Today was an exercise in the art of writing and sealing envelopes. We took all the addresses we selected from the PDF from yesterday and sent them SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelopes).
We believe that this entire project of finding affordable housing for artists is itself going to be an exercise in tenacity and patience. Even just the act of sending envelopes to seven property managers (two of them from from the original nine from yesterday took our address over the phone) was a bit challenging.
But the key seems to be to pace yourself and don’t give yourself too much to do on a daily basis. Keep it focused and consistent!
Hi everyone. Wanted to give you an update on our “housing for artists” activities today.
Today felt much like trying to audition for an existing and seemingly closed ensemble of artists. What happened is that we called all of the nine leads we had gotten from the PDF and each lead had a different way of handling getting out applications for apartments. Some had voicemail systems that lead to telling you to send a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) and others actually answered the phone and took your information. Several made it clear there were waiting lists for anywhere from 5 to 20 years. But just as art is a process, so is this. And in time, even if it does take years, you will be a part of the ensemble!
We’re only a couple days in to the process and already we are getting leads on housing for artists. Here’s what we did. First we signed up for Housing Connect located here https://a806-housingconnect.nyc.gov/nyclottery/lottery.html#ml-register. Next we downloaded the PDF located here https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdf/renters-mitchell-lama/ML-waiting-Lists-Status.pdf. Once acquiring the PDF we cut and pasted into a text document the places that most interested us. In our case it is Manhattan. But artists can live all over NYC with artist’s housing choices including the Bronx, Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn. Our plan for tomorrow is to call the leads we gleaned today. Happy hunting!
Artists, in the end you write your own story. Whether you have affordable housing or not is equal to the amount of work you put into it. For an artist to achieve having a place to live that frees her or him to be able to focus on her or his art, requires an effort. It also necessitates starting in the first place. Follow this link for a good place to begin https://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/2076/new-york-city-housing-lottery. Now write your own housing story.
Oh yes, and another thing, we are grateful for the help of Lights Camera Read in this undertaking.
This blog is going to document the process of getting affordable housing here in New York City. It is our hope that through showing our journey we will be helping other people, especially artists, get housing as well.