Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 125 Units in Brownsville, Starting at $367 a Month

Rendering by SLCE Architects


An affordable housing lottery has opened for a whopping 125 newly constructed units in a 12-story building at 405 Dumont Avenue in Brownsville. The building, known as Van Dyke III, is part of the Van Dyke Houses campus.

Of the affordable apartments, there are 18 studios, 52 one-bedroom units, 33 two-bedroom units and 22 three-bedroom units. Monthly rents start at $367 and top out at $1,472.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 30 percent for 18 of the units, 40 percent for an additional 18 units, 50 percent for another 18 units after that and 60 percent for the remaining 71 units. Eligible incomes range between $15,086 and $84,600 for households of one to seven people.

Permits show there will be a total of 180 apartments in the building. On the ground floor will be an urgent health care clinic, a wellness center and an early childhood care facility (which also occupies space in the cellar, along with parking for 91 bicycles and a laundry room). Apartments are on the floors above, with outdoor space and indoor community space on the setback roof at the 10th floor and a flex community room on the eleventh floor. Solar panels will be found on the roof.

The building takes the place of a former parking lot for the Van Dyke Houses.

The site in November 2019. Photo via Google Maps

Saky Yakas of SLCE Architects is the applicant of record. Elsewhere in the borough, the firm designed the condo tower currently under construction at 1 Boerum Place in Downtown Brooklyn and the latest phase of the Nehemiah Spring Creek development in East New York, which had an affordable lottery in November.

Rendering by SLCE Architects

Trinity Financial, The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, The New York City Housing Development Corporation and the New York City Housing Authority are behind the project.

The site in October 2014. Photo via Google Maps

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by February 1, 2021. Apply through NYC Housing Connect.

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