New York City Housing Authority

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There are two waiting lists open now offered by New York City Housing Authority.

New York City Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Waiting ListStatus
Referral Only New York City, New York Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
New York City Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
New York City, New York Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Closed

New York City Housing Authority offers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) and Mainstream Voucher programs in Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County and Richmond County.

Go to the New York Section 8 Waiting Lists page or the New York Public Housing Waiting Lists page for more nearby housing applications.

Open Now: Referral Only New York City, New York Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open for referrals only. Referrals are being accepted from June 8, 2020, until June 8, 2030.

Please note: This waiting list is closed to the general public. According to NYCHA, it is only "accepting referrals from the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)...for Family Unification Program (FUP) Youth whose current assistance is expiring as a result of the 36-month time limit on their voucher without subsequent adequate housing. FUP Youth participants are eligible for regular HCV assistance if: (1) their FUP Youth Section 8 assistance is expiring within the next six months; (2) as a result of the expiration of the FUP Youth section 8 assistance, the FUP Youth participant is at-risk for homelessness; and (3) they meet all eligibility requirements as described in NYCHA’s Administrative Plan. ACS can refer a FUP Youth directly to NYCHA by submitting the required documentation. accepting referrals from the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) for its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waitlist (also known as Section 8) for Family Unification Program (FUP) Youth whose current assistance is expiring as a result of the 36-month time limit on their voucher without subsequent adequate housing. FUP Youth participants are eligible for regular HCV assistance if: (1) their FUP Youth Section 8 assistance is expiring within the next six months; (2) as a result of the expiration of the FUP Youth section 8 assistance, the FUP Youth participant is at-risk for homelessness; and (3) they meet all eligibility requirements as described in NYCHA’s Administrative Plan. ACS can refer a FUP Youth directly to NYCHA by submitting the required documentation."

To apply during the opening period, applicants must be referred by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).

There are preferences, and they are listed on the application.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the NYCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the NYCHA public notice, as of August 17, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, New York.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via rarequests@nycha.nyc.gov.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 09/27/2022.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least December, 2018, until further notice.

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

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application available 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.

For more information, visit the NYCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by NYCHA, as of August 14, 2020.

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 05/17/2021.

Closed: New York City, New York Section 8 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, or the NYCHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, New York.

Last Updated on 05/21/2021.

About New York City Housing Authority

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

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, New York City Housing Authority manages 89,104 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 73,827 389 4,664 1,467 3,090 936
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,153 $1,323 $1,428 $1,094 $909 $1,067
Monthly Cost $85,086,089 $514,525 $6,661,375 $1,605,301 $2,808,631 $998,700
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.