Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 41 Units in East New York, Starting at $590 a Month

Rendering via Magnusson Architecture and Planning


An affordable housing lottery has opened for 41 newly constructed units in a seven-story building at 463 Livonia Avenue in East New York, part of the second phase of the sprawling, long in the works Livonia Commons project.

Of the affordable apartments, there are 21 one-bedroom units, 18 two-bedroom units and two three-bedrooms. Monthly rents start at $590 and top out at $1,449.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 40 percent for four of the units, 50 percent for another four units and 60 percent for the remaining 33 units. Eligible incomes range between $22,800 and $79,440 for households of one to seven people.

A lottery for affordable units in the first phase of the project was launched in May 2015. A previous lottery for the second phase of the project was launched in September 2018.

There will 57 units total in the building. A community facility and commercial space will occupy the ground floor, and separate green roof terraces and residential roof decks will be located on the second and seventh floors.

The Livonia complex was built on vacant, city-owned land. To accommodate the large buildings in this project, the city had to upzone 10 blocks.

The site in 2008. Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

BRP Companies, HPD and HDC are the developers. The Local Development Corporation of East New York, a local organization, also partnered with the developers to “shape the development so it aligns with community needs,” according to a press release from 2016.

Christine Hunter of Magnusson Architecture and Planning is the architect of record, according to building permits.

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by December 3, 2019. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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