Affordable Housing

Rent for as little as $508/month in a converted Harlem school

By Virginia K. Smith  | February 3, 2016 - 9:59AM

Applications opened yesterday for affordable rentals in a formerly abandoned Harlem school, and are asking as little as $508/month, per a new listing on NYC Housing Connect.

The apartments are located in The Residences at PS 186, a long-awaited conversion of a historic school building that was abandoned starting in 1975. The building's redevelopment is a collaboration between the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem as well as multiple developers, and is going to be a mix of low, very low, and middle-income housing. 

There are 78 apartments total, and a mix of studios, "deluxe studios," one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms (you can check out the floor plans here) at rents ranging from $508/month to $2,783/month, for residents with household incomes between $18,789 and $142,400. You can check out the full list of available apartments, prices, and income requirements below (click to enlarge):

The building will have a live-in super, on-site laundry, a community room, a bike room, and a video intercom system, per the listing. As usual with this type of affordable development, half of the apartments will be reserved for current residents of the neighborhood, in this case Harlem's Community Board 9.

If you think you qualify, you can make a profile and apply online via NYC Housing Connect, or send a self-addressed envelope to: Lemle & Wolff, Inc, 5925 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10463. Don't send in more than one application or you may end up disqualified, and be sure to get your applications in by the deadline, April 8th.

Note: BrickUnderground is not 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.


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