Supportive Housing in New York City

Supportive housing is for individuals and, to a lesser extent, families who have been or in some cases are at serious risk of being chronically homeless because of one or more barriers to independence. About half of all New York supportive housing is set aside for individuals coping with serious mental illness. Other disabling conditions include HIV/AIDS, and chronic substance abuse. New York City residents looking for supportive housing should consult the following resources or programs. Comprehensive information about accessing supportive housing is also available on the website of the NYC Human Resources Administration.

If you don’t qualify for supportive housing, consult this page.

The NY/NY III Agreement

The 2005 New York/New York III Agreement created 9,000 units of supportive housing for nine distinct populations of disabled homeless people. The vast majority were set-aside for chronically homeless individuals coping with mental illness, but housing was also created for individuals coping with substance abuse, for families with a head of household coping with a disabling condition (mental illness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS), youth aging out of foster care and individuals coping with HIV/AIDS.

To apply for NY/NY III supportive housing, a referral agency must complete an HRA 2010e form.

If you are living with serious mental illness:

1) Not living in shelter, single point of access:

Consult this CUCS guide for how to access housing through the New York State Office of Mental Health’s SPOA Program. Note: individuals must apply through the 2010e application form, explained in detail on CUCS’ site.

2) If you’re homeless: NY/NY I and II:

New York City also has NY/NY I and II supportive housing units for individuals living with serious mental illness who are homeless. How to Access NY/NY I, II housing here.

If you have HIV/AIDS:

If you’re homeless or at serious risk of homelessness and you have HIV/AIDS, contact the New York City Human Resource Administration’s (HRA) HIV / AIDS Services Administration (HASA) Services. If your case is approved, HASA will appoint you a case manager, who will then assist with the housing placement process. To contact HASA’s Service Line, call 1-212-971-0626.

If you're a frequent Medicaid user:

More than a dozen NYC nonprofits currently have contracts to provide supportive housing for homeless or unstably housed individuals who are high-cost Medicaid users. The criteria to live in these apartments varies based on the government agency funding them. This handout offers an overview of Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) housing and contact information for all nonprofits that operate these apartments. You can use the email addresses and phone numbers here to learn about vacancies.

If you're a veteran:

Veterans can access supportive housing through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program. Veterans Affairs health centers in New York City are located in Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx.