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The City offers several resources for renting or buying affordable apartments or homes. Each program has different eligibility and application requirements and the time between applying and when you may be offered an opportunity to rent or buy housing varies.

Applying for these programs is not a guarantee that you will receive housing or be contacted, even if you qualify for the property for which you applied.

Learn more about New York City affordable housing programs.

Get general information about housing in NYC.

    NYC Housing Connect

    The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) offers rental and purchase opportunities to low- and moderate-income households through lotteries.

    Through NYC Housing Connect, you can learn how to apply for affordable housing, view current and upcoming housing lottery opportunities, and complete an application.

    In order to apply online, you must create or sign in to a NYC Housing Connect account.

    The available housing opportunities provided can be filtered by:

    • Program sponsor's name
    • Borough
    • Application deadline date

    Once signed on, additional information for each housing opportunity is available such as:

    • Address for application
    • Eligible household income range

    Online

    Visit the NYC Housing Connect website to view and apply to housing lotteries.

    By Phone

    Call 311 for assistance.

    NYC Housing Connect Feedback

    You can send feedback or report technical issues with the Housing Connect website by sending an email to nychousingconnect@hpd.nyc.gov

    NYC Housing Development Corporation

    You can also can get information about the State’s NYC Housing Development Corporation-financed developments that are accepting applications for apartments.

    Learn more and apply to Housing Development Corporation financed apartments.

    No Fee
    Applicants to City-subsidized affordable housing are not required to pay a fee to apply. 

    If you are asked to pay a fee, you should report it to:

    • For HPD, call the HPD Office of the Inspector General at (212) 825-3502.
    • For HDC, send an email to HDC compliance at Hdccompliance@nychdc.com 

    If you applied for the Essex Crossing Site 2 Housing Lottery in Manhattan, and you lived in the Seward Park Extension Urban Renewal Area (SPEURA) between 1965 and 1973, you may qualify for the development’s preference for Former Site Tenants (FSTs). You can get additional information by phone. 

    Applicants may have received an email, telephone call, or postal mail request for additional information. 

    Essex Crossing Site 2 Affordable Housing is being built through a program of the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Housing Development Corporation (HDC).

    If you did not live in SPEURA between 1965 and 1973, there is no need for further action.

    Call 311 for assistance.

    SPEURA Locations

    SPEURA is bound by Delancey Street to the North, Grand Street to the South, Essex Street to the West, and Willett Street to the East in Manhattan. 

    These are the range of addresses within the Seward Park Extension Urban Renewal Area, or SPEURA:

    • Attorney Street (29 - 83 Odd numbered buildings only)
    • Attorney Street (24 - 78 Even numbered buildings only)
    • Broome Street (109 - 225 Odd numbered buildings only)
    • Broome Street (116 - 226 Even numbered buildings only)
    • Clinton Street (123 - 167 Odd numbered buildings only)
    • Clinton Street (118 - 162 Even numbered buildings only)
    • Delancey Street (115 - 229 Odd numbered buildings only)
    • Essex Street (56 - 96 Even numbered buildings only)
    • Grand Street (356 - 498 Even numbered buildings only)
    • Norfolk Street (47 - 95 Odd numbered buildings only)
    • Norfolk Street (48 - 96 Even numbered buildings only)
    • Pitt Street (1 - 43 Odd numbered buildings only)
    • Pitt Street (2 - 44 Even numbered buildings only)
    • Suffolk Street (39 - 85 Odd numbered buildings only)
    • Suffolk Street (38 - 92 Even numbered buildings only)
    • Ridge Street (25 - 69 Odd numbered buildings only)
    • Ridge Street (16 - 72 Even numbered buildings only)
    • Willett Street (1 - 45 Odd numbered buildings only)

    The Housing New York Plan is a new 10-year plan to build or preserve 200,000 affordable apartments across all five boroughs of New York City.

    Visit the Housing New York website to learn about the City's affordable housing plan.

    The Housing and Neighborhood Study (HANS) examines the impact of housing and neighborhoods on people's lives in order to help improve affordable housing policies. Researchers from the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) in coordination with Teachers College, Columbia University, are inviting select households to participate in the research study. The results will be used to inform organizations that provide housing assistance, policy makers, and other researchers interested in the outcomes of housing initiatives.

    This project is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

    If you received a letter addressed to you from the HPD research team you may be eligible to participate in the study.

    If you were contacted by the U.S. Census Bureau's Housing and Vacancy Office, go to the Housing Vacancy Survey page for additional information.

    Call 311 for assistance.