The Mitchell-Lama program provides affordable rental and cooperative housing to moderate- and middle-income families. The program was sponsored by New York State Senator MacNeil Mitchell and Assemblyman Alfred Lama, and was signed into law in 1955. There are both New York City supervised Mitchell-Lama developments and New York State supervised Mitchell-Lama developments.
If you are a veteran residing in New York State you may be entitled to a preference for Mitchell-Lama developments with an open waiting list.
All Mitchell-Lama developments have eligibility requirements related to income limits, family size, and apartment size. In addition, each development sets its own restrictions and limitations.
Maximum income limits differ for federally-assisted rental and cooperative developments, and non-federally-assisted developments. The waiting list specifies if a development is federally subsidized and if it is a rental or cooperative.
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A surcharge will be added to your monthly rent/carrying charge if your adjusted household income from the prior calendar year exceeds the maximum income limit. Every year Mitchell-Lama tenants are required to complete an income affidavit. This form allows your housing company to calculate your adjusted household income and the amount of a surcharge you may have to pay.
Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program (SCRIE): Senior citizens with yearly incomes below $50,000 who live in Mitchell-Lama, Article XI, or federally-assisted co-ops may be eligible for exemption from all or some increases in rents, carrying charges, capital assessment or voluntary capital contributions.
For questions regarding the City Sponsored Mitchell-Lama Program: (212) 863-6500, or email Mitchell-Lama@hpd.nyc.gov.
For information on the New York State supervised Mitchell-Lama housing program, please see the New York State Homes and Community Renewal FAQs or call (866)463-7753.