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Mitchell-Lama Housing

In General

Created in 1955, the Mitchell-Lama program provides affordable rental and cooperative housing to moderate- and middle-income families. As of January 2006, there were 132 City-sponsored, moderate- and middle-income rental and limited-equity cooperative developments in New York City, which contain approximately 54,000 units. HPD supervises waiting lists, management issues, and has other oversight responsibilities for 50 Mitchell-Lama developments; an additional 82 developments have shared supervision by HPD and the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

To apply for a Mitchell-Lama apartment you must get on the waiting list of the individual development. Note there are occupancy level and income requirements for all Mitchell-Lama Developments. There is NO master waiting list.

City-Sponsored Mitchell Lama Housing

Below is a link to the City Mitchell-Lama developments sponsored by the NYC Housing and Preservation Development (As of January 2006, 132 buildings in all, about 54,000 units). It includes an address list of all Mitchell-Lama developments, their management companies, and a phone contact at the management company. To get on the waiting list, call the managing agent and ask for an application. Note that many of the developments have very long waiting lists and it may take many years before you are offered an apartment. Others have closed waiting lists because of heavy demand. These developments periodically reopen their waiting lists by advertising the opening by newspaper and conducting an HPD supervised lottery. For more information regarding CITY Mitchell-Lama co-ops and rentals, contact HPD's Mitchell Lama Division via the City's Citizen Service Center by dialing 311 or visit HPD's list of Mitchell Lama buildings with contact information and HPD's list of current housing lotteries.

State-Sponsored Mitchell-Lama Buildings

The NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) supervises approximately 100 Mitchell-Lama buildings (about 65,000 units) in New York City. For a list of these Mitchell-Lama buildings and other related information, call DHCR at (212) 480-7343, follow this link to DHCR's web page on Mitchell-Lama or write to:

25 Beaver Street
New York, NY 10004

DHCR also has a FAQ on their website about the State Mitchell-Lama program.

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