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Affordable housing waiting lists

NYC Mitchell-Lama | NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) / NYS Housing and Community Renewal (HCR)

1. How it Works

The Mitchell-Lama program provides affordable rental and cooperative homeownership opportunities to families with moderate and middle incomes.

  • You have to apply to each development waiting list separately.
    • Apply to ones that fit your income, household size, and preferences.
    • Applicants may apply to open waiting lists. Closed waiting lists do not accept new applicants.
    • Entering the lottery for an open waiting list puts you in a lottery for the waiting list, not the next available unit.
    • If your application is chosen from the lottery, you’ll be added to a waitlist and notified when a unit becomes available.
  • It may take several years before a unit becomes available to people on a waiting list.
  • Veterans may be entitled to a preference for Mitchell-Lama developments with an open waiting list.
  • Mitchell-Lama housing lotteries are only one type of housing lottery. For other affordable housing opportunities, visit NYC Housing Connect.

2. Determine your eligibility

Eligibility for Mitchell-Lama rental units is determined by:

  • Your total household income
  • The number of people who will be living in the unit
  • The size of the unit

Veterans may be entitled to a preference for Mitchell-Lama developments with an open waiting list.

Annual Income Limits for 2021: To apply for any development, your income cannot be more than the ones shown on the chart below. Different developments have different limits.

Household Size Federally Assisted Rental Federally Assisted Cooperative Non-Federally Assisted
1 $66,880 $104,500 $104,500
2 $76,400 $119,375 $119,375
3 $85,920 $134,250 $134,250
4 $95,440 $149,125 $149,125
5 $103,120 $161,125 $161,125
6 $110,720 $173,000 $173,000
7 $118,400 $185,000 $185,000
8 $185,000 $196,875 $196,875


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3. How to Apply

3. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

  1. Create an account on Mitchell-Lama Connect.
    • Signing up for NYC Mitchell-Lama Connect will provide email notifications when additional waiting list lotteries open.
  2. Find developments with open wait list lotteries.
  3. Apply for developments with open waitlists. There is a non-refundable $75 application fee.

Additional Mitchell-Lama waiting lists are managed by NYS Homes and Community Renewal. See their list of developments for middle income families and seniors.

Find a housing development

Apply by mail

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit HPD’s Mitchell-Lama page for more information.

Search for open wait list lotteries on Mitchell-Lama Connect.

Email HPD

Email with questions.

Call HPD

Call 212-863-6500 with questions.

Last Updated Wednesday, November 17th, 3:13pm

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