With average Manhattan monthly rents climbing past $5,500, now's definitely a good time to explore the city's affordable housing lottery program—especially if you're hoping to live uptown.
A search through NYC Housing Connect, the city's online portal for finding affordable housing, currently shows 4 rental lotteries in Harlem and Inwood (plus a few more that are waiting list-only).
And, yes, the word "affordable" is definitely up for debate.
Be sure to check the deadlines before sending in your application.
From south to north, they are:
88 E 127th St and Park Ave
Available units: 40
Monthly rent: $763-$3,773
Eligible household income: $29,109-$198,250
Lottery ends: October 9, 2023
168 W 136th St between Lenox Ave and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
Available units: 9
Monthly rent: $3,140-$3,753
Eligible household income: $107,658-$198,250
Lottery ends: September 28, 2023
620 W 153rd St between Broadway and Riverside Dr
Available units: 72
Monthly rent: $2,350-$3,550
Eligible household income: $80,572-$198,250
Lottery ends: September 30, 2023
4790 Broadway between Dyckman and Academy Sts
Available units: 138
Monthly rent: $397-$1,841
Eligible household income: $16,183-$105,060
Lottery ends: October 13, 2023