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Bronx Housing Resources

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Resources from UNHP: The University Neighborhood Housing Program, or UNHP, offers a wealth of affordable housing resources for Bronx residents.The organization was created by Fordham University and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition in 1983 to help finance and preserve affordable housing in the Northwest Bronx. Deputy Director Gregory Lobo Jost is an occasional guest blogger for the Bronx News Network. Visit their website here to find out more about UNHP's programs and research.

Government Housing Resources:

Message from NYC.gov:
Tenants are entitled to safe and decent housing. Your building owner is required by law to provide essential services such as heat or hot water and to make repairs. If your owner fails to provide essential services, you may report the condition to the City's Citizen Service Center at 311 (311 may be accessed outside New York City by dialing (212) NEW YORK). For the hearing impaired, the TTY number is (212) 504-4115. The Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

NYC Affordable Housing Resource Center—Tips and resources for tenants looking to rent or purchase affordable housing, including up-to-date lists of units that are available by lottery. Information on Section 8 housing vouchers, emergency assistance, tenants rights, assistance for seniors and the disabled and where to find legal help with housing issues.

Department of Housing, Preservation & Development (HPD)—Check for building violations by address, plus resources for apartment seekers, building owners, potential homebuyers, homeowners looking for financial and maintenance counseling, information on Section 8 housing and much more.

HPD’s Bronx Office
1932 Arthur Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 300

Bronx, NY 10457

(718) 579-2930
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)—An interactive map on their website allows you to search for public housing developments by street address or borough. Visit this site for information and applications to apply for public housing or for Section 8 housing vouchers. Also provides a directory of community and senior centers by borough and neighborhood.

Number for NYCHA residents in the Bronx: 718-409-8626

Department of Buildings (DOB)—The Buildings Department oversees and enforces the city’s Building Code, Electrical Code, Zoning Resolution, State Labor Law and State Multiple Dwelling Law. Information on all of these laws can be at their website. Also available is the online Buildings Information System, which allows you to search by individual address for a number of property records including violations, complaints, Certificates of Occupancy (who owns the building) elevator and plumbing inspections, permits, etc.
DOB, Bronx Borough Office
1932 Arthur Ave., 5th Fl.
Bronx, NY 10457
Borough Commissioner: (718) 579-6931

Borough Manager: (718) 579-6922

Customer Service: (718) 579-6920

TTY Number: (718) 579-6903

NYC Rent Guidelines Board (RGB)—The RGB establishes guidelines and regulations for rent-stabilized and rent controlled apartments in New York City, setting the standard for how much rent can be increased in this units each year. Their website also includes tips for apartment hunters and information on building maintenance, as well as this handy Tenant’s Rights Guide.

NYC Rent Guidelines Board
51 Chambers Street, Suite 202

New York, NY 10007

Housing Development Corporation (HDC)—The HDC finances the construction and preservation of affordable housing developments throughout the five boroughs. Visit their website for information on how to apply to live in an HDC-financed property or to apply for a finance program (bonds and tax credits) for the creation of affordable housing.

110 William Street
New York, NY 10038
(212) 227-5500

Department For The Aging (DFTA)—The DFTA’s interactive map allows you to search online for available senior housing by borough and neighborhood.

New York City Department for the Aging

2 Lafayette Street

New York, NY 10007
Or call 311

Department of Finance (DOF)—The DOF is now in charge of two housing programs for seniors and the disabled who qualify: Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE), which offer eligible tenants an exemption from rent increases. See if you qualify here. The DOF website also includes information on property tax rates and other property tax credits.

Bronx Housing Organizations:

Belmont LDC
Focuses on the development and preservation of housing in the Belmont area, or the Bronx’s “Little Italy.” Services include the development, ownership and management of housing; creating housing opportunities for home ownership for moderate income, low income and special needs housing.
660 East 183rd Street
(718) 295-2882

Bronx Shepherds Restoration Corporation
A church-based organization based in the South Bronx that provides affordable housing help, home weatherization and other assistance.
1932 Washington Avenue
(718) 299-0500

Fordham-Bedford Housing Corporation
A group serving the northwest Bronx that provides and manages affordable housing complexes and provides other services, primarily in Districts 5, 6 and 7.
2751 Grand Concourse
(718) 367-3200

MBD Community Housing Corporation
1762 Boston Road
(718) 842-0256
The “Mid-Bronx Desperados” are a community group with deep roots in the borough, having fought against landlords who were torching their own properties during the 1970s.

Mid Bronx Senior Citizens Council
A 33-year-old organization that provides affordable housing and other services for families, youths and seniors in the mid and south Bronx.
900 Grand Concourse
(718) 588-8200

Morrisania Revitalization Corporation
Affordable housing management and assistance for tenants and homeowners in the South Bronx neighborhood of Morrisania.
576 E. 165th St,
(718) 589-7858

Mount Hope Housing Company
Mount Hope Housing Company, founded in 1986, manages 31 buildings and more than 1250 affordable housing units.
2003-05 Walton Ave.
(718) 299-2051

Neighborhood Association for Intercultural Affairs
For residents in the Highbridge/Morrisania neighborhoods. Affordable housing resources, housing mediation and legal representation to low-income area tenants.
Suite 1B1075
Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10452
(718) 538-3344

Neighborhood Housing Services of North Bronx
Local branch of a citywide housing services organization that provides education and affordable housing loans, as well as information on foreclosure prevention, refinancing and home repairs/imrprovement.
2nd Floor
1451 East Gun Hill Road
Bronx, NY 10469
(718) 881-1180

Neighborhood Initiatives Development
Housing resources for residents in the northeast Bronx, including tenant counseling, advocacy in housing court, tenant organizing, immigrant assistance and mortgage foreclosure counseling.
2523 Olinville Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467
(718) 231-9800

Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition
With four neighborhood offices throughout the northwest Bronx, NWBCCC advocates for residents on a number of issues, including tenant organizing and the preservation of affordable housing.
103 East 196th Street
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 584-0515

Phipps Houses Group
Affordable housing for low-income and moderate-income families in the Bronx, available through a government-run lottery.
902 Broadway
New York, NY 10010-6033
Phone: 212-243-9090

South Bronx Action Group
Based in Melrose as a partner to Nos Quedamos, SBAG’s bilingual staff helps residents navigate complicated city-run housing programs, information on landlord and tenants rights and workshops on housing issues.
754 Melrose Avenue
Bronx, NY 10451

South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation
Develops and manages residential and commercial real estate in the south Bronx, including energy efficient affordable housing units. Housing applications available on their website.
555 Bergen Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
(718) 292-3113

University Neighborhood Housing Program
Community nonprofit in the northwest Bronx that aims to create, preserve and finance affordable housing. UNHP has developed two of their own software to identify properties in physical and financial distress called the Building Indicator Project (BIP) and Home-Owner Outreach Database (HOOD). Nonprofit organizations can apply for free subscriptions to both. UNHP also offers a number of housing services for residents. Visit their website here, or use their interactive community resource guide to get personalized recommendations.
2751 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 933-3101

West Bronx Housing and Neighborhood Resource Center
A subsidiary of the Bronx Jewish Community Council and run out of the Mosholu-Bainbridge Community Service Center, WBHNRC offers assistance to homeowners and tenants with the eviction process, New York City housing regulations and the legal rights and responsibilities of both building owners and tenants.
3176 Bainbridge Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467
(718) 798-0929

Editor's note: Is there a group or link we missed? Send housing tips, links or resources to bronxnewsnetwork[at]gmail.com.