FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 27, 2017
CONTACT: Juliet Pierre-Antoine, morrisj@hpd.nyc.gov
Stephanie Mavronicolas, smavronicolas@nychdc.com 

 

HPD COMMISSIONER TORRES-SPRINGER AND HDC PRESIDENT ENDERLIN ANNOUNCE HOUSING LOTTERY FOR 25 AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS IN BROOKLYN

The lottery is for a new construction development located at 603 Mother Gaston Boulevard in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn

Apartments are affordable to individuals earning as little as $31,989 for an individual and up to $54,360 for a household of four

 

New York, NY – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer and New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Eric Enderlin announced the opening of the Housing Connect lottery for 25 affordable apartments at 603 Mother Gaston Boulevard in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Lottery applications are being accepted for 20 one-bedroom apartments with monthly rents of $876 and 5 two-bedroom apartments with monthly rents of $1,058.

“This new CAMBA development couples long-term affordable housing with vital on-site services ranging from job training and financial literacy to health care access,” said HDC President Eric Enderlin.  “I encourage low-income New Yorkers to review the eligibility requirements on Housing Connect and apply for one of 25 beautiful new affordable homes in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn before the deadline.” 

The apartments will be affordable to low income households and are eligible to individuals and two-person households earning as little as $31,989 annually and three- and four-person households earning as little as $38,263 annually. This building is being constructed under the HPD and HDC ELLA program, the NYS Homes and Community Renewal Homes for Working Families program, and the NYS Office of Temporary Disability Assistance Homeless Housing Assistance program.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of the lottery for 25 affordable apartments in Brownsville. Future residents can expect long term affordable housing as well as on-site social services in this brand new development,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “I encourage all eligible applicants to review the lottery details and apply for the opportunity to live in one of these affordable homes.”

On-site social services will be available to all residents for financial literacy, healthcare access, employment services, education/job training and family services. These services will be provided by CAMBA, one of Brooklyn’s largest community-based social service non-profit organizations.  Building amenities also include 24-hour front desk security, a computer training center, and community space.

Information on eligibility and application details for 603 Mother Gaston Boulevard can be found here.

The deadline for applying is May 24, 2017. Eligible applicants who have been selected can expect to start moving into their new homes by June 2017.

A percentage of units will be set aside for mobility (5%) and vision or hearing (2%) disabled applicants. Preference for 50% of the units will be given to residents of Brooklyn Community District 16. Preference for 25% of the units will go to NYCHA-affiliated applications, including current residents of Van Dyke Houses, current NYCHA residents residing in Brooklyn Community District 16, current residents of other NYCHA developments, and current NYCHA Section 8 voucher holders.  Preference for 5 percent of the units will be given to municipal employees.

More information on all available apartments and instructions on how to apply to the City’s affordable housing lottery are available in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, and Spanish on the NYC Housing Connect website here: NYC Housing Connect.

Learn more about the affordable housing lottery process and other available housing lotteries by visiting the links below:

Since its 2013 launch, NYC Housing Connect has simplified the city’s housing lottery process. The website allows New Yorkers to fill out a single online profile, which can be used to apply to multiple new housing lotteries. That profile can be saved and edited, eliminating the need to fill out individual paper applications for upcoming lotteries.

In October, 2016, Mayor de Blasio announced changes to the City’s marketing guidelines designed to ensure that City-assisted affordable housing reaches the New Yorkers who need it most. Important changes to the policies include ending developers and leasing agents’ ability to deny applications based solely on credit scores; new standards for homeless shelter referrals to account for special challenges faced by these households; strictly limiting the ability of landlords to deny an applicant based only on their exercising due process rights in housing court; and imposing limits on personal assets. These changes are the most recent in a series of adjustments by the de Blasio Administration to increase information accessibility and transparency to the housing lottery process.

Registered applicants are notified via email when new lotteries are posted to the Housing Connect site. Instructions on how to submit a paper application are also available, and listed in each housing lottery advertisement. Applicants may not submit both a paper application and a web application for the same project.

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About the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD):

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough Ten-Year Plan to create and preserve 200,000 affordable units for New Yorkers at the very lowest incomes to those in the middle class. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NYCHousing.

 

About the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC):

In 1971, the New York State Legislature created the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) as a supplementary and alternative means of supplying financing for affordable housing that was independent from the City's capital budget. The flexibility built into HDC’s authorizing statute allows it to amend its programs and goals in response to the changing economic climate. As a result, HDC has become the leading local housing finance agency in the nation, outperforming many of the nation’s largest banks in the volume and dollar amount of bonds issued. Since 2014, HDC has leveraged more than $4.5 billion in bond financing and devoted more than $480 million in direct subsidy from its corporate reserves to support Mayor de Blasio’s housing plan. For additional information, visit: http://www.nychdc.com