The StuyTown Lottery is an affordable housing application process, open from January 16 , 2018 to February 21 , 2018. 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 $86,670 a year and $170,115 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 includes but is not limited to salary, self-employment income, bonuses, overtime, 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.
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 February 21. StuyTown will wait 7 to 10 business days to ensure all applications submitted by US Mail that are postmarked by February 21 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. You will not lose your spot on the StuyTown Affordable Housing Lottery waitlists created in 2016 and 2017 by applying. If factors that may have disqualified you from the 2016 or 2017 lottery, such as total household income or household size, have changed, and your household is specifically seeking a 1- or 2-bedroom apartment at the advertised monthly rental rate, this lottery may be right for you.
One- and two-bedroom units represent the majority of units placed into the Stuyvesant Town Affordable Housing Program. At this point, we need to replenish the pipeline of applicants who can qualify for these units. If you applied to the StuyTown Affordable Housing Lotteries conducted in 2016 and 2017, you may be contacted as unit types that meet your specific household/income needs become vacant.
Unfortunately, this lottery is only for applicants who qualify for the 1- or 2- bedroom units at 165% of Area Median Income (AMI). If you are interested in a different unit type, you should apply to the next lottery.
The waitlists from 2016 and 2017 remain active. If you have not yet been contacted by StuyTown, you remain on the waitlist. StuyTown continues to work through that waitlist and will contact applicants when there is a reasonable expectation that an appropriate unit may become available.
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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.
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