Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 20 Units in Brownsville, Starting at $571 a Month

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An affordable housing lottery has opened for 20 newly constructed units in an eight-story building at 212 Hegeman Avenue, between Watkins Street and Mother Gaston Boulevard, in Brownsville.

All of the affordable units in this lottery are studios. Monthly rents start at $571 and top out at $707.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 50 percent for four of the units and 60 percent for the remaining 16. Eligible incomes range between $21,978 and $51,240 for households of one to two people.

The property was formerly a vacant lot owned by the city. There are a total of 71 units in the building—the 20 available in this lottery are open to the public while the remaining 51 will be supportive housing units set aside for low income or formerly homeless individuals or families with special needs, who are referred by city agencies according to the lottery advertisement.

A laundry room, tenant activity room, computer room and storage for four bikes can be found in the cellar. There’s an office for a nonprofit on the ground floor, and 10 units per floor on the remaining levels above.

William Stein of Dattner Architects is the applicant of record. The firm is well known for affordable housing work and designed the Prospect Plaza affordable complex in Ocean Hill, the planned 14-story building that will cantilever over the landmarked Empire State Dairy at 2840 Atlantic Avenue in East New York and the development happening behind the landmarked Dean Sage House in Crown Heights. They also designed another affordable building called The Hegeman just a few blocks away at 39 Hegeman Avenue.

CAMBA Housing Ventures, which also specializes in affordable housing, is the developer.

The property in July 2008. Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by February 10, 2020. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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