Section 202

Section 202, Supportive Housing for the Elderly is a program that provides housing for low- to moderate-income and disabled seniors. The program works through private and nonprofit sponsors, who provide the costs for the senior housing developments. These housing facilities can include meals, transportation, housekeeping, and other various services. But, not every facility includes services. However, each facility is subsidized, with rent averaging 30% of the household income.  

Those eligible for Section 202 must be 62 years or older, or have, at least, one household member who is over 62 years old.


For more information on Section 202 housing, visit:

For a complete list of Section 202 housing facilities, visit the alternative senior housing PDF links at the end of the article.

Mitchell-Lama program

Mitchell-Lama developments are rentals and co-ops available for moderate- to middle-income households. While the program is open to anybody, there are senior-only Mitchell-Lama housing. The developments are either overseen by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) or the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR).

Applications are done through the development, with each development requiring a separate application. Applicants are then added to a waiting list, with acceptances based on a lottery system. You may apply to as many developments as you’d like.

Each development has its own unique requirements, but the general requirements depend on income, household size, and apartment size. For a complete list of income limits, visit here.


For open waitlists for Mitchell-Lama developments, visit:

For short waitlists for Mitchell-Lama developments, visit:

For more information on Mitchell-Lama developments, visit:

For a complete list of alternative senior housing, as well as lists of available Section 202 and Mitchell-Lama senior developments, visit the links below.

Alternatives in Senior Housing PDF: Bronx

Alternatives in Senior Housing PDF: Manhattan

Alternatives in Senior Housing PDF: Brooklyn

Alternatives in Senior Housing PDF: Queens

Alternatives in Senior Housing PDF: Staten Island

For more information on senior housing, visit:


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