Government Housing Resources
Clinton Housing Development Company
Clinton Housing Development Company (CHDC) is a non-profit housing organization committed to developing New York City’s Clinton community and surrounding neighborhoods through the provision of permanent affordable housing. Their website lists the completed housing projects they have accomplished as well as the various forms of affordable housing developments that the Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea community may access. The CHDC also provides support for community preservation and development and housing management services.
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
100 Gold Street
New York, NY 10038
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), has many different programs that help create affordable housing. Their website lists developments that are currently accepting applications for affordable rental and home ownership units. This list can also be accessed by calling 311. The homeownership website also has information about homebuyer education programs and down payment assistance. HPD also oversees 135 Mitchell-Lama buildings, which offer moderate- and middle-income rental units and home ownership opportunities, though many Mitchell-Lama buildings are now leaving the program. Information about getting on a waiting list at a Mitchell-Lama building can be found on HPD’s Mitchell-Lama website.
NYC Department of Housing Development Corporation
110 William Street
New York, NY 10038
The New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) helps provide financing for affordable housing developments. Its website provides a list of apartments now renting, and those that soon will be. Each project has different income guidelines, so be sure to read the advertisement for each one to learn if you’re eligible and how to apply. HDC also funds affordable home ownership programs
Legal Assistance for Tenants
Housing Conservation Coordinators
777 Tenth Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
Housing Conservation Coordinators (HCC)offers free legal consultations in all areas of the law on a walk-in basis at its Legal Clinic. The Clinic is staffed by volunteer lawyers who can refer you to other resources, assist with writing letters, clarify legal rights, and help determine whether a legal course of action exists. The Clinic is for consultations only. The lawyers cannot represent you. Consultations are Monday evenings from 7 PM – 9 PM, on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive before 8 PM. Please call ahead to confirm that the clinic is open and bring all relevant papers.
HCC also provides free legal services, including legal representation, to eligible low and moderate income tenants, tenant associations, Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) cooperatives, and other community organizations located in the Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. HCC staff meets individually with potential clients to determine eligibility and the extent of legal services required. If you have a housing question, need advice or have received court papers and live in the neighborhood, come to see them during their walk-in intake hours: Mondays, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Thursdays, 10 AM – 12:30 PM.
HCC also offers assistance with tenant organizing, weatherization, and technical training in boiler/burner maintenance and home maintenance and repair.
Hudson Guild Chelsea Housing Group
441 West 26th Street, 9th – 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
212-760-4402 x 23 (Rosa Maria de la Torre)
The Hudson Guild helps tenants with: heat and hot water complaints, rent overcharges, rent regulation information, housing code violations, landlord harassment, and tenant association formation. Drop-in/intake hours are Thursdays from 2:30 PM – 5:30PM, except holidays. The Chelsea Housing Group serves tenants who live between 14th and 34th Streets, west of 5th Avenue.
Chelsea Coalition on Housing
322 West 17th Street, Basement
The Chelsea Coalition on Housing helps tenants with: heat and hot water complaints, rent overcharges, rent regulation information, housing code violations, landlord harassment, evictions, sublets, leases, and security. They have drop-in hours with a tenant attorney on Thursdays at 7:30 PM.
Programs for Seniors
Home Sharing Program
New York Foundation for Seniors
11 Park Place, Suite 1416
The Home Sharing Program matches compatible persons in shared-living arrangements in dwellings rented or owned by one of the participants. The program seeks to match persons for whom sharing of living arrangements would enhance their financial and/or social well-being, promote companionship, and relieve feelings of isolation. Applicants must be independent, medically and mentally stable, and non-substance abusing. Hosts are 60 years of age and older. Guests are 18 years of age and older. The New York Foundation for Seniors will provide: comprehensive, confidential screenings, intake and matching services; assistance with negotiating shared-living arrangements; and referrals for appropriate program-related government entitlements and/or social service programs.
Free Minor Home Repair Program
New York Foundation for Seniors
11 Park Place, 14th Fl.
The Minor Home Repairs Program is a free home maintenance and repair service (materials may cost extra) for elderly homeowners who require minor home repairs to maintain safety within their homes but cannot pay for them. Eligible homeowners (including co-op and condo owners) are 60 years of age or older, living in one of the five boroughs of New York City, and have income no more than $35,150/year for one person or $40,200/year for a two-person household. Call for more information about what repair work can be done, and how to apply.
Manhattan Legal Aid for Seniors Project
Mobilization for Justice
100 William Street, 6th Fl.
Mobilization for Justice (MFJ) provides free legal services to Manhattan residents aged 60 and older, with priority given to those who are facing the loss of housing or the loss or reduction of public benefits, including Medicare and Medicaid. The overarching goal of the project is to provide legal assistance in the areas of public benefits, health care, consumer, and nursing home issues. MFJ participates in an assigned counsel program in partnership with Department of the Aging (DFTA) social workers to defend seniors who are facing imminent eviction and who need both legal and social work help to resolve their housing problem. MFJ works closely with social service providers throughout Manhattan. Their intake hours are Monday and Wednesday, 2 PM – 4:30 PM.
Student Training & Education in Public Service (STEPS)
STEPS has begun a new initiative to help connect Americans with public assistance resources and services to make sure they have affordable access to housing, food, childcare and other living essentials. STEPS has created several guidebooks on their website that cover a specific types of public assistance. Their affordable housing guidebook will help readers learn about public housing programs subsidized housing, housing vouchers, and other types of public housing assistance. The guidebook also lists other affordable housing resources created specifically for veterans, senior citizens, and people experiencing homelessness. Visit the STEPS Online Guide to Affordable Housing website for more information.