Rental Housing In New York

New York Rental Overview

The population of New York, according to the 2010 Census, is 19,378,102. The total number of households in the state is 7,317,755. The average household size for New York is 2.42. The total number of renter households in the state is 3,419,918 which means that 46.73% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, New York is ranked 2nd in percentage of renters. District Of Columbia is ranked first with 57.99% and West Virginia ranks last with only 26.55%.

According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the median rent paid among all renter households and housing types and sizes in New York is $1,076 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, New York ranks 7th for the highest median rent. Hawaii ranks first at $1,353 and West Virginia ranks last at $606. Though rents are set more locally, statewide median rents provide a basic outlook of housing costs for each state.

The number of vacant rental units in New York is 162,309 representing a vacancy rate of 4.5%. Among all U.S. states, New York ranks 1st for the lowest vacancy rates. As lower vacancy rates are an indication of a healthier rental housing portfolio, New York’s rental housing portfolio is performing well above the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 1,055 105,066
Section 202 500 31,584
Section 811 141 1,686
Section 515 395 11,741
RDRA 223 5,039
LIHTC 2,342 107,016
Senior 1,138 58,658
Public Housing 144 13,210
Section 8 Voucher 180 243,362
Total 3,912 277,164
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

‡This program is not project based, instead Housing Authorities provide vouchers to individual renters. In the state of New York there are 180 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in New York is 70.80. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is New York City at 157,760 units and the smallest is Essex at 2 unit(s). 1,138 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 58,658 units. Of the 277,164 units, 37,677 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Affordable Housing by Counties in New York ranked by federally assisted units

There are 59 counties or county equivalents in New York. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Queens County at 2,230,722 and the smallest is Hamilton County at 4,836. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is New York County at 77.23% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Putnam County at 18.13%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in New York ranges from a low of 22.5 units per 1,000 renter households in Queens County to a high of 932.4 units per 1,000 renter households in Albany County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in New York is 137.6 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in New York. All major affordable housing programs are provided on a county by county basis. Click on the name of the county to see a more in depth summary of affordable housing in that county.

CountyTotal Units
New York County 157,760
Erie County 13,068
Monroe County 12,555
Westchester County 11,339
Queens County 9,505
Onondaga County 8,006
Suffolk County 6,623
Orange County 4,425
Nassau County 4,201
Albany County 4,051
Rockland County 3,412
Niagara County 3,387
Dutchess County 2,840
Jefferson County 2,163
Oneida County 2,055
Chautauqua County 1,628
Ontario County 1,603
Saratoga County 1,576
Ulster County 1,547
Wayne County 1,408
Broome County 1,395
Steuben County 1,387
Sullivan County 1,313
Rensselaer County 1,312
Oswego County 1,293
Chemung County 1,231
Schenectady County 1,070
Cayuga County 910
St Lawrence County 866
Cattaraugus County 766
Franklin County 736
Tompkins County 727
Livingston County 720
Herkimer County 702
Columbia County 664
Madison County 609
Chenango County 586
Genesee County 574
Putnam County 564
Yates County 519
Greene County 505
Warren County 498
Clinton County 492
Delaware County 461
Cortland County 432
Orleans County 416
Washington County 405
Seneca County 391
Wyoming County 371
Montgomery County 353
Allegany County 347
Essex County 344
Tioga County 318
Lewis County 265
Schuyler County 192
Otsego County 186
Fulton County 151
Schoharie County 100
Hamilton County 32

Affordable Housing by City in New York ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 602 cities in New York that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 19,378,102, Loch Sheldrake has the largest population of these cities. There are 1 Federally assisted housing communities in Loch Sheldrake which are home to about 60 families, most of which are lower income families.

The table below provides a summary of all Federally assisted housing communities by city in New York. All the major affordable housing funding program breakdowns are provided. Click on the city name to get a full affordable rental housing report for each city in New York.

