Mitchell-Lama developments are affordable housing projects organized under Articles 2 and 4 of the Private Housing Finance Law and are supervised either by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) or the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR). Mitchell-Lama is commonly described as a middle-income housing program.
Eligible families are charged a surcharge up to 50% of the basic rent. The basic rent for the project is approved by the supervising agency, either HPD or DHCR.
Applicants must be current residents of NYC.
Annual income, after allowable deductions, cannot exceed the greater of:
125% of 7 times annual rental or carrying charges for a family with fewer than 3 dependents, or 8 times for a family of 3 or more dependents, or
The median income adjusted for household size for the metropolitan statistical area in which the project is located
Area Median Income (AMI) for NYC Effective April 2002 3 4 5
# in Househol d Median Income
Applications must be made to each building individually; there is no centralized waiting list. Listings are available by contacting both HPD and DHCR.
Most developments require the deposit of an application fee, some but not all of which is returnable, if the application is canceled. Applicants are called off the waiting list in strict order of application, and applicants are entitled to know their standing on the waiting list.
LOCAL OFFICES AND CONTACT INFORMATION
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
150 Williams Street New York, N.Y. 10038 (212) 863-5610 - Affordable Housing Hotline
The NYC/HPD website maintains a list of Mitchell-Lama Housing Companies and development listings with open waiting lists. To obtain information go to:
NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR)
25 Beaver Street New York, N.Y. 10004 (212) 480-6731 or, 7343