Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for Three Units in Bushwick, Starting at $1,979 a Month

20 Jefferson Street in September 2017. Photo via Google Maps


An affordable housing lottery has opened for three units in a new four-story building at 20 Jefferson Street in Bushwick, on the site of what was formerly a 19th century wood frame townhouse.

Of the affordable apartments, there’s a single one-bedroom and a pair of two-bedrooms. Rents start at $1,979 a month for the one-bedroom and top out at $2,387 a month for a two-bedroom apartment.

The lottery is set an area median income range of 130 percent. Eligible incomes range between $67,852 and $146,510 for households of one to five people.

Olabanji B. Awosika is the architect of record. The building has eight units total, and the only amenity appears to be a laundry room. Looking at photos of the exterior, there appears to be a roof deck, although it’s not listed in building permits and not clear if it’s open to all tenants.

Awosika designed similar looking buildings at 1119 St. Marks Avenue in Crown Heights and 735 Greene Avenue in Bed Stuy.

Photo by Myspace NYC

Photo via Myspace NYC

Leasing for market-rate units began in May of 2017, with rents starting at $2,350 for a one-bedroom with one bathroom. That’s $37 less than an affordable two-bedroom.

Photo by Myspace NYC

Photo via Myspace NYC

Based on the listing photos, all the units have hardwood floors throughout. Some of the kitchens have a combination of white and wood grain cabinets. There are balconies on some of the units as well.

20 Jefferson Street in 2011. Photo by Nicholas Strini for StreetEasy

20 Jefferson Street in 2011. Photo by Nicholas Strini for StreetEasy

Zohar Zauber is the owner. He purchased the lot for $400,000 in 2014, according to building permits. It is around the corner from two fanciful Victorian buildings — the former St. Mark’s Lutheran School and Evangelical Church —- which just had their own affordable lottery affordable lotteries.

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by September 5. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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