CityTotal Units
New York City 157,760
Rochester 8,885
Buffalo 7,230
Syracuse 5,226
Yonkers 4,242
Far Rockaway 3,126
Albany 2,915
Poughkeepsie 1,822
Hempstead 1,757
Mount Vernon 1,694
Niagara Falls 1,519
Amherst 1,507
Newburgh 1,234
New Rochelle 1,220
Jamaica 1,214
Utica 1,161
Arverne 1,140
Astoria 1,088
Middletown 1,084
Watertown 1,001
Binghamton 987
White Plains 973
Spring Valley 932
Elmira 914
Corona 913
Greece 838
Jamestown 829
Troy 805
Lockport 801
East Patchogue 755
Kingston 707
Auburn 696
Riverhead 695
Flushing 678
Baldwinsville 630
Fairport 625
Webster 620
Schenectady 602
Coram 584
Cheektowaga 514
Hamburg 508
Peekskill 493
Canandaigua 492
Potsdam 462
Hudson 462
Beacon 461
Tarrytown 461
Suffern 453
Monticello 439
Greenlawn 427
Brentwood 411
Clifton Park 410
Malone 399
Oswego 398
North Tonawanda 392
Ithaca 389
Corning 385
Geneva 384
Ballston Spa 384
Fulton 376
Rockaway Park 375
Lake Ronkonkoma 357
Batavia 356
Nyack 353
Bath 353
Williamsville 352
Kenmore 351
Central Islip 345
Rockville Centre 340
Rensselaer 340
Watervliet 336
Sparkill 333
Queensbury 330
Long Island City 329
Brockport 319
Elmsford 316
Palmyra 306
Fredonia 304
Tonawanda 303
Liverpool 303
Rome 301
Smithtown 299
Bayside 299
Norwich 292
Schenetady 292
Huntington Station 291
West Haverstraw 280
Penn Yan 280
Nanuet 273
Port Jervis 270
Saugerties 268
Getzville 265
Cortland 264
Selden 264
Medford 263
Lancaster 261
Brookhaven 256
Painted Post 250
Geneseo 250
Farmington 248
Ossining 242
Cohoes 242
Clifton Springs 242
Lewiston 241
Dundee 239
Blasdell 239
Patchogue 239
Warwick 234
North Syracuse 230
Yorktown Heights 229
Clarence 229
Olean 227
Port Chester 220
Cornwall 214
Amsterdam 214
Carmel 213
Goshen 210
Liberty 209
North Chili 208
Henrietta 206
Ilion 200
Livingston Manor 200
Hornell 198
Freeport 197
Washingtonville 196
Clayton 196
Cicero 194
Saratoga 192
Valley Stream 192
Haverstraw 187
New Paltz 187
Seneca Falls 184
East Hampton 184
Macedon 184
Albion 183
Wappingers Falls 182
Elmira Heights 181
Saratoga Springs 181
Guilderland 180
Irondequoit 174
Medina 174
Roslyn Heights 170
Farmingdale 170
Deer Park 168
North Tarrytown 164
Wheatfield 163
Lowville 162
West Henrietta 161
Williamson 161
Wellsville 160
Gouverneur 160
Phoenix 159
Plattsburgh 155
Pine Bush 154
Bay Shore 150
Inwood 150
Walden 149
West Seneca 149
Port Washington 147
Lake Placid 147
Caramel 145
Canastota 145
Chittenango 142
Hampton Bays 141
Carthage 140
Clinton 140
Airmont 140
Pulaski 139
Glens Falls 136
Brewster 136
Tuckahoe 134
Akron 134
Baldwin 132
Ontario 132
Long Beach 130
Mount Kisco 130
Central Square 130
Lackawanna 130
Victor 129
Johnstown 127
Herkimer 126
East Meadow 126
Wolcott 125
Maybrook 125
Orchard Park 125
East Northport 125
