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Mitchell-Lama Housing

What is Mitchell-Lama?

Created in 1955, the Mitchell-Lama program provides affordable rental and cooperative housing to moderate- and middle-income families.

Mitchell-Lama Building in Manhattan
Mitchell-Lama Building in Manhattan

There are 97 City-sponsored, moderate- and middle-income rental and limited-equity cooperative developments in New York City, with more than 45,310 units.  HPD supervises waiting lists, management issues, and has other oversight responsibilities for 84 Mitchell-Lama developments; an additional 13 developments have shared supervision by HPD and the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 Mitchell-Lama Developments - City Supervised and State Supervised 

How to Apply

Each development requires that you apply separately. There is no master list for applications. However, you can apply to more than one development at a time. Mitchell-Lama apartments are sold or rented through waiting lists kept by each development. Many Mitchell-Lama waiting lists are closed because there are already enough applicants listed to fill vacancies expected for the foreseeable future. Periodically, these developments open their waiting lists and new applications are accepted based on a lottery system. Mitchell-Lama developments must advertise when they open their waiting lists. Check your local newspapers  to find out when applications are being accepted.

Click Here for a list of Mitchell-Lama developments with open waiting lists 

Click Here for a list of Mitchell-Lama Developments with immediate occupancy available

Click Here for a complete list of all New York City supervised Mitchell-Lama Developments

Click Here for a complete list of all New York State supervised Mitchell-Lama Developments

If you are a veteran and reside in New York State you may be entitled to a preference for Mitchell-Lama developments with an open waiting list.  Click here to see if you qualify.

Am I eligible?

Income limits differ depending on whether a development is a rental or cooperative and whether it is federally assisted or non-federally assisted. All Mitchell-Lama developments have eligibility requirements related to income limits, family size, and apartment size. In addition, each development sets its own restrictions and limitations.

What are the maximum admission income limits at these developments?

Maximum admission income limits differ for federally-assisted rental and cooperative developments, and non-federally-assisted developments. The waiting list specifies if a development is federally subsidized and if it is a rental or cooperative. 

For federally-assisted rental developments an applicant's adjusted annual household income must not exceed the limit below

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For all non-federally-assisted and federally-assisted cooperative developments an applicant's adjusted annual household income must not exceed the limit below

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 For additional information on the Mitchell-Lama housing program, please see the New York State Homes and Community Renewal FAQs at

What happens if my income increases and I exceed the income limit while I am a resident of a Mitchell-Lama development?

A surcharge will be added to your monthly rent/carrying charge if your adjusted household income from the prior calendar year exceeds the maximum income limit.   Every year Mitchell-Lama tenants are required to fill out an income affidavit.  This form allows your housing company to calculate your adjusted household income and the amount of a surcharge you will have to pay. 

For questions regarding the City Sponsored Mitchell-Lama Program: (212) 863-6500, or email

For questions regarding the State Sponsored Mitchell-Lama Program: (866) 463-7753

Supplementary Material 

To download and print the following documents, you will need the latest copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free from this link: Acrobat and the Web.

Instructions for Income Affidavit (in PDF) 

2013 Income Affidavit (in PDF) 

 Mitchell-Lama Developments with open waiting lists (in PDF) 

 Mitchell Lama Rules   (in PDF)


 Resources for Mitchell-Lama Development Owners

Repair Loan Program: Loans to Mitchell-Lama owners to make needed capital improvements.

Restructuring Program: Owners within the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) insured Mitchell-Lama portfolio may apply to restructure the first and second mortgages held on the properties.

Mitchell-Lama Housing in Chinese

Mitchell-Lama Housing in Russian  

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