A Proven Successful Method to Get Low Cost Housing for Artists in New York

What Kind of Artist Are You?

We are happy to say we have finally have a successful strategy you can use to get low cost housing for you if you are an artist of some kinds including visual or entertainment arts.

Match the Kind of Artist You are With Housing Opportunities that are for Your Art Form

How do you do this? You need to do what a friend of ours did. This person was a successful cellist who performed at places like Carnegie Hall. He got low cost housing for classical musicians in a great building in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, New York.

Seek and Ye Shall Receive

How did he do it? It was simple really once he knew what housing has been slotted for classical musicians. He put in an application to get into what is now his new place of residence. In other words, if you search carefully for housing for YOUR PARTICULAR ART FORM, whether you live in New York City or other New York State areas, you can find place to live that match the kind of artist you are. Granted, you are going to need to put in applications to the options you have in your area. Seek and ye shall receive!

The Roller Coaster Road of Finding Artist Housing

Low Income Level

Although the opportunity is now closed, we were happy to see several of our readers had found housing due to the low income level they had.

Frustration

This can be frustrating for those who did not score with that lottery. The feeling is that they are being punished because they make a bit more money than the tier allowed.

New President

Ironically, those with low incomes, often due not qualify for opportunities because their income level is too high. Maybe whoever becomes president will have a focus on artist housing for all.

Jumping for Joy

And for those got new income who are jumping for joy, congratulations.

Artists Making a Difference and Growing Older

The NYC Housing Lottery at the moment doesn’t look terrific for artists. The clouds are there and we are filming them, but looking to the heavens doesn’t seem to change our circumstance. Why is that? The Pandemic? Could be. There are other life and death problems that are focused on leaving  us creative types in the lurch.

So what is the solution? If an artist is living a marginal life with virtually no income, there is a chance she or he has access to programs that are meant for low income individuals.

All the rest of us who are on artistic paths must carry on with our work to help the people. Helping others is our lot in life, which is a good thing since we are fortunate to not have the worries of those who do not have much.

The Irony of Indoors

So in the middle of this Pandemic many people are staying in to avoid catching the virus and maybe dying from it. It’s literally a life and death issue. But wonder if you do not have somewhere to be inside? What do you do then.

Congratulations, there is a way in, the poorer you are the better. The city will not only give you food but an apartment, all this free if you are penniless. Or maybe you are working but not at a well paying job? Again the city can help you! You just have to make sure your level of income is low enough.

What do we have to learn about this in regards to artists such as filmmakers, dancers, fine artists and so on? This truly is one of the few times it is good to be a starving artist!

Actualize Your Goals

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Hang On

Are you experiencing inner pain about your business and career? Are you undergoing a bit of a breakdown as well as the sensation that  you are at the end of your rope? Well as President Roosevelt once said “…Tie a knot in it and hang on.”

Easily Actualize Your Goals

It can sometimes seem like the goals you have for yourself are too large to actualize. it helps to write down your long term goals and then to break these into tinier steps, next making even shorter steps under the tiny ones and so on, as detailed as you need. Once you have done this it can be easier to actualize your goals!

Good News

And here’s an interesting insight. No one else is better than you are, and unless someone is a sociopath, they experience the same feelings of insecurity that you do. It’s just that they push through these feelings and move forward anyway.

Have You Considered Going Outside of the City?

The KEY to living outside of the city as in this image, is to do a digital analysis of what you do creatively.

Outside of the Metropolis

Chances are you have considered going outside of the city with your artist housing. You may have even looked at places but couldn’t get over wanting to be directly in Manhattan. If you’re like me, even with everything that is going on, the Big Apple is my choice and only choice. But as I analyze the situation I begin to be able to see myself outside of the metropolis. Why now? Because of what is going on in America and our fine cities throughout the U.S.  To combat the confusion, explore digital like at DIYdigi.com. Even giving this though. the revolution is something to not take lightly.

Opening Doors

Let’s face it. There is a revolution happening. And in some ways it is a war zone with two sides. This makes your city our ours a less desirable place to be. Even if you believe in one side of the battle, you will clearly have problems getting anyone to come to your creative business or open the doors for you as an artist.