Evans Mills 124
South Fallsburg 123
Monroe 121
Jordan 120
Manlius Town 120
Whitesboro 120
Uniondale 119
Eastchester 118
Springville 117
Cairo 116
Ellenville 116
Warsaw 116
New City 116
Glen Cove 115
Port Jefferson Station 115
Kings Park 115
Philadelphia 112
Arcade 112
Montgomery 111
Waverly 111
Owego 110
Johnson City 110
East Syracuse 108
Depew 107
Oneida 106
Waterloo 105
Brewerton 104
Calcium 104
Altamont 104
Coxsackie 104
Endwell 104
Dansville 103
Cortlandt Manor 103
Penfield 102
Grand Island 102
Great Neck 102
Mechanicville 101
No Syracuse 101
Sherburne 101
South Glens Falls 101
Tuxedo 100
West Coxsackie 100
Brasher Falls 100
Rye 100
Melville 99
Dunkirk 97
Sidney 97
Briarcliff Manor 97
Scotia 96
Eden 96
Honeoye Falls 96
Perry 95
Saranac Lake 95
Camillus 95
Clyde 92
Newark 92
Mamaroneck 91
Avon 91
Oneonta 90
Stony Point 90
Groton 88
Trumansburg 84
Frankfort 84
Leroy 84
Adams 83
Little Falls 83
Staatsburg 82
Fishkill 82
Deposit 82
Amityville 81
Hudson Falls 81
Delevan 80
Lysander 80
Shrub Oak 80
Watkins Glen 80
Montour Falls 80
Briarwood 80
Marion 80
Fort Edward 80
Palatine Bridge 79
Queens 77
Hamlin 76
Pawling 76
Ravena 76
Marcellus 76
Alexandria Bay 76
Tupper Lake 76
Greenwich 76
New Square 75
Rhinebeck 75
Rouses Point 74
Westbury 73
Walton 72
Franklinville 72
Morrisville 72
Wilson 72
Nunda 72
Chester 72
Caledonia 72
East Aurora 72
Angola 72
Hamilton 72
Bethel 72
Lyons 70
Kirkville 69
Gowanda 68
Scottsville 68
Chatham 68
North Hempstead 66
Marlboro 66
Endicott 66
Philmont 64
Horseheads 64
Boonville 64
Randolph 64
Skaneateles 64
Cold Spring 64
Walworth 62
Rotterdam 60
Peru 60
Glenville 60
Cortlandville 60
Loch Sheldrake 60
Wayland 60
Granville 59
Newport 58
Camden 58
Oceanside 58
Woodridge 57
Black River 57
Salamanca 56
West Winfield 56
Waterville 56
Greene 56
Interlaken 56
Niskayuna 56
Harford 56
Weedsport 56
Hunter 56
Jamesville 55
Dexter 54
Mayville 54
Sodus 54
Catskill 53
Athens 52
Manhasset 52
Lakeville 52
Hurleyville 52
Delhi 52
Stamford 52
Highland 51
North Amityville 51
Bellerose 51
Highland Falls 51
Fayetteville 50
Canton 50
Monsey 50
Solvay 50
Islip 50
Keeseville 50
Wynantskill 50
Dryden 50
Slingerlands 49
Wurtsboro 49
Rooseveltown 48
Morrisonville 48
Allegany 48
North Collins 48
Sanborn 48
Cuba 48
Newfane 48
Cape Vincent 48
Spencer 48
Sackets Harbor 48
Norfolk 48
Cambridge 48
Big Flats 48
Arkport 48
Frewsburg 48
Addison 48
Portville 48
Little Valley 48
Rushville 48
Tully 47
Ovid 46
North Bangor 46
New Hartford 45
Dolgeville 44
Belmont 43
Corinth 42
Burke 42
Cazenovia 42
Brocton 42
Waterford 41
Whitehall 41
Castleton On Hudson 41
Ellicottville 40
Oxford 40
Schroon 40
Hilton 40
Ticonderoga 40
Harriman 40
Lansing 40
Rosendale 40
Vernon 40
Sherrill 40
Moravia 40
Star Lake 40
