New York City Housing Authority

250 Broadway
New York City, New York 10007

New York City Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in New York City, New York that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of September 15th, 2019, New York City Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

New York City Housing Authority serves Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County and Richmond County.

The New York City Department of Housing of Preservation & Development and New York State Homes and Community Renewal also serve New York City separately from the New York City Housing Authority.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
New York City Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open New York City Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

A detailed listing of all apartment communities can be found here.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Homeless in a shelter, homeless on the street, residing in a nursing home, overcrowding, substandard living, mobility impaired, rent burdened, victim of a hate crime, victim of domestic violence, elderly, or disabled.

As of May, 2018, there are 209,000 households on the Public Housing waiting list.

For more information, visit the NYCHA website here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (212) 306-3000.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 12/19/2018.

Other New York City Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: New York City Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in May 2007. There is no notice of when it will reopen.

As of May, 2018, there are 148,000 households on the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list.

For more information, visit the NYCHA About Section 8 page here.

Last Updated on 12/19/2018.

About New York City Housing Authority

More information about New York City Housing Authority can be found on its website at www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/home.html. Representatives of New York City Housing Authority may be available by phone at (212) 306-3000. Unless otherwise noted applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/15/2019, it is not known if New York City Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the New York City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, New York City Housing Authority manages 87,065 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 74,946 335 2,613 1,766 2,867 951
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,065 $1,125 $979 $984 $854 $1,020
Monthly Cost $79,837,194 $376,880 $2,557,356 $1,737,730 $2,448,608 $970,411

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for New York City Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 2% having issued approximately 40,686 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 14 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 94 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $15,942 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 81% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% of households had wages as a major source of income, 8% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 56% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

0% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 41% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 33% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 5% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

38% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 33% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

83% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 32% of all heads of households being Black and 16% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the New York City Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 27% include at least one person with a disability. 28% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 84% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

36% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 27% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by New York City Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $398 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,032. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $60.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Operated by New York City Housing Authority

Pss Grandparent Family Apartments

951 Prospect Ave
New York City, NY
HCV Welcome

Brownsville

275 Blake Ave
New York City, NY

Woodside

5030 Broadway
New York City, NY

Dyckman

3716 10th Ave
New York City, NY

Glenwood

937 E 56th St
New York City, NY