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Facing the Reality of Artist Housing in New York City

The Reality of Artist Housing Sinks in

Dear artists, this website was created with the best of intentions, which was to find for you  affordable housing. Unfortunately, our discovery was that for those folks lucky enough to have a job to help support them while they develop their art, are snubbed by housing providers. This is because their very low income is still high enough that they miss the boat. This is great news of course for the homeless community (deservedly so)  and literal “starving artists” whose survival is based on government subsidies. Those populations deserve and should be provided with housing, but unfortunately there is demographic of creatives who are often overlooked.

There Does Not Appear to be Middle Ground

Sadly, those who are working at a job or are having some success as a creator, are finding it difficult to locate affordable housing. And the distressing part of this is that the housing they do qualify for, often consist of “opportunities” outside of their reach because the prices involved are just too high!

Self -Empowerment

So yet again, those creatives who are in the middle of the income bracket, lose out! Their only hope is to create living accommodation opportunities for themselves since the government clearly will not. The determination of artists developing housing opportunities for themselves include a west coast work-in-progress where an artist purchased a building and then rented out living/creating spaces at prices that were within grasp of creatives!

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.