Lakewood 39
Gates 39
Van Buren 39
Minetto 39
E Syracuse 39
De Witt Town 39
Fort Covington 38
Port Byron 38
Germantown 38
Norwood 36
Derby 36
Wilton 36
La Fayette 36
Cobleskill 36
Millbrook 36
West Sand Lake 36
Sinclairville 35
Falconer 35
Clay 34
Churchville 33
Farmingville 33
Mattydale 33
Red Creek 32
Waddington 32
Halfmoon 32
Mexico 32
Lima 32
Minoa 32
Ballston Lake 32
Indian Lake 32
Westfield 32
Bloomingburg 32
Oakfield 32
Union Springs 32
Valatie 32
Kirkwood 32
New Berlin 32
Odessa 32
Manlius 32
Pleasantville 31
Alden 30
Ronkonkoma 30
Youngstown 30
Silver Creek 30
Bainbridge 30
Arkville 30
Bloomingdale 30
Hancock 28
Newfield 28
Milford 28
Floral Park 27
Brownville 27
Middleport 25
Kent 25
Old Forge 25
Port Henry 25
N. Tonawanda 24
Sterling 24
Bergen 24
Homer 24
Hoosick Falls 24
La Fargeville 24
Harpursville 24
Attica 24
Castorland 24
Holley 24
Edwards 24
Livonia 24
Roxbury 24
Richford 24
Bloomfield 24
Castile 24
Canisteo 24
Mount Hope 24
Mt Morris 24
Fonda 24
Champlain 24
Schroon Lake 24
Barker 24
Ripley 24
Schuylerville 24
Sherman 24
Schoharie 24
Bolivar 24
Windsor 24
Cattaraugus 24
Wallkill 24
Silver Springs 24
Deruyter 24
Gloversville 24
Heuvelton 24
Sharon Springs 24
Wilmington 24
Richfield Springs 24
Belfast 24
Au Sable Forks 24
Feura Bush 24
Afton 24
Cato 24
Van Etten 24
Phoenicia 24
Holland 24
Tivoli 24
Slaterville Springs 24
Mt Hope 24
Antwerp 24
Alfred 24
Corfu 24
Vestal 24
Freeville 24
North Creek 24
Grand Gorge 24
Unadilla 24
Whitney Point 24
E Aurora 24
Friendship 24
Woodstock 24
Chaumont 22
Irvington 22
Brighton 21
South Dayton 21
Hammondsport 21
Mohawk 20
Malone Town 20
Edmeston 20
Sandy Creek 20
W. Henrietta 20
Parishville 20
Kingsbury 20
Croghan 20
Shortsville 20
Harrisville 20
Ogdensburg 20
Boston 19
Olivebridge 19
Bemus Point 19
E. Williamson 18
Lyon Mountain 18
Clarkson 18
Candor 18
Newark Valley 18
Remsen 16
Greenport 16
Richmondville 16
Clymer 16
Naples 16
Hermon 16
Nassau 16
Greenville 16
Copenhagen 15
Rocky Point 15
Blossvale 14
West Chazy 14
Dekalb Jct 14
Port Ewen 13
Green Island 13
Nichols 13
Wantagh 13
Pound Ridge 12
Elizabethtown 12
Colton 12
Orange 12
Port Leyden 12
Tannersville 12
Lisbon 12
Port Jeff Sta 12
Lyons Falls 12
Shirley 12
Morristown 12
Hammond 12
Tinton Falls 12
Bellport 12
Windham 12
Smyrna 11
Saranac 11
Moira 10
Saint Regis Falls 10
Lake View 10
Ellenburg 10
Orangeburg 10
Canajoharie 10
Thornwood 10
South Huntington 9
Bethpage 9
East Bethany 8
Chestertown 8
Russell 8
Madrid 8
Lumberland 8
Lake Katrine 8
Congers 8
Oakdale 7
Levittown 7
Hinsdale 6
Illion 6
Dix Hills 6
Patterson 6
Eaton 6
Spencerport 6
Oakland Gardens 6
Harrison 6
Bayshore 6
Forestburgh 6
Delaware 6
Garnerville 5
Cincinnatus 4
West Plattsburgh 4
Essex 2

