NYC overhauls housing lottery application system

Old system launched in 2013 was notorious for glitches, lack of transparency

TRD New York /
Jun.June 16, 2020 09:35 AM
Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty, iStock)

Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty, iStock)

New York City’s online housing lottery application system is getting a much-needed overhaul, as the coronavirus pandemic has put the city’s households under unprecedented economic stress.

The NYC Housing Connect system was known for randomly crashing and freezing and for a lack of transparency, as well as still requiring some parts of the application process to be conducted in person. The system has received more than 25 million applications for around 40,000 units since its launch in 2013.

The new system is rolling out on Tuesday, the New York Times reported.

“The new and improved NYC Housing Connect will make applying for affordable housing easier than ever at a time that we know families need all the help they can get,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The new system will allow financial documents to be uploaded electronically, and applicants will be able to apply on their smartphones. Applicants will also be shown apartments that they are most likely to qualify for based on their profiles, rather than having to blindly apply to buildings on the site without knowing about their eligibility beforehand.

“One of the biggest frustrations was people not hearing if you were accepted and not hearing if you were rejected,” Luis Daniel Caridad of Lower East Side affordable housing group GOLES told the Times. “We’ve been told that it has been fundamentally changed, and we are hopeful.”

At the same time, however, the coronavirus crisis has led to major budget cuts that could cost the city 21,000 affordable apartments over the next few years, according to an analysis from the New York Housing Conference.

“Having the actual affordable housing that hundreds of thousands of people need is really where the city needs to move toward,” Caridad said. “The broader problem has not been fixed.” [NYT] — Kevin Sun


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
A rendering of 165 Broome Street (Credit: Handel Architects)

Nonprofit plans affordable housing development near Essex Crossing

Nonprofit plans affordable housing development near Essex Crossing
All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Star Wars”-themed affordable housing plan hits snag

All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Star Wars”-themed affordable housing plan hits snag

All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Star Wars”-themed affordable housing plan hits snag
President Donald Trump (Getty, iStock)

Trump tweets that he “may END” Obama-era fair housing regulation

Trump tweets that he “may END” Obama-era fair housing regulation
City Council member Vanessa Gibson, Speaker Corey Johnson and City Council member Brad Lander (Getty)

Why the City Council abandoned affordable housing

Why the City Council abandoned affordable housing
Barika Williams of Association of Neighborhood and Housing Development and Adam Weinstein, CEO of Phipps Houses

Affordable housing experts talk systemic change

Affordable housing experts talk systemic change
A new report finds homes still unaffordable for majority of Americans (iStock)

TRD Insights: Homeownership unaffordable for average wage earner across 75% of US counties

TRD Insights: Homeownership unaffordable for average wage earner across 75% of US counties
Competition for affordable housing in New York City is highest among those who need affordable housing most (Getty, iStock)

Poorest face worst odds in city’s housing lotteries

Poorest face worst odds in city’s housing lotteries
S. Lawrence Davis and 160-05 Archer Avenue (Google Maps)

Shorewood scores $88M construction loan for first Opportunity Zone project

Shorewood scores $88M construction loan for first Opportunity Zone project
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...