The rules could soon be changing, however. As DNAinfo reported this month, two common ways applicants are disqualified -- poor credit scores and having taken past landlords to court -- may no longer be grounds for rejecting an application. In a statement, Mayor Bill de Blasio said these “key improvements” aim to “level the playing field.”
Revisions to the affordable housing process also include strict measures to ensure renters will use the unit as a primary residence, and that interview locations will be accessible to all. American Sign Language interpretation, for example, must be available when necessary.
Let's say I win. What will my affordable housing look like?
There are one-bedroom, city-subsidized units in Bushwick, Brooklyn, for example, available for one-person households making between $33,772 and $43,500 a year: perfect for a recently graduated couple of aspiring musicians. Monthly rent is a cool $985.
In Murray Hill, as many as four people can rent a two-bedroom apartment where the monthly rent is $1,082. Household income can’t exceed $54,360, but more importantly, the building comes with a gym, pool, spa, and in-unit washing and drying machines. Rent is somehow even cheaper in Chelsea, where a newly constructed unit at Maestro West Chelsea Apartments, on West 28th, has a doorman and a roof deck.