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Directory of New York City Affordable Housing Programs

New York City has a long history of government intervention in residential housing markets, resulting in more than 175 affordable housing programs reflecting a wide range of goals and strategies. The Directory of New York City Affordable Housing Programs (Beta) catalogues this remarkable variety for those who develop, work with, study or live in the housing affected by these programs.

The Directory has several sections.  “Understanding Housing Programs” provides a general overview of the goals, fiscal and legal authority, and historical context of affordable housing programs in New York City.  The section also includes some preliminary observations by the authors and acknowledgements to those who contributed so generously to this Directory.  “How to Use This Directory” explains the different program attributes that we use to describe each of the programs listed here. “Acronyms and Definitions” is a starting point for anyone bewildered by the insiders’ language of affordable housing.

Despite receiving generous assistance from many experts, information is incomplete, inconsistent, or unavailable for several programs in the Directory, and we ask all users to help improve our Beta version by submitting additional information, data sources and comments. We hope this Directory will be a useful platform for those wishing to learn how to maintain or expand affordable housing resources for cities, neighborhoods and families for future generations.

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