Affordable Housing
Frequently Asked Questions

CHV’s developments provide onsite social services in partnership with CAMBA. This means our tenants live in permanent, affordable, and supportive housing. Our onsite social services are offered to all residents, regardless of whether or not they are formerly homeless, and include case management as well as connections to CAMBA’s city-wide programming.

What is supportive housing?

Supportive housing combines affordable housing with social services that help people who face complex challenges to live with stability, self-sufficiency, and dignity. The struggle to stay in a home or find affordable housing deeply affects a person’s ability to find a job, attend school, maintain good health, and raise children. The combination of CHV’s affordable housing developments and CAMBA’s life-changing support services for residents equals housing stability, safety, and opportunities to build stronger and brighter futures.

Emergency and Shelter Housing

offers temporary residence, safety, and protection from exposure to the weather for individuals or families experiencing homelessness.

Transitional Housing

provides temporary residential housing, congregate housing, or rental assistance in scattered site apartments to help individuals or families experiencing homelessness transition to permanent housing.

Affordable Housing

provides permanent rental housing below the market rate, or housing which the tenant pays no more than 30 percent of their gross income for rent and utilities.

Supportive Housing

provides permanent affordable housing coupled with social services to help people facing complex challenges live stable, independent, and healthy lives.

How can I find permanent housing?

Anyone looking for housing must apply through NYC Housing Connect, the portal to find and apply for affordable housing opportunities across the five boroughs of New York City. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and Housing Development Corporation (HDC) created this portal to make the affordable housing application process easier, more accessible, and user-friendly.

To learn more about New York City’s affordable housing programs or to get general information about housing in New York, please visit:

NYC 311: Affordable Housing

NYC Housing Connect

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)

How can I learn more about City programs?

New Yorkers have access to a broad range of programs and services through various city agencies. The New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) offers homelessness prevention support, access to safe shelters, child support services, and more. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) works to protect and promote New Yorkers’ health with programs ranging from access to vaccines and substance abuse treatment, to loneliness reduction and access to health insurance.

To learn more about New York City’s programs, please visit:

New York City Department of Homeless Services

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

How can I learn more about housing policy and advocacy?

The transformative impact affordable housing has on communities is widely recognized and many groups have come together to advocate for public policy that preserves, expands, and improves the development of supportive housing. CHV has partnered with organizations that advocate on the city, state, and federal levels of government.

To learn more about groups that share CHV’s mission of increasing the supply of affordable housing, please visit:

Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)

New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH)

New York Housing Conference

Citizens Housing Planning Council (CHPC)

Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development

Supportive Housing Network of NY (SHNNY)

Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition

National Low Income Housing Coalition