 121th Street
New York, NY 10035
Phone: 212-801-3300
Website 

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Department of Finance

Finance offers property tax reductions through exemptions and abatements for Residential Property, Commercial Construction, and Governmental, Industrial, and Not-for-Profit.

Disabled Homeowners’ Exemption (DHE)
DHE is granted to owners of 1-, 2-, and 3-family houses, condominiums, or cooperative apartments who meet disability status, income and residency requirements.

Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE)
The Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program offers eligible tenants an exemption from rent increases. The owner of the building receives a credit against their real estate taxes from the City of New York. Applicants must meet ALL of the eligibility requirements.

Senior Citizen Homeowners' Exemption (SCHE)
SCHE is granted to owners of 1-, 2-, and 3-family houses, condominiums, or cooperative apartments who meet age, income and residency requirements.

Senior Citizen Rent Increase Program (SCRIE)
The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Program (SCRIE) offers eligible tenants a freeze in the amount of rent they pay. If a tenant is accepted into the program they will not have to pay any rent increases as long as they meet the program eligibility requirements.

New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR)
There are two types of STAR benefits: Basic and Enhanced. In both cases, the property must be at least one owner's primary residence, that is, the house, condominium, or cooperative apartment the owner lives in for the majority of the year.

Basic STAR. There is no age limit. Beginning July 1, 2011, total combined household income must be $500,000 or less. (Previously there was no income limit.) Most homeowners who have Basic STAR can save about $280 a year on their NYC property taxes.

Enhanced STAR Seniors age 65 or over (as of the December 31st following the March 15th due date of the application) with total combined household income of $79,050 or less may be entitled to Enhanced STAR instead of Basic STAR. This program offers a savings of about $560 per year. Homeowners who apply for and receive SCHE will also receive Enhanced STAR benefits.

Call 311
Phone: 212-NEW-YORK (Out-of-City)
TTY: 212-504-4115
Website 

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Department of Homeless Services

Homebase is a citywide program designed to help families and individuals overcome immediate housing problems that could result in becoming homeless, and to develop a plan for long-term housing stability. Program services are crafted to meet the unique needs of each individual or family and to help meet the demands of maintaining a household.

Common Ground
505 Eight Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY  10018
Phone: 1800-324-7055
www.commonground.org

Common Ground’s mission is to strengthen individuals, families and communities by developing and sustaining exceptional Supportive and Affordable Housing as well as programs for homeless and other vulnerable New Yorkers.

Project Hospitality
150 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY  10023
Phone: 718-448-1544
www.projecthospitaly.org

Project Hospitality, a private not-for-profit organization based in Staten Island, New York, provides comprehensive services for hungry and homeless and inadequately housed people, especially those who are living with multiple diagnoses such as HIV, substance use, and/or mental illness. As the only comprehensive homeless service provider in the borough of Staten Island, Project Hospitality serves more than 5,000 Staten Island residents each year.

Project Hospitality operates with more than 300 staff and a corps of more than 600 student, community, religious, and corporate volunteers.

Susan's Place
1911 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY  10453
Phone: 718-943-1340
www.careforthehomeless.org

Care for the Homeless opened Susan's Place, a 180-bed (now a 200-bed) transitional residence with an onsite medical and dental clinic on August 6, 2008. Susan's Place is dedicated to serving medically frail and mentally ill homeless women, providing them with healthy meals, clean clothing, recreational activities and a broad range of primary health care and social services. Susan’s Place gives these women a safe and supportive environment and the services that will help keep them re-housed after we place them in permanent housing.

HOMELESS PREVENTION FUND
The Homeless Prevention Fund provides emergency financial assistance to households citywide, who are unable to secure sufficient assistance through available programs and are at imminent risk of homelessness due to rent arrears. The Fund offers emergency financial assistance to low-income households who meet the following criteria:

  • Household income range between $15,000 and $30,000 annually; and
  • An eviction petition has been filed; and
  • The household has the ability to pay rent in the future.

