Release date: 11/1/2018
Submission deadline: 3/14/2019
Designation date: 10/8/2019


HPD announced the selection of three shared housing proposals though ShareNYC. The selected proposals were submitted by Ascendant Neighborhood Development and Ali Forney Center, L+M Development Partners and Common, and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation and PadSplit. ShareNYC will allow HPD to expand its ability to develop and preserve high-quality, affordable housing using various models. 

Shared housing refers to housing units consisting of two or more independently occupied rooms that share a kitchen and/or bathroom. This housing type can encompass a wide range of configurations, and usually includes additional building-wide common spaces. All proposals include detailed management and operations plans, including cleaning services, conflict resolution to address resident concerns, and, in certain cases, programming opportunities for residents.

HPD selected a range of proposals to explore how the shared housing model can work across a variety of building types found across New York City, such as existing one-to-four family buildings and large or small-scale new construction projects. The selected proposals will serve diverse populations across the city, including current shared housing residents, populations that may benefit from shared spaces that are coupled with supportive services, and small households earning a range of incomes.

Ascendant Neighborhood Development and Ali Forney Center

Images courtesy of Think! Architects


This proposal includes a plan for the construction of a new 10-story shared housing development that will create 36 housing opportunities in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. The building will include a mix of four duplex shared units and one simplex shared unit. All housing will be affordable to low-income households and are anticipated to be filled with referrals from the shelter system. The building will be fully furnished, and rent will include all utilities. The units are designed to encourage a sense of community and create a home-like environment. Residents will also have access to onsite social services including the Ali Forney Center Life Skills Programming and Life Coaching Retreats. The project will include a variant refrigerant flow heating and cooling system, a green roof, and a rear yard with native plantings that will be open for resident use.

L+M Development Partners and Common

Images courtesy of Common


This proposal includes a plan for the creation of 253 new housing opportunities within 56 shared housing units located in two eight-story buildings and 56 shared housing units. Each building wing features a different shared housing typology in order to provide options for tenants who may prefer different housing arrangements. The units in one building are designed around a large central community room with a large kitchen, living room, and recreation area. The units in the other building wing offer a more intimate shared housing scale with a mix of private and shared bathrooms. This development is expected to serve a wide variety of incomes from very low-income to moderate-income households. A third of the larger development will be market-rate. The project will have a resilient, back-up power system that consists of a cogeneration unit, solar panels, and energy storage, dependent upon available funding incentives and financial feasibility. L+M will lead the development of the project on behalf of a joint venture with LIHC Investment Group.

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation and PadSplit

Images courtesy of Heitler Houstoun Architects


This proposal details a plan to rehabilitate an existing legal single-room occupancy building in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. After rehabilitation, the project will include 11 housing opportunities in a two-story building. All units will be affordable to extremely low- to low-income households. Rents will include all utilities and furniture. The project seeks to retain all existing tenants. Improvements will redesign the building’s layout to include thoughtful space planning, spacious common areas, and rear yard enhancements to maximize resident recreational space. The exterior of the building will be preserved to maintain the character of the neighborhood. However, windows will be replaced to improve thermal performance. PadSplit will oversee property management and provide conflict resolution assistance.


Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Housing New York 2.0 plan (HNY 2.0) in 2017, which builds on the success of the original Housing New York (HNY) plan and furthers the City of New York’s bold commitment to increase the supply of affordable housing. HNY 2.0 sets a target of generating 300,000 affordable homes by 2026. The multi-faceted plan proposes a variety of tools – financing, regulatory, and design – to increase and accelerate the production of affordable housing. Recognizing the city’s changing demographics, the plan seeks not only to produce more housing, but to promote a broader range of housing typologies that respond to the diverse needs and preferences of New York City households. HPD invited interested parties to submit information about shared housing to this Request for Information (RFI) and invited developers to submit proposals for new housing typologies to this Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI).


The City is interested in learning from parties that have specific experience, knowledge, or insight into the development, operations, benefits, or challenges of shared housing. To enhance the City’s knowledge of shared housing and new unit typologies, HPD welcomed responses to the RFI from all interested entities. 


In addition to seeking input on shared housing from a range of stakeholders, the City invited expressions of interest to develop substantially affordable housing projects that include shared housing units on privately owned land. The City’s goals include the use of innovative design and management of new unit typologies that leverage construction cost savings and/or greater rental income to create a wider array of quality housing at every income tier in a range of neighborhoods. Selection through this RFEI indicates HPD’s willingness to work with successful respondents in an iterative process to provide financing or other assistance and to expedite the pre-development process.


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