For more information, please contact:

Lisa Atkins
Director, Housing
[email protected]


Queens has a diverse and sound housing stock that attracts all kinds of families, however one defines it. Approximately one quarter of all housing units in NYC are in Queens. The borough’s housing stock is primarily a mixture of one and two-family homes, mid-rise apartment buildings with a concentration of a few higher-density apartment buildings.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly evolve, action has been taken on the state and city level to address the needs of tenants and homeowners alike, including:

Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures

In New York State, residential evictions, court-ordered foreclosure auctions and residential foreclosure proceedings were initially suspended in March 2020. For more information, visit nycourts.gov or call the New York State Court System Coronavirus Hotline at 833-503-0447.

NYC Department of Finance’s Annual Property Tax Lien Sale

The 2020 tax lien sale originally scheduled for May 15, 2020 has been postponed until August 15, 2020. Homeowners at risk of a lien sale will receive written notice starting in May 2020. Click here for more information. 

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

HEAP heating season has been extended, and the HEAP program is accepting applications until June 30, 2020. Applications can be mailed; they are not required to be submitted in person during this period. The HEAP cooling season opens May 1, 2020. If an individual with a documented medical condition has not received a cooling benefit in the past 5 years, they may be eligible for an AC unit. Click here for more information.

Additional resources can be found below:

Catholic Migration Services

Center for NYC Neighborhoods

Housing Court Answers

Jewish Association for Services for the Aged Legal Services for Elder Justice 

Legal Aid Society

Legal Services NYC

Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica, Inc.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens CDC, Inc.

NYC Department of Finance

New York City Housing Authority 

New York State Homes and Community Renewal