The StuyTown Lottery is an affordable housing application process, open from February 4, 2020 to March 5 , 2020. It is conducted by StuyTown Property Services, under the supervision and guidelines of the New York City Housing Development Corporation.
Applicants are eligible if they meet the income requirements shown on the advertisement for their household size. That means individuals and households with pre-tax combined income between $89,550 a year and $190,245 a year, depending on household size.
Households consisting exclusively of full-time students; households who have combined assets of more than $250,000, excluding some retirement and savings accounts; and those who are not prepared to use a StuyTown apartment as their primary resident.
Yes. The StuyTown Lottery team will work with applicants whenever possible to accommodate schedules and preferred move-in dates.
StuyTown will calculate income using total annual gross household income. That can include but is not limited to salary, hourly wages, tips, self-employment income, bonuses, overtime, commissions, social security, recurring gifts, rental income, interest and dividends and alimony. Please list all sources of income for every household member in your application.
For self-employed applicants, net income is analyzed. Such applicants must provide proof of self-employed income for a period of at least two years through State and Federal tax returns along with a current year income projection statement.
Household size is determined by the total number of people who will be living with the applicant full time (including the applicant). This includes all children (regardless of age) and any parents, aunts/uncles, cousins or any other permanent roommate who will be residing with you full time.
One of the benefits of the StuyTown Affordable Housing program is that we do not require annual income and household recertification.
Transfers are not allowed between StuyTown Lottery units due to eligibility requirements. You may choose to apply to future StuyTown lotteries, and if your household is found eligible and you are offered an apartment you may transfer units at that time.
Tenants that have leased 165% AMI units may not reapply for 80% AMI units.
The lottery, or randomized waitlist ordering, will happen as soon as reasonably possible after the close of the Marketing Period at 11:59 PM on March 5. StuyTown will wait 7 to 10 business days to ensure all applications submitted by US Mail that are postmarked by March 5 are received. Under the supervision of the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), StuyTown will take all paper applications to a location and will begin entering each paper applicant’s information. This can take anywhere from a few hours to several weeks, depending on the number of paper applications received. Once all applications are entered, all paper and online applications will be simultaneously assigned a waitlist or log number using randomization software. The log number represents each application’s place on the waitlist. Applicant’s that apply online will receive their log # notification via email, those that apply by paper will receive notification by USPS mail.
Applicants are not required to pay an application fee, but will be charged a non-refundable credit check fee at lease signing. Credit history is a common and important requirement implemented by building owners and can be the basis for denial for a unit. The credit approval criteria have been reviewed and approved by the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC). The fee may vary based on how many household members over the age of 18 are applying and will be based on the rates agreed to with HDC.
In order to ensure fairness to all applicants, StuyTown must certify that an applicant’s income falls within the income guidelines and meets other eligibility criteria. All information is confidential and StuyTown handles this information with the utmost discretion.
The applicant’s household cannot be made up entirely of full-time students unless the household qualifies for an exception under Federal law. Additionally, Student Loans/Grants are not considered income.
Yes, non-New York City residents can apply. Preference is given to current New York City residents.
Once the lottery is conducted, applicant households listing a current address in the five boroughs of New York City will be reviewed first. If, upon review of the application, StuyTown finds the applicant is not a New York City resident, the application review will be postponed and the team will move to the next New York City resident applicant. After StuyTown reviews all applications of New York City residents, our team will begin reviewing all other applications.
Once you click “Submit Application” online, you cannot make changes. The process must be the same for both paper and online applications. Since revisions to paper applications that have been sent by US mail are not possible, StuyTown does not allow for revisions to online applications either.
No. StuyTown will not be able to provide any updates beyond your initial number on the waitlist.
All appeals along with supporting documentation should be submitted in writing to StuyTown Property Services. If you do not receive a response please call 212-253-3680 to request an update.
If you do not receive a response you may report the issue to the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) by email: email@example.com. Provide as much information about your situation as possible, including complete contact information. Someone from the HDC Compliance Unit will contact you.
Yes. Anyone that meets the eligibility criteria is encouraged to apply to the StuyTown Lottery. If factors that may have disqualified you from previous StuyTown lotteries, such as total household income or household size, have changed, and your household is specifically seeking an apartment at one of the advertised monthly rental rates, this lottery may be right for you.
The waitlist from Spring 2019 remains active and all applicants should have received a status update via email or mail. If you would like to discuss your status please contact 212-253-3680.
If you are interested in a different unit type, you should wait for one of our future lotteries.
Please follow the steps below:
No. StuyTown Lottery is a separate system from NYC Housing Connect. You will need to create a new account with StuyTown Lottery.
A valid email address is necessary to create a new account on the StuyTown Lottery project application. You will need a valid email address in order to recover forgotten passwords. StuyTown may also use your email address for future communication.
If you forgot the user name/email address that you used to create your account you must create a new account.
The minimum / required components are:
If these still do not resolve the problem please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org