Affordable Housing

An affordable housing lottery launches for 72 apartments in East New York

  • Applicants who earn $23,143 to $91,500 are eligible to apply and rents start at $589
  • Half of the apartments are set aside for residents already living in the area
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By Celia Young  |
July 20, 2023 - 10:30AM
A rendering of 271 Snediker Avenue.

A rendering of 273 Snediker Ave.

NYC Housing Connect

Housing lottery applications are open for 72 rent-stabilized apartments at a new development in East New York, Brooklyn. New Yorkers who earn $23,143 to $91,500 are eligible to apply, depending on the size of their household. Rents start at $589 for a studio.

Once completed, the nine-story building at 273 Snediker Ave. will have elevators, a laundry room, bike storage space, and recreation room. It’s located near the L, 2, 3, 4, A, and C subway lines. 

Developed by homeless and low-income housing provider Help USA, the building between Lillie F. Martin Lane and Hinsdale Street will have 184 residences. Help USA broke ground on the project last year, scoring a subsidy from New York City Housing Preservation & Development’s extremely low and low-income affordability program.

The apartments are set aside for New Yorkers earning between 40 and 60 percent of the area median income (AMI)—a metric that changes based on how many people you live with. Currently the AMI for NYC is $113,000 for a two-person household. The units available include studios as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments. 

There are 31 studio apartments available for households earning $35,418 to $67,800 per year. The rent for these apartments will be $947 per month. 

The developers have set aside 50 percent of the rent-stabilized apartments for applicants who already live in the area and another 5 percent for NYC employees. A small percentage of the apartments are also set aside for residents with mobility, vision, and hearing needs. 

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than Sept. 11th.

If you’re interested and think you might qualify for one of these apartments, you can create a profile and apply online via NYC Housing Connect. For details on this particular lottery, click here. Don’t apply more than once, or you could be disqualified.

Winning a rent-stabilized apartment can be life changing: Rent increases are capped and lease renewals are automatic, providing long-term stability for NYC renters. Need more information on how the housing lottery works? Check out “6 steps for applying to NYC's affordable housing lottery.”

For some advice from successful applicants read “How to land a rental apartment through NYC's affordable housing lottery.” And if you or someone you know is having trouble with the application process, consider reaching out to a housing ambassador in the community.

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 these or other affordable housing developments, please go to NYC Housing Connect for information and instructions.

Have you successfully won an apartment through the affordable housing lottery? If you have first-person advice to share about the process, we’d love to hear from you. Please send us an email. We respect all requests for anonymity.

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Celia Young

Senior Writer

Celia Young is a senior writer at Brick Underground where she covers New York City residential real estate. She graduated from Brandeis University and previously covered local business at the Milwaukee Business Journal, entertainment at Madison Magazine, and commercial real estate at Commercial Observer. She currently resides in Brooklyn. 

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