Take a Stab On the “Outside”

So the big question is, can you undergo digital transformation. If yes, then it would be easier to be outside of your favorite city.  Also, there’s still not a lot happening out there in terms of business. What is digital transformation? A simple way to think about it, although there’s more to it, is to ask yourself what components of what you do can be done digitally? The more that you can do digitally, the bigger your chances of succeeding even though living outside of Manhattan or wherever you live.

Dream of Artist Housing is Lost

A Dream Alone

It’s been 20 days since our last installment for this website dedicated to locating and creating housing lottery. We’ve had some successes but also a lot of losses. At this moment in time our dream of artist housing is lost. And although no blame is being put elsewhere but our dream alone is not enough.

Neighborhood with Opera Singers

We were seeking artist housing both for ourselves and others but we have it easier than most. We live in a beautiful part of Manhattan. I guess you could say we live in an artistic part of the city shared by musicians, filmmakers and opera singers.

No Sunlight

Even in this COVID-19 world we have been luckier than most. For nearly 3 months we have not gone outdoors. Except from dropping off recycling at bin 6 feet from the outside backdoor, we have not seen sunlight for as long.

A Question for You

I guess the question goes out to you. Are you still interested in establishing artist housing?

Being a Covid-19 Artist

It’s Hard Enough

It’s hard enough being an artist seeking housing in a big city, but it is even tougher being  a creative individual during a metropolis pandemic.

Better Times?

Our hearts go out to all practitioners of expression in these unusual days. People are losing work everywhere but especially in the case of those who have been bitten by a dream and were finding it hard enough acquiring shelter in so-called better times.

Temporary Solutions?

Our hope is that you won’t give up. But if you’ve had to leave the city for survival reasons we understand. Those of you who have left we hope to see you again soon. Peace be with you.

Is Housing in the Mind?


24/7
If you are living in New York City during this time then you know about the challenges of staying indoors 24/7 has on a person.

Progress
We have not made a lot of headway on the NYC Housing Lottery goal for artists, but we have discovered that creatives are very good at coping with COVID-19.

Creative Wherever You Go
Congratulations to artists of New York who have made good use of this time on their work. No matter where you live, you bring your creativity with you.

Be Creative About Pursuing Housing Options

Sometimes getting affordable housing is like solving a puzzle.


Managing the Challenge

Bottom line this website comes up on search engines as a place to get artist housing. For those of you who have not been following us, we’d determined that artist housing is very hard to find in New York. Even more difficult than other types such as being over 55 and so forth.

Position Yourself to Succeed

So what to do in this predicament? If you are a creative person looking for a comfortable home we will refer you to a few possibilities that you may not have heard of. The idea is to get on as many lists as possible. This way, through diversification, you stand a better chance of hitting the jackpot. For example age can sometimes play a part. Our friends at Over 50 USA say there is even housing for those 55 and above. The point is to to determine your niche and go for it.

Low Wages Can Be a Positive

And for those of you who have an income on the lower end, getting housing is all the easier because most of it has at least a section of their structure dedicated to folks who are earning low or no wages.

Options Available

Or if your goal is to buy, try this which is called Mitchell-Lama housing and more.

Middle Range Income

Having no hard proof of the following statement, we believe that getting good housing in New York unless you are near poverty level is tough. Though there are purchasing and rental opportunities in the city, if you make a middle range income, they will try to get much higher prices out of you.

Leave Room for What You Love

So be careful what you get yourself into. Artists need time for their work and not always trying to make a living with other kinds of work. Again, get on as many lists as possible so you have those home options that can lower your overall budget.

As the government states it on their housing website:

“Finding affordable housing opportunities that you may be eligible for by using tools on this site. They create affordable rent-stabilized apartments for households at a wide range of income levels and sizes.”

But they also say:

“Note: Applicants with a housing voucher or rental subsidy may still qualify even if they make less than the minimum income limits listed in a lottery advertisement.”

Leverage Being a Starving Artist

So if you truly are a starving artist with no or low income this could be your jackpot in terms of New York City housing opportunities.

Special thanks to Platinum PIAs for their input on this post.

In Search of Housing for Artists and an Actualization of Their Goals