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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) and Housing Development Corporation (HDC) offer 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:

    • Project 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


    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

    NYC Housing Development Corporation

    You can also can get information about 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 

    The Housing New York Plan is a 12 year plan to build or preserve 300,000 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.