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Working Family Preference

Applicants who do not live or work in New York City do not qualify for the Working Family Preference.

W1 PriorityApplicants with gross family incomes from 51% to 80% of area median income.
W2 PriorityApplicants with family incomes from 31% to 50% of area median income.
W3 PriorityApplicants with gross family income from 30% or below of area median income who are “working families”. A “working family” shall mean: Income which is based on actual employment or if the head of household and spouse, or sole member, are 62 years of age or older or are receiving Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, disability benefits, or any other payments based on an individual’s inability to work.

The chart below lists the required gross family income for W1 and W2 priority.


Family SizeW1 PriorityW2 Priority
1 Person $30,101 - $48,100 $18,051 - $30,100
2 Persons $34,401 - $55,000 $20,601 - $34,400
3 Persons $38,701 - $61,850 $23,201 - $38,700
4 Persons $42,951 - $68,700 $25,751 - $42,950
5 Persons $46,401 - $74,200 $27,851 - $46,400
6 Persons $49,851 - $79,700 $29,901 - $49,850
7 Persons $53,301 - $85,200 $31,951 - $53,300
8 Persons $56,701 - $90,700 $34,001 - $56,700
9 Persons $60,151 - $96,200 $36,101 - $60,150
10 Person $63,601 - $101,700 $38,151 - $63,600
11 Person $67,051 - $107,200 $40,201 - $67,050
12 Person $70,451 - $112,700 $42,251 - $70,450
13 Person $73,901 - $118,200 $44,301 - $73,900
14 Person $77,351 - $123,700 $46,401 - $77,350
15 Person $80,801 - $129,200 $48,451 - $80,800