Affordable Housing Lottery Now Open for Williamsburg Units Starting at $756 a Month

7 Stagg Street. Rendering by Joseph Vance Architects


A new affordable housing lottery has opened in Brooklyn, this time for 13 newly constructed units spread across Williamsburg and Bushwick.

The units are located in five separate developments at 568 Graham Avenue, 7 Stagg Street, 40 Scholes Street, 198 Montrose Avenue and 44 Morgan Avenue. Eligible households must make between $30,446 to $60,120, depending on family size. The six single-bedrooms will rent for either $756 or $913 monthly, the three two-bedrooms for either $907 or $1096, and the four three-bedrooms will all go for $1,265.

At the five Williamsburg properties, preference will be given to residents of Brooklyn CB1, municipal employees and applicants with visual, hearing or mobility impairments.

The new ‘Burg units contrasts starkly with the significantly higher eligibility requirements at 250 Ashland Place, another Brooklyn development which recently opened its affordable housing lottery, and will consider households making up to $200,400 for qualification, a much higher percentage of its neighborhood’s respective average median income.

More similar to the 13 units’ income range (PDF) are the apartments at 149 Kent, a luxury ‘Burg building which opened its own housing lottery just last week.


Income and family size eligibility graph via NYC Housing Connect

As compared to these other recent developments, however, the five properties are comparatively smaller and purely affordable structures, according to NY YIMBY. All developed by affordable housing developer St. Nicks Alliance and designed by Williamsburg-based Joseph Vance Architects, the properties were in a variety of states — from long-abandoned to unbuilt — before they were respectively renovated and constructed.

The 7 Stagg Street property, pictured above, has only four units. Located between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street, is just four stories tall, with one unit per floor and an average of 837 square feet per apartment.

The address was formerly the site of a factory building, which was demolished in 2013. The other properties are all freshly built walk-ups with the exception of 44 Morgan Avenue, which was already existent but has been rehabbed. (That one is located it the Bushwick loft area, which the city considers East Williamsburg.)

Altogether, they have 24 units between them, according to YIMBY, although the lottery is for only 13 apartments.


A rehabbed building at 44 Morgan Avenue in the Bushwick loft area. Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

Amenities include high-efficiency boilers, fiberglass windows designed to prevent heat loss in the colder months and cool air retention in the warmer days, low-flow sinks and toilets, and a controlled ventilation system.

The deadline for applications is March 8, 2016. To apply, visit NYC Housing Connect, and for more details on the application process for affordable housing see Brownstoner’s comprehensive guide.

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