Housing Assistance Resourcesin New York City
Everyone gets behind on rent, mortgage, and can struggle time to time. helpNYC maintains a list of organizations and programs that provide New Yorkers with various housing assistance services.
Please check the Financial Assistance section for additional resources.
Through Housing Connect, you can find and apply for affordable rental and homeownership opportunities. To qualify, your household must meet the household income and size requirements for a unit in the affordable development. If you don't think you meet the income and/or size requirements please still register. There are housing types for all income levels and household sizes.
The Mitchell-Lama program provides affordable rental and cooperative housing to moderate- and middle-income families. The program was sponsored by New York State Senator MacNeil Mitchell and Assemblyman Alfred Lama, and was signed into law in 1955. There are both New York City supervised Mitchell-Lama developments and New York State supervised Mitchell-Lama developments.
Eviction Prevention Programs
Homebase is an program of the City of New York’s Human Resources Administration to help people that are in risk of losing their housing. The City of New York has found that it is easier and more cost effective to help people stay in their housing rather then having to enter the shelter system or living on the streets. The Homebase program can help with services to prevent eviction, assistance obtaining public benefits, emergency rental assistance, education and job placement assistance, financial counseling, money management, help relocating, and short-term financial assistance.
Click here to find more information about Homebase.
The Office of Civil Justice (OCJ) has partnered with nonprofit legal services providers across New York City to offer universal phone-based access to free legal advice and counsel for New York City residential renters in need of assistance with legal issues related to their housing.
During the COVID19 pandemic, OCJ legal providers are available Monday through Friday between 9:00a and 5:00p to provide over-the-phone legal assistance to callers with legal questions or issues about tenancy, eviction or landlord-tenant disputes.
OCJ legal services are free and you do not have to be an existing HRA client to apply. Legal services are available regardless of immigration status.
For more information, please call 311 for the City’s Tenant Helpline or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you homeless, facing depossession, eviction, utility disconnect, victim of a fire, domestic violence, or other hardship you may be eligible for the Short Term Emergency Grant and Loan program called "The One Shot Deal" from the City of New York.
Click here for more information about The One Shot Deal.
If you are facing eviction or entertaining the shelter system the City of New York's Human Resources Administration has several programs that can help you with your housing issues.
Click here to find more information about Rental Assistance Programs.