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According to the New York Times, entrants to the New York City’s housing lottery have waited years, through a tiresome and complex process. Now the system is getting an overhaul.


  1. What type of eligibility does a lottery applicant have to prove prior to being qualified for an apartment in New York’s housing program?
  2. What was the ratio of applications to number of units in 2013?
  3. How will the new system streamline the system?
  4. How many affordable homes have been created or preserved in the low-cost program since 2014?


Haag, M. (2020). 25 Million Applications: The Scramble for N.Y.C. Affordable Housing. The New York Times, June 15 (Retrievable online at