For Apartment Seekers

Find a Rental You Can Afford

Living below the poverty line impacts every aspect of a person’s life. It can affect your mental health, physical health, and the ability to cope with daily problems.

For people who are struggling to move out of poverty and dependence, our Affordable Housing team can help. We can assist you in applying for New York City’s housing lotteries and teach you how to improve your chances! We give people the break they need to regroup and get back on track with their lives.

Frequently asked questions about affordable housing for apartment seekers.

New York City housing lotteries are listed on Housing Connect, a portal maintained by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. You can also find listings advertised in newspapers and on HPD social media, as well as get sign up for updates from HPD. You can also sign up for email updates from IMPACCT Brooklyn with new listings and information to help improve your chances with the lottery.

Tenants for affordable housing units are often chosen by a lottery process. To enter your name in the lottery, you have to fill out an application form for each building that you want to apply for. Preference may be given to:

  • People who already live in the area
  • Employees of the City of New York
  • Veterans
  • Residents who are physically, visually or hearing disabled
Housing ads and website listings will include the minimum and maximum income limits for the available units. The ad for the housing will also tell you the size of the available units — studio, one bedroom, two bedroom — and the number of people who can live in each unit, based on the income limits set for each building. You will also need good credit, a steady income, a bank account, and a history of paying your bills on time.
The ad for the lottery will tell you how to apply online and how to request that an application be mailed to you. If you apply by mail, be sure to mail the application to the right address. It will not be the same address as the building.
  • Make sure your credit rating is good. You can get a free credit rating and credit report
  • Pay all your bills on time
  • Open a savings and checking account
  • Save enough money to cover the first month’s rent and security deposit
  • The address you mail the application to WILL NOT be the address of the housing
  • Follow instructions exactly. Details matter, including the kind of envelope you use to mail the application
  • Include all required documents
  • Submit only one application per household
  • Keep watching the housing sites or sign up for housing mailing lists. If you aren’t chosen for one development, you can still apply for another


NYC Dept. of Aging – Apt Sharing Program – 1 person has to be over 60.

Apartment Lotteries

We guide apartment seekers through the NYC Housing Connect application process via virtual workshops and upcoming video question and answer sessions.

Applications are available through 3rd party entities and are not IMPACCT Brooklyn applications. We cannot provide updates on application status

Housing Impact

We provide homeowners and tenants crucial assistance when it comes to filing cases in Housing Court. We help with the formation of tenant groups, provide legal clinics and more. Our dedication is also unwavering when it comes to ensuring Brooklyn communities are protected.
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“IMPACCT’s program gave me a bit of foresight about what to expect and what to prepare. Without that, it would have been a bit more tenuous because I was going through the homebuying process for the first time.”
Duane Cornish