Lottery Now Open for Hundreds of Affordable Units in East New York, Starting at $494 a Month

Gateway Elton III. Rendering via Hudson Companies


The lottery for a slew of newly constructed affordable housing units opened Saturday at Gateway Elton III, the third and final phase of East New York’s award-winning Gateway Elton affordable housing complex.

Gateway Elton III includes 259 units, all affordable, located at 1062 Elton Street and 474 Locke Street. (The latter address does not yet appear to be in Google Maps, possibly because the street is new.) Both buildings are mixed use, with ground-floor retail. They’re located just blocks from one of New York City’s largest federally subsidized housing complex, Spring Creek Towers, previously known as Starrett City.

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Gateway Elton Street Phase III. Rendering via Hudson Companies

Gateway Elton III contains 12 studios, 96 one-bedrooms, 80 two-bedrooms, 69 three-bedrooms, and two four-bedrooms. Families of one to eight people making between $18,275 and $71,760 annually qualify. Monthly rents are $494 to $641 for a studio, $532 to $847 for a one-bedroom, $647 to $1,025 for a two-bedroom, $745 to $1,182 for a three-bedroom, and $835 to $1,322 for a four-bedroom.

The development includes parking, a bike room and laundry rooms (for which additional fees apply), as well as a “Wi-Fi lounge” and fitness center, which are free to the community.

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Graph via NYC Housing Connect

Construction began early last year, and the project was funded with tax-exempt bonds through the HDC totaling $58.85 million. The second phase of the development, Gateway Elton Phase II, received the downstate project of the year award from the New York State Association for Affordable Housing in November 2015.

The architect of record is Dattner, an award-winning firm with a slew of other big projects in Brooklyn that is well known for its designs for affordable buildings and schools. The developers are Hudson Companies, which also developed the other two Gateway Elton phases, and CAMBA Housing Ventures, a Brooklyn-based housing affiliate and one of the social services providers for the project.

The buildings are smoke-free and feature rooftop solar panels.

The lottery is accepting applications through September 2.

Both the lotteries will set aside a percentage of units for mobility-disabled applicants and vision- or hearing-disabled applicants, and give preference to residents of Community Board 5 and municipal employees.

For more information and details on how to apply, see the development’s profile at NYC Housing Connect and Brownstoner’s comprehensive guide to applying for affordable housing.

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