Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 64 New Units in Brownsville Starting at $670 a Month

Rendering by Urban Architectural Initiatives

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An affordable housing lottery has opened for 64 units at the under-construction Stone House at 91 Junius Street in Brownsville. The 100 percent affordable building will stand six stories and have 160 units in total.

Units in the lottery range are pegged at 50 and 60 percent of the area median income. They range from studios for $670 a month to three-bedroom apartments renting for $1,224 a month.

The building will have on-site social services for residents, a residential super, 24-hour security cameras, three elevators and a central air conditioning. There will also be on-site laundry, a community room, electric stoves and Energy Star appliances, a gym, recreation room, bicycle storage, off-street parking for 24 cars and a playground.

Rendering by Urban Architectural Initiatives

Rendering by Urban Architecture Initiatives

A variety of facade treatments break up the mass of the building. Horizontal stone-like cladding alternates with facades of light yellow and gray brick in a woven pattern. Retail spaces with large plate-glass windows occupy the ground floor.

The 12 studio units available are set at 50 percent of the AMI, and will rent to lottery winners for $670 a month. Qualifying individuals must earn between $25,303 and $33,400 a year.

The remaining units in the lottery are set at 60 percent of the AMI. There are 41 one-bedroom units available in the lottery and they will rent for $882 a month. Households must be one or two people, and household incomes must fall between $32,709 and $45,840 a year.

Eight two-bedroom units will rent for $1,065 a month. Lottery winners for these units must be households of two to four people earning $39,120 to $57,240 a year.

The remaining three units are three-bedroom apartments that will go for $1,224 a month. These apartments will be open to households of three to six people that earn between $45,292 and $66,420 a year.

Above is a time-lapse video of the construction of the building from December 2015 to present date. An online construction camera shows the building has topped out and windows are going in.

The developer is WIN, a nonprofit that creates housing for homeless women and children in New York City. The architect is Urban Architectural Initiatives, known for its work with nonprofits and government agencies. Other projects in Brooklyn include the Eckford Apartments in Greenpoint and the Coretta Scott King Senior Apartments in East New York.

Funding comes via the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and
Development. Sixty percent of the units will be filled by needy families and individuals referred by city agencies, including the homeless and disabled, and the remaining 40 percent are set aside for qualifying households selected via lottery.

The lottery runs through October 4. If eligible, you can apply on NYC Housing Connect here. For more on how the affordable housing process works, check out our Brownstoner guide.

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