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City loosens application requirements for affordable housing lottery


St. Augustine Terrace in the Bronx, a new development that will provide 112 units of affordable housing for low-income families, on April 8, 2019. (Kendall Rodriguez/for New York Daily News)

The city will no longer assume married or committed couples share a bedroom under a new affordable housing application process that also allows undocumented New Yorkers to avoid credit checks.

Previously, married couples with no kids were only eligible for one-bedroom apartments — now they can apply for studios or units with two bedrooms. Old rules also required applicants with children to go for apartments with enough bedrooms to put no more than two kids in each of them. Now, three children can be assigned to a single bedroom.

This will increase the affordable housing options for those applying, officials said.

Undocumented immigrants will also have a better chance of landing affordable housing under changes to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s affordable housing lottery application the city announced Wednesday.

All adults in a household used to have to provide a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to do a credit check that was required to get affordable housing.

Now, all applicants can show proof they’ve paid their rent for 12 months instead of a landlord-initiated credit check. Applicants can also provide a recent credit check to a landlord.

The new policy also lowers credit check fees after new state rent laws limited them to $20 per application.