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!

Housing Like an Ensemble of Artists

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!

Housing For Artists

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 Next we downloaded the PDF located here 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 Write Your Own Housing Story

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 Now write your own housing story.

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