Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Affordable Housing

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How can I find an affordable apartment?

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) offers Affordable Housing Opportunities throughout the city.

The NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) also offers links to Affordable Housing around the city and state.

I have fallen behind on my rent. How can I get help?

You may want to try the following groups/programs:

Where can I get information about affordable housing for seniors?

If you live in a rent regulated apartment, or you live in a subsidized rental or co-op such as a Mitchell-Lama building, you can apply for the NYC Rent Freeze Program for Seniors (SCRIE). SCRIE exempts senior citizens who have a household income under $50,000 and pay over 1/3 of their income for rent, from all or part of future rent increases.

For more information about the program, view the HCR Fact Sheet #21 on the Special Rights of Seniors or visit NYC Freeze Your Rent.

HPD can also help you get information about other affordable housing programs and cooperative apartment waiting lists. For a list of other benefit programs for senior citizens, visit the Attorney General's Housing Guide for Seniors.

What are the income limits for "affordable" housing programs?

Affordable housing programs have a variety of income limits. When apartments are made available through a lottery, specific income levels are indicated.

Are 20% of new luxury buildings set aside for middle income tenants. How can I find "80/20" housing in NYC?

Under the "80/20" program, 20% of the units in certain newly constructed buildings are set aside for low- and moderate-income households. The rest (the 80%) of the units are rented at market rates. Developers of new housing are not required to participate in this program, but if a developer does, s/he receives low interest bond financing,

A current list of open waiting lists is maintained by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Housing Development Corporation (HDC).

How can I get help in buying affordable housing?

There are many resources that you can look into to find and purchase affordable housing. Start by contacting the following organizations: