Multifamily Water Assistance Program

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in conjunction with HDC and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is offering a discount on water and sewer rates for eligible HDC or HPD-assisted affordable multifamily housing projects. Eligible projects can receive a $250 credit per residential unit on their fiscal year 2017 water and sewer bill(s) on a first-come, first-served basis as enrollment is limited. All three of the following eligibility criteria must be met.


Eligibility Criteria



  • Rent Affordability: Average collectable rents (rental buildings) or maintenance fees (co-ops) for the project must be affordable to households earning up to 60% of Area Median Income (AMI), using a Certified Rent Roll, effective as of the date of application.
  • Use Restriction: Projects must have an executed and recorded regulatory agreement or equivalent document with HDC or HPD with a minimum of 15 years remaining that restricts 100% of the residential units.The project can have income limits higher than 60% of AMI as long as the average collected rent is affordable to those earning up to 60% of AMI.



  • All buildings must demonstrate efficient water usage either through compliance with the Multifamily Conservation Program (MCP) or as evidenced by paying a metered water rate. Buildings that take the necessary steps to become compliant with the MCP conservation measures before the application deadline may apply. Buildings must be compliant with all applicable DEP and Water Board regulations.



  • All buildings must be in good standing with the City, by demonstrating current payments, payment plans or evidence of engagement with the City to address these issues. HDC or HPD Asset Management will consider projects not current on their DEP & DOF bills on a case-by-case basis.


Projects are made up of a building or cluster of buildings which are covered by the same HDC or HPD-issued regulatory agreement. Each building within an income-qualified project must meet the program eligibility rules. Buildings with less than 4 residential units will not receive the credit.

There is a limit to the number of buildings that can receive the discount, which will be awarded in the order that eligible and complete applications are received. The agencies reserve the right to prioritize high-need projects should program demand exceed the enrollment cap. Refer to the application notice for full application criteria.

Projects can apply for the discounted water rate by submitting the Multifamily Water Assistance Program Application, including all attachments listed in the checklist below, to the email address listed in the application form. Projects must submit the completed application, including all attachments by October 20, 2017. Submission instructions are listed in the project application and vary by project.


Application Submission Checklist

  • Part A: Completed Application
    • A1: Signed, Completed Application Form
    • A2: Rent Roll Tab
  • Part B: HDC/HPD Regulatory Agreement
    • B1: Recorded Regulatory Agreement from ACRIS or
    • B2: Use Restriction Agreement (for City-assisted Mitchell Lama buildings only)
  • Part C: Proof of MCP Conservation Compliance (for buildings on the MCP rate)
  • Part D: Current DEP Water & Sewer Bill (accessible through My DEP Account)
  • Part E: Current DOF Property Tax Bill (Quarterly Statement)