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Re: private Section8 rentals NYC

Posted by Anna on May 10, 2000 at 09:58:47:

In Reply to: private Section eight rentals NYC preferably Manhattan posted by Jack Jersawitz on May 09, 2000 at 13:17:20:

: Hi!
: I am currently resident in Section eight privately owned 200 apartment building in Atlanta, eligible as a 66 year old SS receipient. These units are in good condition and totally free of vermin. Current rent $153, one third of my income after usual deductions.

: Question. I know I am crazy but after living here for some thirty odd years I long to return to my hometown and all the culture and other NY goodys that I so much miss. What are my chances of finding a clean Section 8 apartment, preferably in Manhattan, and how would I go about it. Would the rent include all utilities as here, save phone and net connection. Could I live in NYC on the balance of my $543/mo. from SS? Are there any lists of such apartment providers?

: Appreciate any help and information.

: Thanks.

As I remember: the waiting list for apts in Section 8 buildings is closed. If, however, you have a Section 8 voucher, you can use that in any building if the landlord is willing. Landlords loved these vouchers when they paid more than the market and stabilized rent AND before landlords realized that the Fed Gov would not pay its share if minimal housing standards were violated, i.e.: they actually had to get rid of rats, mice, roaches, fix fallen ceilings, etc.

Section 8 is administered through HPD here; get more specific info on their pages on the Official NYC website (in the Services & Agencies box, right column). Three other agencies worth a look: Aging, Housing, Disabilities.

Another useful resource is the Attorney General's booklet on Housing for Seniors:

We also have low-income housing, rentals and coops, for seniors including some not-yet-completed buildings (applications being taken, some closed already): look in HPD pages and/or the OAG book.

Do some reading, call your old friends, contact the Senior center in your old neighborhood, come for a visit... The $543 won't go very far here, you'll see that for yourself when you buy a quart of milk!

ps: it gets a lot hotter in the summer than when you lived here... but a/c prices are lower...

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