Homes & Community

Division of Housing and Community Renewal

Division of Housing and Community Renewal


HCR's Division of Housing and Community Renewal is responsible for the supervision, maintenance, and development of affordable low-and moderate-income housing in New York State. DHCR performs a number of activities, including oversight and regulation of the State's public and publicly assisted rental housing; administration of the State's rent regulations and protection of rent regulated tenants; and administration of housing development and community preservation programs, including State and Federal grants and loans to housing developers to finance construction and renovation of affordable housing.

Community Renewal

Community Renewal programs provide resources to eligible municipalities and non-profit organizations across the State to help strengthen neighborhoods, rehab and improve housing stock, increase access to affordable housing, and beautify New York's downtowns and Main Streets.


Visit our Community Renewal page.

Fair and Equitable Housing Office

The mission of FEHO is to ensure New Yorkers have an equal opportunity to live in housing they desire and can afford regardless of race, color, familial status, religion, sex, disabilities, national origin, marital status, age, and sexual orientation.


Visit our Fair and Equitable Housing Office page.

Housing Operations

The Office of Housing Operations consists of the Housing Management, Housing Audits & Accounts, and Architecture & Engineering Bureaus. These Bureaus supervise DHCR's portfolio of developments built under the Mitchell-Lama, Limited Dividend, Public Housing, Housing Trust Fund, Turnkey and Low-Income Housing Credit programs. In addition to its regulatory functions, Housing Operations also is responsible for administration of the HUD Section 8 Program, which provides rental assistance to very low-income families across the State.


Learn more about the Mitchell Lama program.


Learn more about the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.

Office of Rent Administration

The Office of Rent Administration is a leading preserver of affordable housing and is responsible for administering rent regulations covering privately owned buildings in many municipalities in New York State.

These regulations limit rent increases, require lease renewals, provide for the maintenance of services/repairs, allow for rent increases for apartment and building improvements and prevent harassment and unwarranted evictions.

Please access our Rent Housing pages for detailed information on any of the following topics:

  • Publications
  • Documentos en Español
  • Online Services
  • Forms
  • Registration Instructions, Forms & Applications
  • Regulations/Amendments

Rental Housing Information for Tenants Page

Rental Housing Information for Owners Page

Office of Rent Administration Page

Tenant Protection Unit

The Tenant Protection Unit preserves affordable housing by detecting and curtailing patterns and practices of landlord fraud and harassment through audits, investigations, and impactful legal actions. The TPU also encourages compliance by informing tenants and owners of their rights and responsibilities under the rent regulation laws.


Learn more about the Tenant Protection Unit.