Affordable Senior Residence Lottery Opens for 58 Studio Apartments in East Flatbush

Photo via Heritage Architecture


An affordable housing lottery has opened for 58 studio apartments designated for seniors in a seven-story building at 1488 New York Avenue in East Flatbush.

All of the available 58 apartments are studios. The lottery is set at an area median income range of 50 percent, with eligible incomes ranging between $0 and $45,500 for households up to two people. According to the lottery, eligible tenants will pay 30 percent of their income as rent.

Bishop Philius and Helene Nicolas (BPHN) Senior Residence, as the building is called, has a total of 89 units, according to building permits. Storage for 15 bicycles can be found in the cellar. A community center, managed and operated by Evangelical Crusade Christian Church, will occupy space on the ground floor. Both an indoor recreation room and outdoor recreation space are located on the second floor, with residences on the floors above.

Rendering via Heritage Architecture

The site was formerly home to a pair of brick buildings—the first a one-story, the second a two-story—that housed Excellent Senior Care and Crusade Science Academy. Both buildings were demolished at the beginning of 2019.

The site in 2016. Photo by Joe Strini for PropertyShark

Summer Alhamash of Heritage Architecture is the applicant of record. They have worked on a number of affordable housing projects, including the Harry T. Nance Apartments in Ocean Hill.

BPHN Senior Residence Housing Development Fund purchased the property for $2.9 million in 2017. Evangelical Crusade of Fishers of Men, the former owner, and BEL Community Housing are the developers behind the project.

From the images that are available, the studios appear to have hardwood floors, open kitchens and at least two closets.

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by January 28, 2021. Apply through NYC Housing Connect.

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