Government Housing

Public housing is generally funded by the federal government and managed by the state government. There are several types of Public Housing, depending on the income level of the tenant.

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has many public housing apartments in New York City for tenants who earn below the stated income limits and meet other requirements. Tenants in public housing pay 30 percent of their household income towards rent, up to certain maximum rent levels for their apartment size.

The Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Program helps eligible low-income families get housing by assisting them in paying rent. The Section 8 program allows tenants to rent apartments in privately-owned buildings and pay 30 percent of their income towards rent, with Section 8 paying the difference between the tenant’s portion and the full rent for the apartment. If you are eligible for Section 8, you receive a rental contribution that is called a housing assistance payment.

The Mitchell-Lama Housing Program applies to middle-income tenants, and provides rental and cooperative housing in certain developments that charge affordable rental rates. In order to qualify for this type of housing, you must meet eligibility requirements related to your income, family size, and apartment size. Each development site also may have its own restrictions. Annual income verification affidavits are required from residents.

If you are a tenant in public housing, you have a right to an administrative grievance process before you can be evicted. The grievance process is handled by the local Housing Authority. You can be represented by an attorney at such administrative process.

Legal Editor: Charlotte Lee, April 2015

Changes may occur in this area of law. The information provided is brought to you as a public service with the help and assistance of volunteer legal editors, and is intended to help you better understand the law in general. It is not intended to be legal advice regarding your particular problem or to substitute for the advice of a lawyer.

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