I just applied for affordable housing. What can I expect now?

Want to learn what to expect after your application was selected? Check out the NYC Housing Connect Guide “After You Apply For Affordable Housing”.Checklist and resources after applying for an affordable housing lottery

Checklist and Resources

If your application is selected through the lottery and it qualifies for an affordable unit you will be invited to an eligibility appointment to bring the documents.

NYC Housing Connect Guide has a checklist for all documents that you might have to provide to prove that you qualify for affordable housing.

This guide has a lot of useful information and resources that will help you to familiarize yourself with the application process and prepare the extensive number of documents in advance to speed up your application process.

Household Documents

If you get contacted for an eligibility interview, you will be asked to bring copies of documents that verify the people in your household. Please note NOT  to bring the original documents unless otherwise instructed. Some documents include;

  • Copies of your current lease
  • Copies of your most recent electric and gas bills (must be in the applicants’ name with current address)
  • Copies of birth certificates for each member of the family
  • Copies of Socia Security cards for each member of the family
  • Copies of pictures ID for each member of the family (passports, drivers license)

Income Documents

Your household’s annual income is the “gross amount” (what your employer paid you before taxes) earned by anyone over the age of 18 who still lives with you. Please note, if you are self-employed you must report your net income after deductions.

It is highly recommended to collect as many documents as you can! The IRS says the documents below are acceptable proof of income.

  • Copies of the last six (6) pay stubs
  • Last ye’s W-2 (all pages)
  • Signed and completed federal and state tax return from the previous year
  • Proof of cash payments (notarized letters from employers)
  • Bank statements supporting deposits

For the self-employed applicants please provide copies of the following.

  • Copies of the past 3 years’ signed form 1040, with schedule C, E or F
  • Copies of all 1099s from the last 3 years
  • Copies of the last 3 years state tax returns

Household Income and Other Sources

All applicants must show documents supporting all the money they receive, even if it’s not from a job.

If you receive benefits or income listed below

  • Social Security or SSI (annual documentation)
  • Veteran’s Benefits
  • Income from Rental Properties
  • Public Assistance (AFDC) (Documents from the past 120 days)
  • Armed Forces Reserves

Do you receive dividends or annuities?

  • Copies of a statement from the issuing institution(s)

If any members of your family receive a scholarship and/or grant money

  • Copies of dates award letters

If any applicant receives alimony and/or child support, the applicant must provide;

  • Copies of separation or settlement agreement stating the amount and type of support along with a payment schedule
  • Copies of any official statement (dated within the last 120 days showing activity and amount)

If you or anyone in your family receives disability insurance, workers compensation and/or severance payments.

  • Must provide copies of the last six (6) current consecutive pay stubs or a verification letter.