Resources for Homeowners in NYC

Navigating the complexities of homeownership in New York City can be a unique challenge, but there are resources available to help. The programs listed here, from Homeowner Tax Exemptions to the Homeowner Handbook, combine together into a valuable toolbox for small homeowners in New York City. Explore the resources below to access the information and support you need to save money and stay in your home.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) can help eligible New Yorkers heat and cool their homes. HEAP is a vital program here in New York, specifically designed to assist low-income homeowners with their energy needs, especially during the cold winter months. If you are a homeowner and eligible, the Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement benefit can help you repair or replace your furnace, boiler, and other direct heating equipment necessary to keep your home's primary heating source working. Apply for HEAP benefits online here, in person at a HEAP location, or over the phone by calling HRA’s Infoline at 718-577-1399 to request an application. Learn more about HEAP here.

Home Support Unit (HSU)

The NYC Mayor’s Public Engagement Home Support Unit (HSU) works with rental owners, real estate agents, and property managers to lease vacant apartments to New Yorkers with housing vouchers. There are many benefits to renting to voucher holders including upfront payments and government-backed checks every month for all or a portion of the rent. If you are a homeowner who is interested in renting an available unit or room, or would like additional information, visit HSU’s website to request assistance from an HSU Specialist.

Homeowner Handbook

The Homeowner Handbook is a comprehensive guide to help New York homeowners navigate the responsibilities of homeownership and access available resources in their time of need. It assists small homeowners in understanding and navigating the various governmental agencies, programs, and regulations that impact small homes in New York City, including information about accessing financial assistance, removing code violations, and complying with local laws. Get your copy of the Homeowner Handbook here.

Housing Information Classes

The Department of Housing Preservation & Development hosts virtual housing information classes for NYC residents. These classes provide information on a variety of housing issues to homeowners, property managers, and tenants in New York City. The classes are free and led by experts. Learn more and sign up for an upcoming classes here.

Homeowner Tax Exemptions

There are housing benefits available in NYC to help older New Yorkers and New Yorkers with disabilities save money and live securely in their homes. The NYC Public Engagement Unit (PEU) provides free, one-on-one assistance to NYC homeowners looking to enroll in homeowner tax exemptions. Learn more about homeowner tax exemptions or call PEU’s Hotline at 929-252-7242 to speak with a PEU Specialist about applying for homeowner tax exemptions.