“I think anything that makes it easier for the public to get access to information about housing resources is always a good thing,” said Jerilyn Perine, chair of the Citizens Housing and Planning Commission and a former housing commissioner. “As long as they have the traditional applications, this should be to the benefit of everybody.”

Ms. Perine even thought of one group of New Yorkers who might take a keener interest in such properties. “Will the hipsters move in, now that its online?” she wondered. “Well, theyre legally entitled, if they fit the criteria, but so is everyone else, and thats the wonderful thing about subsidized housing. I dont know that it will change anything about the make up affordable housing, except to make it easier for everyone to apply.”

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