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Need Based Preference

First priority will be given to applicants who live and/or work in New York City.

N-0 PRIORITY - City Agency Referrals
Applicants who are referred to the Housing Authority by the New York City Department of Homeless Services (“DHS”), or by the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (“HASA”), or by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”), or by the Administration for Children's Services (“ACS”), pursuant to an agreement with the Housing Authority. These families must be referred by the City Agency directly to the New York City Housing Authority.

Applicants about to be discharged from a hospital operated by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (“HHC”), who would become homeless upon discharge and who are referred to the Housing Authority by HHC. These families must be referred by the City Agency directly to the New York City Housing Authority.

N-1 PRIORITY - Victims of Domestic Violence and Intimidated Witnesses
Click here to learn more about N-1 Priority for victims of domestic violence.

N-3 PRIORITY - Government-Ordered Vacate
Applicants living in housing declared uninhabitable by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), or another government agency, or already displaced due to a government order and not living in standard permanent replacement housing or applicants about to be displaced by a government order from a site to be used for a public housing project or public improvement. These applications must be referred directly to the New York Housing Authority by the responsible City Agency.

N-4 PRIORITY - Residing in Sub-Standard Conditions or Rent Hardship
Families who are homeless, involuntarily displaced, living in substandard housing, doubled-up or overcrowded in private housing, paying more than 50% of family gross income for rent, or legally doubled-up and overcrowded in NYCHA public housing.

Verification of these priorities will either be requested or confirmed during the eligibility processing of the application.

N-8 PRIORITY - No Need-Based Preference
Families who do not qualify for a Need Based Preference and are not now renting either a New York City Housing Authority public housing or Section 8 apartment.

Families who do not live, work or have a commitment for a job in New York City.