Housing Assistance Resources
Housing is a basic need to live. helpNYC maintains listings to help you find housing, ensure you can exercise your housing rights, and find help when you cannot pay your rent or mortgage.
Also visit the Financial Assistance section for more programs to help with other housing related expenses.
Eviction Prevention Programs
Everyone gets behind on rent or mortgage payments. These Eviction Programs can help you with arrears and ensure you have every possible chance to stay in your home.
The NYC Rent Freeze Program, which includes the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program and the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program, helps those eligible stay in affordable housing by freezing their rent.
Under this program, a property tax credit covers the difference between the actual rent amount and what you (the tenant) are responsible for paying at the frozen rate.
The longer you are in the program, the greater the benefit. If you enter the program today, continue to renew and meet all eligibility requirements, the current amount you pay for rent today could be the same in 20 years.
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.
Tenant Rights & Advocacy
Unlock NYC helps voucher holders report and end income discrimination when searching for housing with a voucher in New York City.
Reporting income discrimination when using a voucher. Also, the ability to record phone conversations and track paperwork during a housing search.
Please note there is no direct service provided in finding housing. This is a reporting tool only.
Must have a NYC-based voucher or porting a Section 8 Voucher to New York City.
Vouchers eligible for service include but not limited to:
Section 8: Housing Choice, EHV, Veterans, HPD, HRC, NYCHA
Listing ID: 3344316702
The Met Council on Housing Tenant Rights Hotline can give brief answers to your rights as a tenant in New York City and options for dealing with a housing situation. Referrals to agencies, community groups, and tenant lawyers are available.
Please visit the program's website for more information.
Callers must provide their name, phone number, and address.
New York City Resident
Community Based Programs
Housing Connect Lotteries
Section 8 Renewals (No applications)
Eviction Prevention Support (No representation)
Call to schedule an appointment. No walk-ins are accepted. (In-person, Virtual, and Phone appointments are available.
BUS: M14A-SBS to Grand St/Pitt St or M22 to Madison St/Gouverneur St
SUBWAY: F Train to East Broadway