HOUSING

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Atkins
Director, Housing
718-286-2860
[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.

(Updated: September 16, 2020)

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.

Rental Assistance:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the launch of the COVID Rent Relief emergency rental assistance program to help keep low-income families throughout New York in their homes.

The program is designed to reach those individuals and families with the greatest need, and will provide direct aid for tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This program is funded through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which is part of the CARES Act. The program will be administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal and access to program applications will be is available online here

NYC Department of Finance’s Annual Property Tax Lien Sale

The 2020 tax lien sale originally scheduled for May 15, 2020 and later rescheduled for September 4, 2020 has been postponed. Click here for more information. 

NYC Property Tax Payments:

The New York City Council has passed legislation reducing the late payment interest rate for property taxes due July 1, 2020.

The legislation reduces late payment interest from 3.25% to 0% from July 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020 for property owners who are billed quarterly and own property with an assessed value of $250,000 or less. The legislation also reduces late payment interest from 18% to 7.5% from July 1, 2020 through October 15, 2020 for eligible property owners who are billed semi-annually and own property with an assessed value of more than $250,000. 

Click here for more information.

Property Tax and Interest Deferral (PT AID) Program:

The City of New York has launched the Property Tax and Interest Deferral Program to assist taxpayers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic emergency. If you qualify for the Property Tax and Interest Deferral (PT AID) program, you can defer your property tax payments, or pay only a small percentage of your income, so that you can remain in your home.

Click here for more information.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The HEAP cooling season opened 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