Affordable Housing In New York City
New York

Waiting List Openings In New York City

Referral Only New York City, New York Housing Choice Voucher

How to Apply for the Waiting List.

2,484 Low Income Apartment Communities In New York City


131 Moore St
New York City, New York

Vicinitas Hall

507 E 176th St
New York City, New York

Sister Strength Housing

30 3rd Ave
New York City, New York

Melrose Villa Hermosa

825 Melrose Ave
New York City, New York
Elderly Supportive Housing

W 117th St

303 W 117th St
New York City, New York

Rockaway Avenue Project

171 Rockaway Ave
New York City, New York

W 119 St Cluster ( 69 W 118 )

69 W 118th St
New York City, New York

Trinity Ave Cluster ( 1017 Trinity )

1017 Trinity Ave
New York City, New York

Gardner Plaza

12420 Jamaica Ave
New York City, New York

80 Dekalb Avenue

80 Dekalb Ave
New York City, New York

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in New York City, New York

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving New York City, New York

Housing Authority Programs
New York City Deptartment of Housing Preservation and Development Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Family Self-Sufficiency; Homeownership
New York City Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Mainstream Voucher

Guide To Affordable Housing in New York City, New York

There are 2,484 low income housing apartment communities offering 387,668 affordable apartments for rent in New York City, New York.

Income Based Apartments in New York City, New York

New York City features 257,632 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in New York City, New York

There are 129,493 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in New York City.

Housing Choice Vouchers in New York City, New York

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay New York City landlords $1,100 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in New York City.

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

New York City, NY Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 2,484
Total Low Income Apartments 387,668
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 257,632
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 68.16%
Average Renter Household Size 2.55
Average Household Size 2.65
Median Household Income $53,373 ±$269
Median Rent $1,255 ±$4
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.36% ± 0.28pp
Total Population 8,426,743

Population and Household Demographics

New York City is a city in New York with a population of 8,426,743. There are 3,113,535 households in the city with an average household size of 2.65 persons. 68.16% of households in New York City are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in New York City

The median gross income for households in New York City is $53,373 a year, or $4,448 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,255 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In New York City, a household making less than $4,183 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.36% of households who rent are overburdened in New York City.

Area Median Income In New York City

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

In New York City, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $0

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in New York City

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.