Please contact:

Coalition for the Homeless
129 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-776-2039

Coalition for the Homeless Eviction Prevention Program
Clients are seen by appointment only. An appointment can be scheduled by calling the Eviction Prevention hotline, which is open every Wednesday at starting at 9:30 a.m. The number for the hotline is 212-776-2039.

The Bridge Fund
105 East 22nd Street
Suite 621 E
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-674-0812

Community Service Society
105 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-614-5375

Contact DHS by calling 311 or 212-361-8000

Website 

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Department of Housing Preservation and Development

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is actively engaged in the development of accessible and affordable housing.

Housing Lotteries
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.

Mitchell-Lama
Created in 1955, the Mitchell-Lama program provides affordable rental and cooperative housing to moderate- and middle-income families.

Contact the Department of Housing Preservation and Development by calling 311 or visit their website.

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Hard of Hearing - Tanya Towers Community Residence

Tanya Towers is an apartment building that provides homes for Deaf and Hard of Hearing tenants.
620 East 13th Street
New York, NY 10009
Phone: 212-777-2803
Website 

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Housing (Legal)

Legal Resources

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Phone: 800-669-9777
TTY: 800-927-9275
Website

Reasonable Accommodations under the Fair Housing Act
Website

Fair Housing Accessibility First
888-341-7781 (V & TTY)
Website 

Fair Housing FAQ Search
Website 

Rural Housing Repair and Rehabilitation Loans & Grants
Phone: 202-720-4323 / 202-690-1533
TTY: 800-877-8339
Website

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Human Resources Administration Department of Social Services

One-Shot Deal
New York City residents may apply for a one-time emergency grant, also called a "One Shot", when an unforeseen circumstance prevents the applicant from meeting an expense. An applicant must meet eligibility guidelines and is subject to investigative review of the application. Emergency grant applicants may obtain rental assistance in cases of impending evictions, assistance with home energy and utility bills, disaster assistance including moving expenses, and the purchase of personal items for health and safety.

To contact HRA please go to 311 Online or call the HRA Infoline at 718-557-1399 for more information on our services.
Website 

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
HEAP is a federally funded program that provides heating benefits to supplement a household's annual energy cost. HEAP also provides emergency assistance for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP assists with furnace repairs and/or replacements for households with inoperable heating equipment.

Questions regarding the HEAP program should be directed to your Local Department of Social Services Office at 800-692-0557 or the NYS HEAP Hotline at 800-342-3009.

Want to see if you may be eligible? Complete a HEAP pre-screening online.

You can also call the HRA Heat Line at 212-331-3150.

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Law Help

Helping low-income New Yorkers solve legal problems in the following legal areas:

Consumer, Immigration, Disability Discrimination and Civil rights, Family and Juvenile, Veterans and Military Education, Public Benefits, Health, Taxes, Housing, Workers' Rights, Senior, Community Development, Consequences of Criminal Charges and Internet Fraud.

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New York Commission of Human Rights

The New York City Commission on Human Rights' Equal Access Program provides disability access, assistance and education to people with disabilities and senior citizens. The program assists individuals by identifying available resources, advocating for the disabled in their dealings with landlords and/or service providers, and, if early intervention fails, assisting with legal actions. If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination in the City of New York, you may file a complaint with the Law Enforcement Bureau of the Commission on Human Rights, located at 40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, in lower Manhattan or at any of its Community Service Centers. The law requires that the complaint be filed within one year of the last alleged act of discrimination.

New York City Commission On Human Rights Informational Booklet. The Commission's informational booklet describes the provisions of the Human Rights Law, the work of both the Law Enforcement and the Community Relations Bureaus, the many services the Commission provides, and how to file a complaint. This booklet is currently available in six languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, French, and Korean.
Equal Access: It's The Law. Equal Access: It's the Law summarizes disability rights under the NYC Human Rights Law in areas of housing, public accommodations, and employment.

Fair Housing: It's The Law. The NYC Human Rights Law prohibits housing discrimination in New York City based on a person's real or perceived race, color, national origin, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), creed, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, partnership status, alienage or citizenship status, age, lawful occupation or because children may be or will be residing with you.

