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In times of dire financial need, artists may find the following general social service, health/insurance and financial/business organizations of use. 


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Actors Fund Housing

In addition to offering affordable housing residencies to performing artists in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles, as well as an assisted living home in Englewood, New Jersey, the Fund offers seminars and webinars on how to find affordable housing, hosts an online housing resource center and bulletin board, and administers the Enterainment Assistance Program (EAP), which provides emergency financial assistance to maintain stable housing and prevent eviction for qualifiying entertainment professionals.

Phone: (212) 221-7300, ext. 126 

Email: Rebecca Sauer at [email protected]




ArtHome's mission is to help artists build assets and equity through financial literacy, homeownership, self-sufficiency and the responsible use of credit. The site offers a number of thorough online handbooks and links to relevant services. 

Email: [email protected]



Artist Relocation Program - Paducah, KY 

The Artist Relocation Program offers qualifying artists extremely low-cost ($1 and up) homes to renovate and use as live/work spaces. Qualified candidates are identified as persons in the field of art using a successful art business model. The artist must be able to demonstrate that their business produces sufficient sales and clients to support the artist while living/working in Paducah, KY.

Email: [email protected]



ArtistSpace - Boston

Administered by the Boston Redevelopment Authority, this program allocates affordable live/work and work only spaces to qualified artists in the Boston area. Artists must pass certification process in order to apply - application on the website. 

Telephone: (617) 918-4441

Email: [email protected]




Artspace is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations. One of the ways the organization serves its mission is to provide affordable live/work units for artists and their families as well as non-residential space for artists, arts organizations and creative enterprises. With headquarters in Minneapolis and offices in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington DC, Artspace runs a network of 33 affordable arts facilities in 13 states.

Phone: (612) 333-9012



Artspace Utah 

Artspace is a non-profit organization in Utah that creates affordable live and work space for artists, cultural organizations, nonprofits and others. They currently have 5 spaces with residential, live/work, and work spaces.

Phone: (801) 531-9378



Baltimore Artist Housing 

Website with information on artist housing in Baltimore - not all information is up to date. 


Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground offers affordable housing for low-income working professionals and the formerly homeless, some of whom live with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, or physical disabilities. In addition, most of their buildings offer a wide array of on-site support services, recreational activities, and amenities.

Central Intake Hotline: (800) 324- 7055

Curley School Artisan Apartments - Ajo, AZ 

The Curley School Artisan Apartments is a live/work space program run by International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA). Located in a converted historic public school in Ajo, Arizona, the residence is comprised of 30 affordable live/work rentals for artists, artisans and creative home businesses.

Phone: 520-387-8988



Common Ground - New York & Connecticut 

Common Ground is a nonprofit organization that creates affordable housing for low-income individuals, including artists, in New York and Connecticut. 

Phone: (212) 389-9300 

Email: [email protected]



Indy Indie Artist Colony - Indianapolis 

Indy Indie Artist Colony is the largest artist community in the state of Indiana. It has 72 artist live/work spaces starting at $420/month, an on-site art gallery, and many features geared towards artists. The community is reserved for active artists.

Indianapolis IN, 46202.

Phone: (317) 322-1322

Email: [email protected]


Listings Project 

The Listings Project is a free weekly email of real estate (live and/or work) and opportunities listings focused on the creative community that the artist Stephanie Diamond puts together. While there is a fee to post on the Listings Project, there is no cost to receive the weekly email. It is sent out every Wednesday morning. Though the service is open to posters anywhere, most listings are for New York City. 

Email: [email protected]



New York City Loft Tenants (NYCLT) 

NYCLT is organized by loft tenants for loft tenants to educate newcomers, advocate for tenants’ rights and improve the 2010 NYC Loft Law.  

Email: [email protected]


Online directory of government and nonprofit rental assistance programs for both immediate and long-term needs, organized by city and state.

St. Joe Lofts - New Orleans 

St. Joe Lofts offers affordable, income-restricted housing for artists, as well as exhibition and event space.

Phone: (504) 304-9669



United States Department of Housing and Development Rental Assistance 

This is the main hub for rental assistance, with information on public housing, tenant rights, and other federal housing programs across the country. 

Phone: (202) 708-1112 



Manhattan Plaza

Manhattan Plaza is a large residential complex in midtown Manhattan,New York City. It is open for performing artists earning at least 50% of their income from the performing arts for the last 3 consecutive years, residents of the Community Board #4, and residents 62 and older of the Community Chelsea board.  Currently the waiting list is closed, but to be notified when they are accepting applications, please write to:

NYC Affordable Housing Resource Center

On the New York City Affordable Housing Resource Center you will find information on all aspects of City housing, including renting an apartment, buying a home, and apartment maintenance issues. Through the website, you will also find all of the City's affordable housing lottery listings.


Schermerhorn House

Schermerhorn House provides 217 units of permanent, affordable housing for single adults, including formerly homeless, individuals with special needs, and low-income working tenants, including local actors and artists.

Contact: To request an application, write to:

Common Ground Community

Central Intake Unit

255 West 43rd Street

New York, NY 10036

Attn: Schermerhorn Application Request



The Palm View

The Palm View is a 40-unit apartment complex providing homes to low-income people with HIV/AIDS in West Hollywood, CA.

Contact: For more information, please call:

Coordinator of AIDS Initiative


Image: Julian Kreimer (Fellow in Painting '18)

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