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Applying for Section 8

Section 8 Priority Codes

Code 0
Applicants referred to the Housing Authority by the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS).

Municipal employees who are homeless and referred by their representative union pursuant with an agreement with the Housing Authority.

Code 1
Applicants referred to the Housing Authority from the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) under the Family Unification Program.

Applicants referred to the Housing Authority from the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) under the Independent Living Program.

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 the defendant.  Applicants must be referred directly to the Housing Authority from the District Attorney's Office.  Intimidated Witness applicants will not be permitted to rent an apartment near the residence in which they resided at the time of the incident and such, applicants in Staten Island may not rent in Staten Island.

To qualify for this priority, the applicant must be referred directly to the Housing Authority from the District Attorney's Office.

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 permitted to rent an apartment near the residence in which resided at the time of the abuse, and such, applicants in Staten Island may not rent in Staten Island.  Please refer to the VDV DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS to determine what paperwork must be submitted along with your application in order to qualify for this priority.

Code 2
Applicants who live in hotels or shelters used by the City or whose primary nighttime residence is a place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation.  To qualify for this priority, the following documentation must be submitted with your application:

  1. Referral letter from the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Department of Homeless Services or NYC Human Resources Administration's HIV/AIDS Services Administration, or
  2. Letter from a social services agency confirming that you live on the street or in a shelter, or
  3. Letter from transitional housing facility (not including inpatient drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs) for unwed mothers, nursing or adult home stating you are required to move.

Applicants in the following categories who must leave their current housing within six months and are unable to return to their previous residence:

  • Residing in a nursing or adult home
  • Hospitalized long-term
  • Residing in transitional housing for unwed mothers
Families residing in substandard, doubled-up or overcrowded conditions (defined as more than 2 persons per bedroom), including families whose housing creates a rent hardship (50% or more of the family income for rent); families involuntarily displaced.

Code 5
Special Purpose Assistance Program.

Code 9
Applicants who do not qualify for any priority listed above.