Nearly half of the city’s affordable housing units go to young, single New Yorkers

Posted On Wed, November 16, 2016 By

Posted On Wed, November 16, 2016 By In affordable housing

The odds you’ll score an affordable apartment through one of the city’s housing lotteries is about 1,000 to 1–that is, unless you’re young and single. Through a FOIL request, DNAinfo obtained data from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development that showed more than half of the 1,470 units that became available through the 48 lotteries that opened from January 2013 to December 2015 were for studios and one-bedrooms; 41 percent of those chosen in these lotteries were ages 25 through 34, and 50 percent were single.

Additionally, 36 percent of these winners were Hispanic; 27 were black. But only four percent were 62 or older and 11 percent under 25.

If you’re wondering how the results can be skewed in what’s supposed to be a random lottery, the answer may come down to the interview. After an applicant is drawn from the pool, he or she is invited in to meet with someone from HPD. But according to those who have gone through the process, it’s more about numbers and forms than a conversation: “No person asked me questions. I had to fill out a lot of forms. … It’s all about financials. If you’re 5 cents off in the numbers that they need, then you’re out because so many people are looking for affordable housing,” said Catherine Schmitz, a 48-year-old single mother from Greenpoint who applied to open lotteries for a year before being selected. Plus, some developers have the right to set a minimum credit score for affordable housing residents, and there’s the fact that older people are not as digitally savvy and the lotteries become available online through the city’s Housing Connect portal.

[Via DNAinfo]

RELATED:

MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • New site will host park data from 13,931 cities to help urban planners improve recreation space locally

    New site will host park data from 13,931 cities to help urban planners improve recreation space locally

    Next year, urban planners across the country will have a handy new tool at their disposal to help better inform them on ...
  • Colonial Bronxville mansion built by General George Custer’s widow hits the market for $5M

    Colonial Bronxville mansion built by General George Custer’s widow hits the market for $5M

    After General George Custer perished in Little Big Horn in 1876 (Custer’s Last Stand), his widow Elizabeth Bacon Custer moved ...
  • Make your stay in NYC an authentic one: Sleep in a closet-sized space for $3,500

    Make your stay in NYC an authentic one: Sleep in a closet-sized space for $3,500

    This second-floor walk-up at 235 West 18th Street is about as much like an average NYC rental apartment as you could ...
  • Expansive Flatiron loft stuns after undergoing a 10-year renovation by Frampton Co.

    Expansive Flatiron loft stuns after undergoing a 10-year renovation by Frampton Co.

    Located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, this massive loft measuring an incredible 4,500 square feet was designed specifically by ...
  • Dwell and Target releasing affordable modern furniture; Flushing gets a ‘trendy’ food hall

    Dwell and Target releasing affordable modern furniture; Flushing gets a ‘trendy’ food hall

    Mayor de Blasio signed 10 pieces of legislation related to gas safety to ensure another Second Avenue explosion doesn’t take place. ...
  • 12 alternative holiday events, exhibits, and outings in NYC

    12 alternative holiday events, exhibits, and outings in NYC

    From the swarms of tourists, long lines at stores, and increased prices on everything from theater tickets to cocktails, the holidays ...
  • $1.41M for an opportunity to combine two West Village units into one lovely apartment

    $1.41M for an opportunity to combine two West Village units into one lovely apartment

    Here’s an opportunity for a New Yorker not afraid to renovate. Two small one-bedroom apartments at 41 Perry Street, in ...
  • Former Citicorp Center is the city’s newest landmarked building

    Former Citicorp Center is the city’s newest landmarked building

    Images: Lemessurier and 6sqft The Midtown building formerly known as Citicorp Center has just been designated a city landmark. The ...
  • 10 modern menorah designs for Hanukkah 2016

    10 modern menorah designs for Hanukkah 2016

    Our ongoing series Apartment Living 101 is aimed at helping New Yorkers navigate the challenges of creating a happy home in the big city. ...
  • NYC will have free Wi-Fi in all underground subway stations by year’s end

    NYC will have free Wi-Fi in all underground subway stations by year’s end

    NYC Subway riders will soon be less able to blame their subway commute for not being able to immediately answer ...
  • Condos at 432 Park selling at an average discount of 10 percent

    Condos at 432 Park selling at an average discount of 10 percent

    432 Park Avenue may be the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere and home to the most expensive apartment ...
  • Congress will only cover $7M of NYC’s $35M Trump security bill

    Congress will only cover $7M of NYC’s $35M Trump security bill

    Just two days after Mayor de Blasio formally requested $35 million in federal funding to cover security at Trump Tower ...

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERS

Thank you, your sign-up request was successful!
This email address is already subscribed, thank you!
Please provide a valid email address.
Please complete the CAPTCHA.
Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.