Yianni Stamas says the Awards Show for People Seeking Artists Housing is the Platinum Pias

The awards show for people seeking artist’s housing is the Platinum Pias. Why? Because each year the Platinum Pias attracts artist entrepreneurs and it is artist entrepreneurs who are most likely to successfully get housing. This is because they are both creative and can also think like business people.

If you would like to find out what the Platinum Pias are all about and are in the New York area, go here now.

Platinum Pias in a Little Over a Week

We’ve slowed down on our entries, but we’ve got a great excuse. We’ve been working on one of the most important artists events that happens every year in NYC – the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists that will be occurring on Monday, March 20th that is in a little over a week!

Because our “NYC Housing Lottery” readers are interested in “all things artist” we wanted to extend an invitation to you to attend the awards. To find out more about the Platinum Pias please visit this MovieProcess.org blog entry.

Artist’s Housing – Time for a Report

Over the last week or so we’ve been primarily concentrating on receiving applications in the mail from buildings and then filling out these forms. What is our big takeaway?

Well, it is that there certainly are many opportunities for artists in the “NYC Housing Lottery” world, but if you are an artist who wants to find a space to live it is best if you are truly a “Starving Artist.”

What do we mean by that? The answer is that you must truly have a low income to qualify for these great apartments. Very low. So for those artists who have low incomes this is great news but for those artists with “medium” incomes, not so great news.

Speaking of artists, just a reminder that the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists in NYC is going to be exactly two weeks from today. There is more information on this go-to event on the Platinum Pias website.

Challenges

As we progress further with this project the two biggest disappointments are:

  1. You have to have a very low income to qualify for low rents.
  2. Some of the places – in fact we’ve gotten 3 of these – want you to pay a $200 application fee and sometimes be expected to wait 5-7 years.

So what is the conclusion? Just to keep moving forward!

Still Going

Hi.

We dropped off the map for a couple of days but we are still going. Three application requests per day still seems reasonable and today we did four.

We’re discovering that the filling out the application itself does take time, so maybe just one of those a day.

Just suggestions and what we’re doing.

How is your artist apartment hunting going?

Let us know!

Don’t Forget the Stamps

It seems most of the housing management companies we’re contacting want SASEs (Self Addressed Stamped Envelopes) which of course means being sure you have a lot of stamps. Also, we’re finding the process at times challenging (coming up with reasons not to do it) so to combat that, maybe set a minimum amount of letters you will do a day – such as three. That’s the number we’ve been using and it is going pretty well. Good luck!

One Note Artist Housing Seeking

Not to be a one note artist housing seeker, but the NYC Housing Lottery PDF from several days ago continues to be valuable. Today we called all the leads we had targeted yesterday from the PDF. Most places answered their phone and were forthcoming with how to apply for housing. The majority of the calls were to property managers who wanted SASEs (Self Addressed Stamped Envelopes) sent. Plus, we’ve already started getting responses!

It’s All

It’s all – or rather – it’s all about the PDF.

The NYC Housing Lottery PDF I got a couple of days ago is still in use!  As mentioned, this PDF covers all five boroughs. At first there was one main borough that we wanted to seek an apartment in, but then in time we realized that there was another borough we were interested in too. So today we went through the PDF again and copied and pasted from the list to make a new list of just this borough.

We’ve barely begun the journey of finding artist’s housing and already it is almost overwhelming. But if one keeps one’s eye on the prize and simply gets through daily activities (or even just a few a week) there is certain to be a happy ending! If you are following along with us, keep going, we’ll get there!

The Art of Sealing Envelopes

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!

In Search of Housing for Artists