"Trivialities such as white out on an application can get it dismissed," Brooklyn Brief reports, as can issues like incorrect credit scores or "two estranged partners both claiming their child as a dependent." Failing that, the site notes, "some residents might not even know how to apply for housing, or what the eligibility requirements are."
The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a non-profit made up of three local business improvement districts, is aiming to change this, and is organizing a series of educational workshops to prepare residents for the 1,000 units of affordable housing headed to the neighborhood. "I want families to be ready when it's time to go through what is a very fair lottery system," said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams at a press conference for the program. "Everyone should be on the same page, reading from the same playbook, to ensure we maximize affordable housing."
The situation is often so muddled that Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Tucker Reed said that as a result of mishandled applications, "developers don't even fill the ranks of the affordable housing units they've set aside."
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