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Apply now for two affordable Bed-Stuy rentals by the Halsey stop

By Virginia K. Smith | August 18, 2015 - 12:59PM

Note: BrickUnderground is in no way affiliated with New York City public housing. If you are interested in applying to this or other affordable housing developments, please go to the NYC Housing Connect website for information and instructions.

Applications opened today for two (yes, only two) affordable rentals in the Ocean Hill section of Bed-Stuy, per a listing on NYC Housing Connect. (It's probably best not to think too much about the odds on this one.) There are two $1,071/month two-bedrooms available to qualified applicants at 880 Macon Street, a newly built eight-unit rental building near the Halsey stop. As Brownstoner reported last year, "the owners tore down a small, decrepit 19th century brick house next to an empty lot to build a four-story, eight-unit apartment house."

To give you an idea of the discount here, a market-rate two-bedroom in the building is currently listed on StreetEasy for $2,500 a month. Take a look at the interiors (we'd also note that the StreetEasy listing seems to imply the building allows roof access):

According to the listing on Housing Connect, the apartments are available for a household of two people with a combined income between $36,720 and $41,460; three people with a combined income between $36,720 and $46,620; or four people with a combined income between $36,720 and $51,780. Preference for half of the apartments (i.e. one of the two) will be given to current residents of Community Board 16, which encompasses Ocean Hill and Brownsville. (The full list of requirements can be found on the NYC Housing Connect listing.)

If you think you might qualify, you can create a profile and apply online via NYC Housing Connect, or request a hard copy application by sending a self-addressed envelope to Metropolitan Realty Exemptions, 118 Middleton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206. (Note: don't try to send in more than one application, or you may be disqualified.) Applications are due by September 8th.


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