How to Apply

Applicants may elect to submit an application by one of two methods: either online or by mail. To submit an application online, visit NYC Housing Connect. To submit an application by mail, you must follow the directions listed in the advertisement. Completed original paper applications must be returned by regular mail only. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. After the deadline, applications are selected for review through a lottery process.

Watch the video below that explains what applicants can expect to experience during the application process on NYC Housing Connect.



Before applying, please take time to read and review our helpful guides below with more information about getting ready to apply, what to expect, calculating your income, and after you apply.

*Please note: as of 8/20/2019, applicants can provide 12 months of positive rental history instead of receiving a credit check. The materials below will be updated by Fall 2019 to reflect the change.*

Ready, Set, Apply!
Getting ready to apply for affordable housing takes time - and it means more than just filling out paperwork. This guide will help you get organized so you can put together a strong application.
What to Expect
This step-by-step guide explains what to expect when applying for affordable housing in New York City.
Income Guide
Your income is an important part of your affordable housing application. This guide shows you how to calculate your income.
Affordable Housing Eligible Income Levels by Household Size
Use this chart that helps explain the income categories we use to determine eligibility for affordable housing, which vary by household size, so you can see where you and your family fit in. 
After You Apply
If your application is selected, this guide provides checklists and resources to help you prepare for your affordable housing interview.

To hear information in different languages about how to apply, please call: 

  • English: 212-863-5610
  • Spanish: 212-863-5620
  • Cantonese: 212-863-8925
  • Haitian Creole: 212-863-8939
  • Korean: 212-863-8979
  • Mandarin: 212-863-8924
  • Russian: 212-863-8936
  • Arabic: 212-863-8961