The Mitchell-Lama program provides affordable rental and cooperative housing to moderate- and middle-income families. The program was sponsored by New York State Senator MacNeil Mitchell and Assemblyman Alfred Lama, and was signed into law in 1955. There are both New York City supervised Mitchell-Lama developments and New York State supervised Mitchell-Lama developments.
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. In order to apply to a Mitchell-Lama with an open waiting list, please contact the managing agent directly and request an application. The link below will direct you to the developments with open waiting lists and will provide the name and contact information for the managing agents. 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. Through Mitchell-Lama Connect, you can view Mitchell-Lama developments that are opening up their waiting lists and are currently accepting entries to their lotteries, create and update your account profile, and submit entries to Mitchell-Lama waiting list lotteries. If you would like to receive an e-mail when future opportunities arise, please create an account on Mitchell-Lama Connect. Your email address will automatically be added to our distribution list.
If you are a veteran residing in New York State you may be entitled to a preference for Mitchell-Lama developments with an open waiting list.
External Waiting List Status (New)
Through Mitchell-Lama Connect, you can view the waiting list number and date the last application was approved for each Mitchell-Lama development. This information will allow you to monitor your progress on the waiting list. The waiting list information gets updated each time we approve an application.
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.
Maximum 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.