Graduation Date

Fall 12-16-2016

Grading Professor

Mary Pilon

Subject Concentration


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


New York City offers substantial tax credits and subsidies to developers to entice them to include affordable housing units in their projects. The city oversees the random assigning of numbers for the affordable housing lottery through its online system, Housing Connect, but it cedes oversight of the process to developers and third-party managers — known as marketing agents — who use inconsistent and unclear screening measures when selecting applicants for buildings, sometimes rejecting those who actually qualify for these high-demand apartments. This article shows through examples of individual applicants how confusing the rules can be.

PRINT_QUIZ_Airoldi_Donna.pdf (74 kB)
Text of Quiz used in article

PHOTO_Airoldi_Donna_1.jpg (902 kB)
Photo of VIA development

PHOTO_Airoldi_Donna_2.jpg (642 kB)
Photo of Kenneth Nelson

PHOTO_Airoldi_Donna_3.jpg (1042 kB)
Photo of HCC

PHOTO_Airoldi_Donna_4.jpg (776 kB)
Photo of Julie Schwietert Collazo

PHOTO_Airoldi_Donna_5.jpg (1367 kB)
Photo of PS 186 building

PHOTO_Airoldi_Donna_6.jpg (753 kB)
Photo of Karis Danish

PHOTO_Airoldi_Donna_7.jpg (1005 kB)
Photo of 70 Charlton



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.