Contact the New York City Commission on Human Rights
To file a discrimination complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, please call 311 or 212-306-7450.
Website 

City Commission on Human Rights Service Center Phone Numbers
Manhattan: 212-306-5070
Brooklyn: 718-722-3130
Bronx: 718-579-6900
Queens: 718-657-2465
Staten Island: 718-390-8506

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NYC Housing Authority

The New York City Housing Authority provides decent and affordable housing in a safe and secure living environment for low- and moderate-income residents throughout the five boroughs. NYCHA works to enhance the quality of life at NYCHA by offering our residents opportunities to participate in a multitude of community, educational and recreational programs, as well as job readiness and training initiatives. NYCHA is also the largest public housing authority in North America and manages more than 175,000 apartments in its Conventional Public Housing Program.
To be considered for an apartment in a public housing development, a completed application must be submitted. On the application, applicants are requested to select a first and second borough choice and provide information about their total household income, family composition and current living situation.

Contact NYCHA by calling 311
Website

Current NYCHA Residents can contact the Borough Management Office

Brooklyn: 718-649-6400
Bronx: 718-409-8626
Manhattan: 212-427-8542
Queens / Staten Island: 718-657-8300

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NYC Housing Resource Center

Here you will find information on all aspects of City housing, including renting an apartment, buying a home, and apartment maintenance issues. Through this site, you will also find all of the City's affordable housing lottery listings.

Website

NYC Housing Connect 

NYC Housing Connect is your portal to search and apply for affordable housing opportunities in New York City. On the site, you can: 

  • Learn how to apply for affordable housing in New York City.
  • View current and upcoming housing opportunities.
  • Start, save, and complete an application for your household.
  • Apply to housing options for which you may qualify.

Applying and qualifying for affordable housing can be a long process, and you are not guaranteed to receive housing. Your household must not only qualify with detailed criteria on a property-by-property basis, but you must also be selected at random in that property's lottery. Preferences noted in the advertisement will be given first consideration. For more information on Preferences, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you need immediate housing assistance, or require shelter, please call 311. For other housing resources for New York City, visit the Affordable Housing Resource Center at www.nyc.gov/housing.

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Non-Profit Community Based Organizations

Center for Independence of the Disabled in NY (CIDNY)
The Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York's (CIDNY) goal is to ensure full integration, independence and equal opportunity for all people with disabilities by removing barriers to the social, economic, cultural and civic life of the community. CIDNY is a part of Independent Living Centers movement. CIDNY is NOT a housing provider, they provides referrals, assistance, and resources for individuals looking for affordable and accessible housing.

Website 

There are six Independent Living Centers in NYC:

Center of Independence of the Disabled in NY
841 Broadway
Suite 301
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-674-2300
TTY 212-674-5619

Center of Independence of the Disabled in Queens
80-02 Kew Gardens Road
Suite 107
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Phone: (646) 442-1520
TTY 718-886-0427
Website

Harlem Independent Living Center
289 St. Nicholas Avenue
Suite 21
Lower level
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-222-7122
TTY 212-222-7198
Website

Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled
27 Smith Street
Suite 200
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718-998-3000
TTY 718-998-7406
Website

Bronx Independent Living Services
4419 Third Avenue
Suite 2C
Bronx, NY 10457
Phone: 718-515-2800
TTY 718-515 2803
Website

Staten Island Center for Independent Living
470 Castleton Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: 718-720-9016
Website

Services for the Elderly

The New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, Inc.
New York Foundation for Senior Citizens is dedicated to helping New York's seniors enjoy healthier, safer, more productive and dignified lives in their own homes and communities and to help them avoid the need for premature institutionalization.

11 Park Place
14th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-962-7559
Website

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
This is one of New York's largest human services agencies, that provides advocacy and social services to help individuals to find immediate relief and lasting solutions to poverty. They help families in crisis to become self-sufficient, and to improve their quality of life.

80 Maiden Lane
21th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-453-9500
Website

JASA-Jewish Association Serving the Aging
JASA provides support and assistance, case management advocacy. They own and manage housing for the elderly who qualify as low-to moderate- income individuals. Seniors in JASA housing units enjoy the benefits of group activities, social services, and special safety features. A manager and social worker are on duty in every complex, and several have on-site senior center.

