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HPD COMMISSIONER MARIA TORRES-SPRINGER AND HDC PRESIDENT ENDERLIN ANNOUNCE HOUSING LOTTERY FOR 104 AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS IN MANHATTAN NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
The lottery is for 145 Clinton Street at Essex Crossing, a new construction development affordable to individuals earning as little as $19,680 for an individual
The Essex Crossing development includes a preference for former site tenants of the Seward Park Extension Urban Renewal Area (SPEURA) with proof of address between the years of 1965-1973
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 today announced the opening of the Housing Connect lottery for 104 affordable apartments at Essex Crossing Site 5 located at 145 Clinton Street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.
Lottery applications are being accepted for 40 studio apartments, 17 one-bedroom apartments, 42 two-bedroom, and 5 three-bedroom apartments.
This mixed-income project will be affordable to a variety of households with rents affordable to retirees and people on public assistance as well as civil servants, first responders, nurses and teachers. Some rents will be as low as $519 a month for a studio apartment and $775 a month for a three-bedroom apartment.
“We are excited to announce the opening of the housing lottery for the first residential building in this long-awaited development. HPD and HDC have worked diligently alongside development partners, community representatives, and elected officials to ensure an open flow of information about the marketing process for this development and will continue to do so,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “I encourage residents to review the lottery details and to apply for an opportunity to live in this development.”
"This mixed-use, mixed-income development at Essex Crossing provides an anchor of affordability on the Lower East Side,” said HDC President Eric Enderlin. “Essex Crossing Site 5 will be home to individuals and families of a wide-range of incomes and offers an abundance of community and park space, shopping, restaurants, transportation, and even a movie theater at its doorstep. I encourage all interested applicants to visit the Housing Connect website to review eligibility requirements and submit their applications for 145 Clinton Street before the May 1, 2017 deadline.”
This building is being constructed under HPD’s Mix and Match Program and HDC’s Mixed Income Program and will be affordable to very low-, low-, moderate-, and middle-income households. Eligible households include individuals earning as little as $19,680 annually; two- person households earning a minimum of $21,086 annually; three- to four-person households earning a minimum of $25,166 annually; and five- to six-person households earning as low as $29,143 annually.
Information on eligibility and application details for 145 Clinton Street can be found here.
The deadline for applying is May 1, 2017. Eligible applicants who have been selected can expect to start moving into their new homes by September 2017.
“This is a moment that has been decades in the making. Finally, we are seeing the first of what will be hundreds of units of safe, accessible, and affordable housing come to fruition in the heart of the Lower East Side,” said New York City Council Member Margaret S. Chin. “As we mark the beginning of this housing lottery for Site 5, I encourage Lower East Side residents and former site tenants to apply for this new housing opportunity. Many thanks to HPD, HDC, and Community Board 3 for helping our City achieve this important milestone.”
"As construction continues at Essex Crossing, it is critical for the community to be aware of the housing resources that are now becoming available at this development," said Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou. "We need to continue to push for the preservation and expansion of affordable housing in lower Manhattan, so I urge constituents to apply for the housing opportunities at Essex Crossing."
"Affordability continues to be a major challenge for the Lower East Side, and more affordable housing opportunities continue to be a priority," said State Senator Daniel Squadron. "I hope community members will look into these opportunities and apply. Thank you to HPD, HDC, CB3, and my colleagues in government."
A percentage of units will be set aside for applicants with mobility disabilities (5%) and vision or hearing disabilities (2%). Preference for 50% of the units will be given to residents of Manhattan Community Board 3 (CB3) and priority for 50% of the CB3 preference will be given to former site tenants of the Seward Park Extension Urban Renewal Area (SPEURA). Preference for 5 percent of the units will be given to municipal employees.
Informational sessions regarding the lottery and former site resident outreach for those displaced from the urban renewal area between the years of 1965 and 1973 are being led by HPD and a taskforce convened by Delancey Street Associates. Participants include HPD, HDC, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Manhattan Community Board 3, New York City Council Member Margaret Chin, the Manhattan Borough President, and Delancey Street Associate’s community partner Grand Street Settlement.
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 handbook of marketing policies and procedures 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.
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):
HDC is the nation’s largest municipal Housing Finance Agency and is charged with helping to finance the creation or preservation of affordable housing under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York plan. Since 2003, HDC has financed more than 120,000 housing units using over $13.7 billion in bonds, and provided in excess of $1.6 billion in subsidy from corporate reserves. HDC ranks among the nation’s top issuers of mortgage revenue bonds for affordable multi-family housing on Thomson Reuter’s annual list of multi-family bond issuers. In each of the last four consecutive years, HDC’s annual bond issuance has surpassed $1 billion. For additional information, visit: http://www.nychdc.com