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Applying for Public Housing

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. 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.

Learn more about Applying for Public Housing:
Get an Application
Customer Contact Centers
Priority Codes
 Application Process 
Information for Victims of Domestic Violence   New
 Check My Application Status   New
 Frequently Asked Questions

Get an Application
To be considered for an apartment in a public housing development, a completed application must be submitted on line. 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.

IMPORTANT: No payment or fee should be given to anyone in connection with the preparation, filing or processing of an application for Public Housing.

Applicants can now apply online for public housing. Click on the "Apply Here" button to begin the online application process.

In Person:
Computer kiosks are available for applicants to apply online at our Customer Contact Centers. No appointment is necessary.

Note: If you are requesting a Victim of Domestic Violence priority you must file a Public Housing application online first, if you have not already filed within the past two years. Then you may apply for the VDV upgrade through the NYCHA self-service portal or by contacting any of our Customer Contact Centers to obtain the Victim of Domestic Violence Document Review form. This form, whether submitted online or returned to the Customer Contact Center or the P.O. Box listed on the form, must have the required documents attached for review.


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Customer Contact Center
Applicants can call or visit any of the three regional Customer Contact Centers.

Bronx/Manhattan Customer Contact Center
478 East Fordham Road (1 Fordham Plaza), 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10458
Telephone: (718) 707-7771 Mon.- Fri. 8am - 5pm

Brooklyn/Staten Island Customer Contact Center
787 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Telephone: (718) 707-7771 Mon. - Fri. 8am - 5pm

Queens Customer Contact Center
90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, 4th Floor
Jamaica, NY 11435
Telephone: (718) 707-7771 Mon. - Fri. 8am - 5pm

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You May Be Eligible For An Apartment If:

  • The income limits of your family does not exceed the established Income Limits.
  • You meet NYCHA's definition of family. The term “family” as used by the New York City Housing Authority includes the following:
    1. Two or more persons related by blood, marriage, domestic partnership, adoption, guardianship or court awarded custody.
    2. A single person.
  • Your admission to a public housing development will not endanger the welfare and safety of other residents.
  • You and your co-applicant (spouse or domestic partner, if any) must be at least 18 years of age.

To be eligible for a senior building, you or your co-head (spouse or domestic partner, if any) must be at least 62 years of age and all other household members must be at least 62 years of age.

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Application Process

Applications are assigned a priority code based upon the information provided, and placed on the Housing Authority’s preliminary waiting list for an eligibility interview.

Please note that borough choice is a significant factor in determining how soon an applicant will be scheduled for an interview. Therefore, it is important for applicants to select their first borough choice carefully.

The Authority has longer waiting lists and fewer vacancies in the boroughs of Manhattan and Queens. Applicants selecting one of these boroughs as their first choice will probably take longer to be reached on the preliminary waiting list.

Tenant Selection & Assignment Plan 
The New York City Housing Authority has adopted this Tenant Selection & Assignment Plan (the "TSAP" or "Plan") to assure that it receives and processes applications for conventional public housing efficiently and in accordance with the laws.

Learn more about NYCHA's Fair Housing and Non-Discrimination Policy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions
Working Family Preference 

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