Housing & Tenants Rights Resources
Find information about a wide array of housing resources available, including affordable housing, options for those experiencing homelessness, senior living, and more. Tenants can also find information on their rights and protections, including legal advice, community organization support, and more.
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January 15: End of the Eviction Moratorium
New Yorkers in need of rent relief can apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) through the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) web portal (which reopened on January 11 at 10 PM), as a pending application will provide temporary protection from eviction.
Lockouts (also known as unlawful evictions or self-help evictions) are illegal. All tenants (including those in private residential programs) have the right to stay in their homes unless they choose to leave or are evicted through a court process.
Under New York City's Right-to-Counsel (RTC) law, legal services are free, available in every ZIP code, and available regardless of immigration status. DSS/HRA's Office of Civil Justice (OCJ) ensures tenants facing eviction in Housing Court or NYCHA administrative proceedings have access to free legal representation or advice, provided by nonprofit legal services organizations from across the five boroughs.
Provides links to resources for emergency shelter, permanent housing, eviction prevention, disability rights, domestic violence, and food security information.
The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) homeless shelter system provides temporary, emergency shelter. You can also get assistance if you are about to become homeless. If you would like to speak to a counselor, 311 can give you the address of your local HomeBase office. You can also find links to information on Homeless Drop-In Centers and Eviction Prevention and HomeBase.
Provides LGBTQ young people housing and a continuum of supportive services to help them thrive and prepare them for independent living.
Free eviction-prevention resources designed to help low-income renters in emergency situations.
The Department of Social Services (DSS), which includes both the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and the Human Resources Administration (HRA), can help you connect to rental assistance programs like CityFHEPS, and many other programs available through the State and Federal Government.
Links to a wide array of City resources addressing housing needs, including people experiencing homelessness, tenants, homeowners, and those in need of affordable or emergency housing options.
Free service to list and find affordable, accessible, homes and apartments across New York State.
Tenant Rights, Information & Resources
MOPT is a core part of the City's strategy to confront the affordable housing crisis. Find out about the resources the city has for tenants.
Information on the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) policy for accommodating and closing service gaps for clients of all gender identities.
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