Housing Authorities in New York ranked by assisted units and vouchers

Housing authorities are governmental (or quasi-governmental) entities that manage various Federal housing assistance programs on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These programs include Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and other programs.

There are 180 housing authorities in New York. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 180 housing authorities, 30.6% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in New York by total housing assistance units managed is New York City Housing Authority with 295,174 public housing units under management (196,267 public housing units and 98,907 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in New York and includes each housing authorities public housing and Section 8 voucher count. Click on the housing authority name to get more details on the housing authority.

NamePublic Housing UnitsSection 8 Vouchers
New York City Housing Authority 196,267 98,907
NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation - 42,656
Nyc Dept of Housing Preservation And Dev - 34,318
Rochester Housing Authority 2,514 8,222
Syracuse Housing Authority 2,313 3,846
Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority - 5,157
The Municipal Hsng Authority for the City of Yonkers 2,067 3,011
Town of Amherst - 5,040
Albany Housing Authority 1,845 2,752
Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority 4,155 400
Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority 1,010 1,387
Troy Housing Authority 1,249 925
Binghamton Housing Authority 639 821
Town of Islip Housing Authority 360 1,036
Town of Hempstead Housing Authority 1,309 -
City of Utica - 1,285
Ithaca Housing Authority 335 923
New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority - 1,127
Utica Housing Authority 871 175
Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority - 972
Rome Housing Authority 333 632
Town of Oyster Bay Housing Authority 911 50
Glens Falls Housing Authority 225 707
Town of Babylon - 881
Town of Ramapo Housing Authority 200 642
Niagara Falls Housing Authority 836 -
City of Niagara Falls - 820
Village of Spring Valley HA - 815
Town of Brookhaven HCDIA - 797
Plattsburgh Housing Authority 604 191
City of Poughkeepsie - 765
Housing Authority of Long Beach 374 389
Village of Hempstead HA 281 475
New Rochelle Housing Authority 543 201
City of Peekskill - 726
White Plains Housing Authority 712 -
Cortland Housing Authority 379 306
Village of Manlius - 684
Village of New Square PHA - 670
Town of Huntington Housing Authority 80 573
Monticello Housing Authority 98 554
Amsterdam Housing Authority 261 387
Town of Mamaroneck HA - 647
Watertown Housing Authority 642 -
Cohoes Housing Authority 308 327
City of North Tonawanda - 623
The City of Beacon Housing Authority 244 324
Housing Authority of Newburgh 135 431
Freeport Housing Authority 352 211
Gloversville Housing Authority 293 251
Lockport Housing Authority 352 188
Newark Housing Authority 160 377
Watervliet Housing Authority 307 215
Town of Union Community Development - 522
Kingston Housing Authority 162 359
Jamestown Housing Authority 246 268
Poughkeepsie Housing Authority 359 147
Village of Fairport - 497
Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority 490 -
City of Oswego, Office of Community Dev. - 489
Elmira Housing Authority 478 -
City of Fulton - 440
Ogdensburg Housing Authority 386 50
Town of Colonie - 434
Saratoga Springs Housing Authority 339 90
Town of Hempstead Dept. of Urban Renewal - 423
Greenburgh Housing Authority 115 303
North Hempstead Housing Authority 188 225
Village of Walton - 409
City of White Plains Comm Dev Prog - 400
Village of Kiryas Joel HA 60 322
Village of New Hartford - 374
Glen Cove CDA - 340
Mechanicville Housing Authority 160 180
Port Chester Housing Authority 337 -
Port Jervis CDA - 327
Town of Southampton - 321
NYS Housing Finance Agency - 316
