How Do You Apply for Government Housing in New York City?


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To apply for New York City government housing as of 2015, submit an application to the New York City Housing Authority online. Applicants meeting the eligibility requirements receive a priority code and waiting list position for an eligibility interview. Bring necessary documentation to the interview to verify eligibility status.

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In the online form, applicants provide information on family composition, household income, current living situation and first and second choices of preferred boroughs. The application is free, and those who do not own a computer can use computer kiosks at NYC Housing Authority customer contact centers to apply. Victims of domestic violence should apply for the VDV upgrade after submitting the regular application. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, meet the NYC Housing Authority's definition of a family, meet the established income limits and not endanger the safety of other residents.

The NYC Housing Authority gives top priority for housing to applicants recommended by city agencies such as the New York City Department of Homeless Services, the HIV/AIDS Services Administration, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and the Administration for Children's Services. The next priority goes to victims of domestic violence and intimidated witnesses, followed by families who are homeless, live in substandard or overcrowded housing or are paying over 50 percent of gross income for rent. The NYC Housing Authority gives lower priority to those who do not qualify for higher need-based priorities or live or work outside New York City.

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