Affordable Housing

'Affordable' apartments are available in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, starting at $396 a month

Five studios are renting in this West 29th Street building for just over $600.

Ken Van Liew

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A total of 251 below-market-rate apartments are now available through the city-run housing lottery.

In a mixed-income building in Chelsea, 15 units are opening up. The apartments include studios, one bedrooms, and two bedrooms. They start at $621 for studios that are set aside for single people making $23,175-$26,700. In a second income category, studios are renting for $2,123 and set aside for singles making $74,675-$86,800.

The building has a lobby attendant, a gym, bike storage, a lounge, a roof deck, and a laundry room. It's two blocks from Penn Station.

For more income details, see below, and note that in this building as with others in the lottery, priority is given to residents of the neighborhood, city workers, and people with disabilities.

In Melrose, the Bronx, 198 apartments are accepting applications in an all-below-market building on Elton Avenue. The building, constructed by affordable housing developer Phipps Houses, is three blocks from the Melrose Metro-North station, and about a dozen blocks from several 2 and 5 stations. It has laundry and gym rooms, and a resident gardening program.

The apartments range from studios to three bedrooms, starting at $396 a month, for households making $15,500-$110,700. The full, extensive qualification details are here.

St. Nick's Alliance

At 695 Grand St. in Williamsburg, 38 units are taking applications in a new mixed-income, mostly "affordable" building. The eight-story elevator building has a garden, laundry, and a community room. It's two blocks from the L at Grand Street.

The apartments run from studios to three bedrooms, starting at $670 for a studio for someone making $24,850-$33,400, for at a variety of income levels. Details on that are here.

If you're interested and think you might qualify for one of these buildings, you can create a profile and apply online via NYC Housing Connect. Don't apply more than once, or you could be disqualified.

Note: Brick Underground is in no way affiliated with New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development or the Housing Development Corporation. 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.