Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 240 Units in East New York, Starting at $395 a Month

Rendering by Magnusson Architecture and Planning


An affordable housing lottery has opened for a whopping 240 newly constructed units in three buildings that are part of the second phase of East New York’s Livonia Commons complex, located at 453 Hinsdale Avenue, 500 Livonia Avenue and 487 Livonia Avenue.

This phase of the complex also includes a fourth building, located at 463 Hinsdale Street, which is not included in this lottery.

Of the affordable apartments in the seven-story buildings, there are 36 studios, 105 one-bedroom units, 57 two-bedroom units and 42 three-bedroom units. Monthly rents start at $395 and top out at $1,339.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 30 percent for 14 of the units, 40 percent for 36 units, 50 percent for another 36 units and 60 percent for the remaining 144 units. Eligible incomes range between $15,429 and $72,600 for households of one to six people.

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.

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.

Rendering by Magnusson Architecture and Planning

Rendering by Magnusson Architecture and Planning

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

The buildings at 487 and 500 Livonia will each have 90 units in total; the building at 453 Hinsdale will have a total of 62 units. Each building will also include a mix of community facilities and commercial space on the ground floor.

The site in May 2017. Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

The site in May 2017. Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by November 21. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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