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How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the New York City Housing Lottery


Alina Prikhodko

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For Big Apple residents looking for affordable housing, the housing lottery application process may seem daunting. But, as reported Pix11, there are several resources in New York City that can help make this process easier.

First, New Yorkers need to check to see if they meet the eligibility criteria, namely the income limit. If your family exceeds this limit, then you are not eligible to apply for participation in the lottery. These limits are indicated as a percentage of the average income in the region (Area Median Income). Each specific lottery has its own limits, so check not just one of them, but all of them.

The Departments of Housing Preservation and Development provide assistance through a network of community organizations providing services in every borough of New York City. As part of the program Housing Ambassadors Program You have the option of contacting a non-profit organization that can help you obtain information and additional assistance when applying for this housing lottery. More than 60 non-profit organizations participate in the program - take advantage of them Website to find an intermediary.

City programs

City program Ready to Rent is one of the first steps New Yorkers should take when participating in the housing lottery. This program offers free financial advice and application assistance to improve your chances.

“Financial counselors can help you check your credit, calculate your income to apply for housing, and save for your move,” the city's website says.

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One of the most important necessary conditions is to register on the portal NYC Housing Connect. On this portal you can apply to participate in city lotteries.

Another option is NYC Housing Connect Zoom classes. The one-hour sessions will help lottery participants become familiar with NYC Housing Connect. They will tell you how to prepare for the process and what to expect after you submit your application. The next lesson will take place on March 21 at 18:00. Such events are held every month. Find more information about affordable housing resources in New York here.

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