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    Updated November 8, 2012

Affordable Housing Options NY/NJ/CA

Looking for Affordable Housing Options?

The Actors Fund Can Help

Are you looking for affordable housing? Here are just a few ways The Actors Fund can help all Equity members prepare to find it.

Housing Seminars

To start your search, attend The Fund’s “Finding Affordable Housing in NYC” seminar. Learn who’s eligible and how to apply for the City’s many affordable and middle income residences.

Hear about some of the best opportunities becoming available in the next year such as Gotham West, a 1,238 unit residence in Hell’s Kitchen, the backyard of Broadway, with 250 low income and 432 middle income units, set to open in 2013. This brand new development will occupy an entire city block and applications will be available in early fall.

Most importantly, this seminar should help you understand how best to position yourself by learning what landlords are looking for regarding your credit scores, rental histories, earnings and tax returns.

Upcoming seminar on December 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Reservations not necessary. You can just show up to The Actors Fund offices at 729 7th Avenue, 10th Floor. Also coming in January 2013 is the next “Home Buyer Readiness Seminar”, where you can learn all about how to prepare yourself for home ownership and take advantage of lucrative first-time home buyer programs.

Housing Resource Center

The Fund’s online Housing Resource Center provides information on affordable housing, roommate opportunities, temporary housing, tenants’ rights and housing court.

Housing Bulletin Board

The Fund’s online Housing Bulletin Board allows the entertainment community to post housing availabilities and search for places to live. For those looking to/for a sublet, a roommate, something temporary or permanent, check it out.

Actors Fund Buildings

The Actors Fund has two affordable housing facilities right here in New York City: The Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence in mid-town Manhattan (which houses The Fund’s Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic for anyone in the performing arts who is uninsured), and The Schermerhorn in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn (which includes a 2,000 sq. foot performing arts center). Visit to download an application.

Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation (AFHDC)

AFHDC is working to develop more affordable, supportive and senior housing for the performing arts community. Looking to the future, AFHDC is currently conducting a survey of the visual and performing arts community in the New York City/New Jersey region to help gather information for the development of affordable artists’ rental housing in Rahway, NJ. Visit to take the 10-minute survey, and you’ll help make this building a reality. Your responses are vital and will assist in determining project financing, design, amenities and more.

In Los Angeles, AFHDC has joined forces with Artspace to develop 100 units of affordable housing in downtown Los Angeles for the arts and entertainment community. The proposed “Broadway Arts Center” would offer affordable artists’ housing, performance and exhibition space, and support for the street’s historic theatres. This project has attracted foundation support including a grant from MusiCares and is part of the LA Department of Cultural Affairs initiative to support the development of the Broadway Cultural Quarter. You can download the preliminary reports about the project at

So if you are you looking for affordable housing, visit The Actors Fund. They can help prepare you to find it. For more information, visit or call 212.221.7300 ext. 119 today.

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