New York City Housing Authority

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Applying for Public Housing

NYCHA manages and maintains 345 conventional public housing developments throughout the five boroughs of New York, encompassing 181,000 apartments for over 417,000 low- and moderate-income residents.  Families who live in NYCHA housing pay no more than 30% of their incomes for rent.

If you believe you qualify for public housing, applications can be obtained by visiting or calling NYCHA’s Applications Office in your borough of residence.

It is virtually impossible to establish an average waiting time for a family to be reached on the waiting list for conventional public housing.   Information from eligible applicants is placed in a computerized program which impartially selects applicants according to their borough choice, apartment size required, the applicant’s priority status and the date of the application.

How to Apply for Public Housing
Where to Apply for Public Housing