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Created in 1955, the Mitchell-Lama program provides affordable rental and cooperative housing to moderate- and middle-income families. There are 97 City-sponsored, moderate- and middle-income rental and limited-equity cooperative developments in New York City, with more than 44,600 units. HPD supervises waiting lists, management issues, and has other oversight responsibilities for 78 Mitchell-Lama developments; an additional 19 developments have shared supervision by HPD and the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
How to Apply:
(1) Check the list of Mitchell-Lama developments with open waiting lists and see if there are any developments in which you are interested .
(2) Send a letter to the managing agent of the development(s) in which you are interested.
Each development requires that you apply separately. There is no master list for applications. However, you can apply to more than one development at a time. Mitchell-Lama apartments are sold or rented through waiting lists kept by each development. Many Mitchell-Lama waiting lists are closed because there are already enough applicants listed to fill vacancies expected in the foreseeable future. Periodically, these developments open their waiting lists and new applications are accepted based on a lottery system. Mitchell-Lama developments must advertise when they open their waiting lists. Check your local newspapers to find out when applications are being accepted. You can also click here for a list of developments with open waiting lists.
If you are a veteran and reside in New York State you may be entitled to a preference for Mitchell-Lama developments with an open waiting list. Click here to see if you qualify.
Mitchell-Lama Developments with Waiting Lists
Mitchell-Lama apartments are sold or rented through waiting lists kept by each development. Each development requires that you apply separately. If the development is accepting applications, an estimate of the wait for an apartment is provided. Developments identified as "List Closed" have a sufficient waiting list to fill anticipated vacancies at this time and are not accepting applications. Periodically, developments may open their waiting lists and new applications are then accepted based on a lottery system. Mitchell-Lama developments must advertise when they open their waiting lists. Check your local newspapers to find out when applications are being accepted. You can also click below for a list of developments with openings. HPD updates this list monthly. The lists indicate whether the development is a rental or cooperative. Developments identified as "List Closed" have sufficient waiting lists to fill anticipated vacancies at this time and are not accepting applications. For detailed information on the rules governing waiting lists and other Mitchell-Lama procedures, click here.
State Supervised Middle Income Housing Developments for Families (This list includes developments with current openings as well as developments with waiting lists.)
Am I eligible?
For both federally assisted and non-federally-assisted Mitchell-Lama developments, there are eligibility requirements related to income limits, family size, and apartment size. In addition, each development sets its own restrictions and limitations.
What are the maximum admission income limits at these developments?
Maximum admission income limits differ for federally assisted and non-federally-assisted developments.
For federally-assisted developments an applicant's adjusted annual household income must not exceed the income limit for the applicable HUD program for the area in which the development is located, adjusted for household size, as shown on the most recently issued HUD schedule
For information on income limits for non-federally-assisted rental developments go tohttp://nysdhcr.gov/AboutUs/Offices/HousingOperations/faqs.htm
What happens if my income increases and I exceed the income limit while I am a resident of a Mitchell-Lama development?
A surcharge will be added to your monthly rent/carrying charge if your adjusted household income from the prior calendar year exceeds the maximum income limit. Every year Mitchell-Lama tenants are required to fill out an income affidavit. This form allows your housing company to calculate your adjusted household income and the amount of a surcharge you will have to pay.
For City-Sponsored Mitchell-Lamas: (212) 863-6500
For State-Sponsored Mitchell-Lamas: (212) 480-7343, or write to the Division of Housing and Community Renewal at 25 Beaver Street, New York, NY 10004
About this Guide:
The goal of the guide is to provide a summary of information on current affordable housing programs and resources in New York City. This guide was created in 2012, with input from the current members of the Housing for Vulnerable Families Coalition.
Please be aware that the information contained in this guide is subject to change. Although we strive to maintain the accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of the information found in this Guide, the Public Advocate’s office and the Housing for Vulnerable Families Work Group recommends that you also check the websites of the appropriate government agency or non-profit organization to verify that the information contained in this guide remains up-to-date and accurate.
About the Housing for Vulnerable Families Coalition:
The Housing for Vulnerable Families Coalition brings together a wide spectrum of stakeholders that care about housing for very vulnerable families in New York City, including service providers, advocates and policy makers from the domestic violence, child welfare, and housing fields, to share available resources, discuss shared challenges and create solutions to help provide greater housing stability for the most vulnerable families in our community.