Ready to Rent helps New Yorkers prepare to apply for affordable housing by providing free one-on-one financial counseling and assistance with affordable housing applications. 

If you are searching for an affordable apartment through the NYC housing lottery, preparing early is important. Credit history matters. Submit a stronger housing application. Contact our professionals today! 

FREE Financial Counseling

Meet one-on one with a professional financial counselor who can help you check your credit, calculate your income for housing applications, and save for moving expenses.

One-on-one financial counseling sessions are available on designated days at our Housing Ambassador locations listed below. Call 718-690-9873 to schedule a session.


We Stay/Nos Quedamos
754 Melrose Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451
Mondays from 9:00am-5:00pm


Los Sures (Southside United HDFC)
434 South 5th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
145 South 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tuesdays from 9:00am-5:00pm


Acacia Network - East Harlem Council for Community Improvement (EHCCI)
413 East 120th Street, New York, NY 10035
Wednesdays from 9:00am-5:00pm


Legal Hand Jamaica
149-13 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432
Thursdays from 10:00am-5:00pm

FREE Application Assistance

Meet with a Housing Ambassador who can help you use Housing Connect to apply for housing lotteries, gather information in case your number comes up, and get ready to show that you qualify.

To make an appointment, contact a Housing Ambassador directly.

Ready to Rent is funded by City Council and is a collaborative effort between the Departments of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and Consumer Affairs’ Office of Financial Empowerment (DCA OFE), with special programming by Ariva.