Olean Housing Authority 306 -
Norwich Housing Authority 102 203
Village of Rockville Centre - 303
Hornell Housing Authority 158 134
North Fork Hsg Alliance Inc - 285
Peekskill Housing Authority 282 -
Auburn Housing Authority 50 229
Geneva Housing Authority 247 30
Ilion Housing Authority 158 112
Hudson Housing Authority 132 131
Village of Cobleskill - 263
Town of Eastchester - 255
Village of Ossining Section 8 Program - 254
Village of North Syracuse Housing Authority - 252
Harrietstown Housing Authority 113 135
Glen Cove Public Housing Authority 247 -
Town of Rotterdam - 245
Rensselaer Housing Authority 146 98
Oneida Housing Authority 138 106
Fort Plain Housing Agency - 242
Massena Housing Authority 241 -
Hoosick Housing Authority 25 215
Village of Nyack HA - 236
Dunkirk Housing Authority 233 -
Herkimer Housing Authority 175 52
Ellenville Housing Authority 64 144
Batavia Housing Authority 197 -
Riverhead Housing Development Corproration - 196
Kenmore Municipal Housing Authority 194 -
Oneonta Housing Authority 112 80
Town of East Hampton - 189
Town of Saugerties P H A - 180
Tuckahoe HA, Village of - 175
Malone Housing Authority 175 -
City of Salamanca - 174
Village of Patchogue CDA - 173
Canton Housing Authority 162 -
Village of Ballston Spa - 159
Town of Yorktown - 152
Tarrytown Municipal Housing Authority 151 -
Tuckahoe Housing Authority 149 -
Village of Spring Valley Housing Authority 146 -
Little Falls Housing Authority - 142
Canastota Housing Authority - 135
Town of Stillwater - 135
City of Johnstown - 132
Town of Poughkeepsie Sect 8 Hsg - 112
Town of Smithtown - 111
Town of Guilderland - 110
Village of Mount Kisco - 109
Village of Scotia - 106
St. Johnsville Housing Authority 42 60
Wilna Housing Authority 100 -
Village of Kaser - 92
Village of Corinth - 91
Tupper Lake Housing Authority 90 -
Village of Greenport Housing Authority - 87
North Tarrytown Housing Authority 86 -
Village of Highland Falls - 84
Town of Coeymans - 81
Catskill Housing Authority 80 -
Mount Kisco Housing Authority 76 -
Village of Great Neck Housing Authority 75 -
Mercy Haven Inc. - 75
Options for Community Living - 75
Transitional Services of Ny for Long Island, - 75
Port Jervis Housing Authority 75 -
Whitehall Housing Authority - 73
Village of Canajoharie - 60
Town of Glenville - 60
Village of Elmira Heights - 59
Town of Clifton Park - 59
Town of Bethlehem - 59
Village of Waterford - 55
Family And Children's Association - 50
West Carthage Housing Authority 50 -
Rockville Centre HA 50 -
Lake Placid Village, Inc. - 48
Town of Niskayuna - 46
Village of Green Island - 46
Town of Waterford - 45
Town of Schodack - 43
Town of Jay - 42
Village of Island Park HA - 40
Woodridge Housing Authority 40 -
Village of Horseheads - 35
Town of Hadley - 33
Town of Wilton - 31
Town of Nassau - 31
Boonville Housing Authority - 30
Town of Corinth - 28
Southern Tier Environments for Living - 25
Village of Sea Cliff - 20
Village of Farmingdale HA - 20
Dolgeville Housing Authority - 20
Town of Knox - 20
Town of Duanesburg - 15
Village of Pelham HA - -
Village of Port Chester - -
Kingston CDA - -
NYS Housing Finance Agency Starrett City - -
Village of Mamaroneck HA - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, New York has a total of 3,912 rental properties that receive at least one form of Federal housing assistance and are at least partially reserved for low income persons. These properties contain an estimated 277,164 rental housing units. (Note: Some of the Federal source data we use does not include total unit count for a property -- most notably the LIHTC database -- so the number of units listed here may be less than the actual.)

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program is the largest assistance program by unit count. The program assists 107,016 in New York. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in New York.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view