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08/27/2019

New NYC housing lottery rules remove a barrier to entry for immigrants and other renters

By Valeria Ricciulli Aug 21, 2019, 2:50pm EDT| Curbed New York

In the midst of an affordability crisis and calls from advocates to build more apartments for NYC’s homeless population, the de Blasio administration has announced changes to its rules for applicants in the city’s affordable housing lottery.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Housing Development Corporation (HDC), announced that the lottery application now allows for applicants to provide 12 months of rent payment history instead of having the landlord run a credit check or provide their own. This means applicants won’t have to provide a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number for every adult in the household, allowing immigrants to apply as well.

“These new changes are a step towards promoting greater racial equity in our housing market and greater access to affordable housing, regardless of immigration status,” Bitta Mostofi, commissioner for the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, said in a statement...click here to read more

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