Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 143 Units in East New York, Starting at $426 a Month

Rendering via Monadnock Development


A staggering 143 units have opened up in a new affordable housing lottery at 475-510 Vandalia Avenue, part of the Nehemiah Spring Creek project in East New York. And in what is becoming a rarity for these kinds of lotteries, the units offer a range of deep affordability.

Sitting on 45 acres of former wetlands, and later landfill, it is part of a project that has been in the works for many years. Nehemiah HDFC, the development offshoot of nonprofit East Brooklyn Congregations, put together the first three phases of the project; the next two phases—which were delayed—were developed in collaboration with Monadnock Development, and will bring a total of 320 affordable units.

Photo by Monadnock Development

Available are four studios, 17 one-bedroom units, 116 two-bedroom units and six three-bedroom units. Monthly rents start at $426 a month and top out at $1,660.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 30 percent for 16 of the units, 40 percent for another 16 units, 50 percent for another 16, 60 percent for 48 units and 90 percent for the remaining 47 units. Eligible incomes range between $16,629 and $93,870 for households of one to six people.

Michael S. Gelfand, the vice president and treasurer of MHG Architects, is the architect of record. The complex includes an on-site superintendent, custom bathroom cabinetry and solid surface countertops, card-operated laundry and limited on-site parking for an extra fee.

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by June 17, 2019. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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