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Applying for Public Housing

N-1 PRIORITY - Victims of Domestic Violence and Intimidated Witnesses
Applicants who have suffered serious or repeated abuse from a family member or a person with whom they had, or continue to have, an intimate relationship, and as a result of the abuse the victim suffered actual physical injury or the threat of injury, and the victim: (a) will continue to suffer abuse if he or she continues to live in the current residence, or (b) has left the residence due to the abuse and is not living in standard permanent replacement housing. Victims of domestic violence will not be offered an apartment near the residence which they resided at the time of the abuse, and such applicants in Staten Island may not select Staten Island.

To qualify for this priority, the applicant must provide documentation. Please see the documentation requirements below.
Victim of Domestic Violence - Documentation Requirements (in PDF)
Victim of Domestic Violence - Inpatient Hospital Letter (if applicable) (in PDF)

Applicants with a family member cooperating in a criminal investigation/prosecution, where a member of the household has been threatened by a defendant or by a person associated with a defendant. Intimidated Witness applicants will not be offered an apartment near the residence in which they resided at the time of the incident, and such applicants in Staten Island may not select Staten Island. To qualify for this priority, the applicant must be referred directly to the Housing Authority from the District Attorney’s Office.


Certified Emergency Need Based Priority Wait List / Oldest Certification Date

This chart provides the number of certified emergency priority (“N0” and “N1”) applications waiting for a NYCHA public housing apartment. Applicants are offered apartments based on highest priority and oldest certification date. Therefore, “N0” priority applications will be offered apartments before “N1” priority applications. The chart will be updated every three months.

Click here for the certified waiting list.



Zip Code Exclusion / Unsafe Zones

When victims of domestic violence are determined eligible for placement to NYCHA public housing, some developments close to the neighborhood where the victim lived will not be offered. This page provides information to applicants of unsafe locations where NYCHA will not offer apartments.

How to use the chart:

At left of chart, locate the zip code where you resided at the time of abuse (“unsafe zip code”), to the right are all the excluded zip codes. You will not be offered any developments located in the excluded zip codes. If you have more than one unsafe zip code, you will be excluded from the excluded zip codes for those areas as well.

Click here for the Zip Code Exclusion Chart.

Click here for a map of the five boroughs in New York City.