As the City Council continues to debate Mayor de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program, there are still scant options for affordable housing in the city. However, even though future plans for creating below-market rate apartments may be up in the air, there are still a few opportunities for those currently looking to apply for a reasonably-priced apartment.
Here are all of the current open applications on NYC Housing Connect. All of the listings use the same application form that you'll only have to complete one time.
1. North Brooklyn Opportunities, LP (North Brooklyn) DEADLINE: March 8
2. The Residences at PS 186 (Hamilton Heights) DEADLINE: April 8
3. 149 Kent Apartments (Williamsburg) DEADLINE: April 11
4. EOS 855 Avenue Of The Americas (Midtown South) DEADLINE: April 11
5. 250 Ashland Place (Fort Greene) DEADLINE: April 11
6. West 153 Owner LLC (Central Harlem) DEADLINE: April 12
7. Enclave at the Cathedral (Morningside Heights) DEADLINE: April 12
8. Van Cortlandt Green (Riverdale, The Bronx) DEADLINE: February 29 [Not on Housing Connect]
If you can set aside some extra time to file individual applications, here are some more affordable housing opportunities across the city that are currently accepting applications, most of them on an ongoing basis. These apartments are all located in HDC-financed developments.
1. Related Management Inquiry List (Various Neighborhoods)
2. Cook Street Housing LLC (East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
3. 3880 Orloff Avenue (Riverdale, The Bronx)
4. Hunter's Point South Living (Long Island City, Queens)
5. 454 Manhattan Avenue (Harlem, Manhattan)
6. 200 Schermerhorn Street (Boerum Hill, Brooklyn)
7. 221-229 Parkville Avenue (Kensington, Brooklyn)
8. 15 Dunham Place (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
9. 482 Franklin Avenue (Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn)
10. 704-706 Brook Avenue (Melrose, The Bronx)
11. 40 Prospect Street (Staten Island)
12. 2323-2333 Creston Avenue (University Heights, The Bronx)
13. ENY Development LLC (East New York, Brooklyn)
14. 1382 Shakespeare Avenue (Highbridge, The Bronx)
15. 700 Rosewood Street (Williamsbridge, The Bronx)
16. 101 Avenue D (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
17. Ocean Gate Apartments (Coney Island, Brooklyn)
18. 331 Beach 31st Street (Far Rockaway, Queens)
19. West 61st Street Associates, LLC (Upper West Side, Manhattan)
20. 1055 St. John's Place (Crown Heights, Brooklyn)
And there are more 80/20 developments out there that are required to set aside 20% of units as affordable housing. One good tip? Walk around your neighborhood and check the signs at new developments. Buildings are required to set aside half of the affordable units to tenants that live in the same Community Board, and developers are required to post application information at construction sites.
Another good way to increase your chances is to contact management companies directly and ask to be added to the waitlist for when affordable apartments become available in older buildings.