247 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-273-5272
Website

Services for Mentally Disabled

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI provides advocacy and support for mentally disabled individuals.

NAMI-NYC Metro
505 Eighth Avenue
Suite 1103
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-684-3264
Website

Services for the UnderServed
Founded in 1978, Services for the UnderServed (SUS) has gained a reputation for supporting individuals and families facing challenging life situations such as mental illness, developmental disability, physical disability, AIDS, homelessness, unemployment and poverty.

305 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-633 6900
Email: info@sus.org
Website 

Pathways to Housing
The Pathways moves people who are homeless and suffer from phychiatric disabilities directly from the streets into apartments of their own, instantly making them part of a community. Once settled in a stable living situation, they successfully engage with the variety of services available to them.

186 East 123rd Street
New York, NY 10035
Phone: 212-289-0000
Website 

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Sinergia

Tier II Shelter and Housing Advocacy

Sinergia, Inc. operates a Tier II Program, which is transitional housing for homeless families who have members that are developmentally disabled. It is operated under the Division of Homeless Services (DHS). Sinergia also operates two innovative Housing Advocacy Programs funded by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), and the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR). We provide services such as housing advocacy and home finding assistance to low-income families who have members that are developmentally disabled.

2082 Lexington Avenue
4th Floor
New York, NY 10035
Phone: 212-643-2840 or 866-867-9665
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SKIP of NY

SKIP is short for Sick Kids [Need] Involved People but it's long on the kind of assistance that has helped more than 10,000 very sick and/or developmentally disabled children over the past 27 years in the state of New York get home from hospitals and institutions to live with their families and participate in their schools and communities to the fullest extent possible.

SKIP of New York is the only 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit agency of its kind. It is based on the belief that every kid deserves a shot at the best childhood they can get, especially kids who are medically fragile and/or developmentally disabled. Through service coordination, advocacy and hands-on problem solving, more than 150 SKIP case managers make sure the 3,000 children they work with each year get that chance.

601 West 26th Street
Suite 522
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-268-5999
Website 

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The Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. is a not-for-profit law office. We provide free legal information, advice and representation to people who can't afford a lawyer.

Manhattan: 212-577-3300
Bronx: 718-991-4758
Brooklyn: 718-722-3100
Queens: 718-286-2450
Staten Island: 718-273-6677

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Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) assists families and individuals by reducing their heating/cooling costs and improving the safety of their homes through energy efficiency measures. Energy efficiency measures performed through the program include air sealing (weather stripping, caulking), wall and ceiling insulation, heating system improvements or replacement, efficiency improvements in lighting, hot water tank and pipe insulation, and refrigerator replacements with highly efficient Energy Star rated units. Both single-family and multi-family buildings are assisted. Household energy use reductions and resultant energy cost savings are significant, with an average savings in excess of 20%.

Eligibility:
Program services are available to both income-eligible homeowners and renters, with priority given to senior citizens, families with children and persons with disabilities.

How to Apply:

  1. An application is submitted to the local service provider to determine program eligibility;
  2. An energy audit of the home is conducted to identify needs;
  3. The home is weatherized; and
  4. Home is inspected to assure quality of work completed.

Program services are delivered through the NYS Homes Housing and Community Renewal's (HCR) statewide network of local service providers who may use their own licensed crews or hire local private contractors to perform the work.

To apply, contact your local service provider.

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Wheels of Progress

Wheels of Progress' mission is to create appropriate housing opportunities for people with disabilities who have been institutionalized, are at risk of becoming institutionalized, or are sequestered in their own homes because their own homes are not accessible. As Medicaid NHTD Waiver providers, the organization has developed a scattered site program while plans for developing affordable, accessible & supportive housing in the community are in process. Wheels of Progress is committed to creating transformative environments and experiences in which persons with disabilities are empowered to claim their full rights and responsibilities in the world.

64 East 111th Street
Suite 907
New York, NY 10029

Phone: (646) 725-9211
Fax: (888) 391-5799
Website

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