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Affordable/Low-Income Housing

Affordable Housing

Affordable housing has income and credit requirements and it is for various income ranges. Applications are picked through a lottery system. When an applicant is chosen through the lottery, they have made it to the next step of the process and have to go to an interview to submit required documents. Being picked for an interview does not guarantee an apartment.

HPD and HDC Affordable Housing Lotteries

NYC's affordable housing lotteries are newly constructed or renovated buildings with subsidized apartments. For paper applications, call the affordable housing hotline. To apply online, visit NYC Housing Connect. The housing connect website contains lotteries from Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and Housing Development Corporation (HDC), people seeking housing can create a profile and fill out the application once. Then they can apply to new developments without having to fill out the application again. 5% of developments are set aside for tenants with mobility impairments and 2% are set aside for tenants with visual and hearing disabilities. Income requirements start around $18,000+

  • HPD: 212-863-7990
  • HDC: 212-227-5500

NYC Housing Connect Affordable Housing Listings

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Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground provides subsidized housing through lotteries. They have ADA compliant apartments. Most of the spaces they offer are studios or single room occupancies. Individuals seeking housing can find info on their websites or request applications by calling their hotline. When calling the hotline, an apartment seeker can listen to the recorded message of available developments and then leave a message with their contact info and desired applications. For example, all applications for a burrough or applications with the shortest waiting list. Income requirements range from $12,000 to 36,000

Phone: 800-324-7055

Breaking Ground Apartment Listings

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Low Income Housing

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)

Low income housing. Due to long waiting lists, priority is given to individuals and families applying from shelters.

Disability Application Phone: 212-306-4652

NYCHA Website

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Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT)

More than a dozen NYC nonprofits currently have contracts to provide supportive housing for homeless or unstably housed individuals who have mental/psychiatric disabilities or are high-cost Medicaid users. The criteria to live in these apartments varies based on the government agency funding them.

Find out qualifications for Supportive Housing

  • Bronx (Urban Pathways): 646-350-2531
  • Manhattan (Heritage Health and Housing): 212-866-2600
  • Queens (PSCH): 347-542-5689
  • Staten Island (S.I. Behavioral Network): 718-351-5530
  • Brooklyn Peer Advocacy Center: 718-855-5929 or 718-875-7744
  • Brooklyn (Catholic Charities): 718-722-6229
  • Brooklyn (Comunilife): 718-617-6400
  • Brooklyn (Institute for Community Living): 718-855-4035

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Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD is housing assistance provided by the federal government. They have programs for rent assistance, home owners and homeless prevention.

  • Phone: 800-955-2232
  • New York regional office: 212-264-8000

Housing and Urban Development Website

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HIV/AIDS Service Administration (HASA)

Persons living with AIDS or clinical symptomatic HIV illness may receive essential benefits and social services through HASA, a program of the New York City Human Resources Administration. HASA offers a rent subsidy for clients in private market apartments. Eligible clients may only contribute 30% of their income towards rent. The remainder is paid by HASA.

Phone: 718-716-2687

More Information on HIV/AIDS Services Administration

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Fortune Society

The Fortune Society's mission is to support successful reentry from prison and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of the communities.

Phone: 212-691-7554

Fortune Society Website

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Community Options

Community Options' mission is to develop housing and employment supports for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Phone: 212-227-9110

Community Options Website

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