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How do I apply for a housing lottery?

First, check the lists of developments to find an open lottery:

New York City Affordable Housing Resource Center

New York City Housing Development Corporation

Next, send a letter to the managing agent of the developments in which you are interested to request an application. Completed applications must be returned by regular mail by the final date the development will accept applications.

If you are found eligible for the development, your application will be entered into the lottery. Accepted applicants will be notified when the lottery is complete.

Look Out
  • There is no application fee or broker fee to apply for a lottery development. There may be a fee for a credit check.
  • Certain developments accept applications from Section 8 recipients.