Amsterdam Housing Authority

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Frequently Asked Questions for Public Housing

To protect the health and safety of its residents, the Amsterdam Housing Authority has implemented a No-smoking policy effective January 1, 2016.

Q: Is there a waiting list?

A: Yes, applicants for each of our complexes are placed on a waiting list, according to bedroom size. The size unit for which your family qualifies is determined by your household composition. Our apartments are rented on a first-come, first-serve basis, so we encourage you to file your application as soon as possible. When your name approaches the top of the waiting list, we will notify you by mail.

Applications are available ON-LINE ONLY. Go to the Applications page to apply now.

Applications will not be accepted via mail, fax or in person.

Q: Do I have to update my Application?

A: Yes. You are required to keep your application up to date. Any changes from the original application must be submitted in writing directly to the Public Housing Office.

If we cannot contact you at the address listed on the application, then your name may be removed from the waiting list & you will have to re-apply.

To report the change, you may use the Change of Information Form or write a letter with the information that needs to be updated. You must include the head of household’s full name and Social Security number as well as the confirmation number of your receipt on any request to change your waiting list application.

All changes should be sent to:

Amsterdam Housing Authority

PH Waitlist Update

52 Division Street

Amsterdam, New York 12010

or via email to:

Q: What is included in the rent?

A: Rent at our senior complexes includes electric, heat, and lights. Our families are responsible to pay their own utilities. Each unit includes a range and a refrigerator. Basic and expanded basic cable television is offered at a reduced rate, and is payable with the monthly rent.

Q: How long is the lease for?

A: The dwelling is an annual lease. Should you choose to move, you need to come into the office to sign a 30-day Notice to Vacate.

Q: Can I have pets?

A: Yes. There is a pet policy in effect that allows certain types of household pets. No dogs are allowed on AHA premises at any time, which include visiting pets as well.

Q: Is the complex on a bus line?

A: Yes, city buses provide transportation for AHA tenants. School buses pick up children at our Garden Apartment family complex.

Q: What documents do I need to bring with me when I come for an interview?

A: You are required to bring in copies of social security cards and birth certificates for every member of your household listed on the application.

Q: Is the AHA located in a safe neighborhood?

A: Yes! We are very proud of our apartment complex. Not only do we keep it neat and clean, but it is a great place to raise your family. We make the safety of our residents a top priority.

Q: What do I need at time of move-in?

A: When your apartment is ready, we will schedule a move-in appointment to sign a lease. At this time you will need to pay your first month’s rent and security deposit, which is equal to one month’s gross rent. If moving into our family units, you must also be prepared to put the utility bill in your name.

Q: Did we miss something?

A: If you have any questions, want more information, please call us at (518) 842-2894.