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An affordable housing lottery opens for 156 apartments in the Bronx

  • Rents start at $397 and eligible applicants must earn from $16,183 to $132,400
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By Emily Myers  |
March 16, 2023 - 9:30AM
Kitchen with appliances, white countertop and hardwood floors

All the apartments at Compass Six Residences have energy-efficient appliances. Amenities include a gym and outdoor space. 

NYC Housing Connect

Housing lottery applications are open for 156 newly constructed apartments at Compass Six Residences, 1923 West Farms Rd., in the Bronx. Eligible applicants must earn from $16,183 to $132,400 depending on the size of the household. Rents start at $397 for a studio.

The available apartments include studios, one, two, and three bedrooms. 

There are 19 three-bedroom apartments, which can accommodate households of up to seven people. Applicants need to earn from 30 percent to 80 percent of the area median income (AMI) to qualify. AMI depends on how many people you live with. Currently the AMI for New York City is $106,800 for a two-person household. 

The 16-story building has a gym, community center, and outdoor space. There’s a shared laundry room plus bike storage lockers. 

The nearest subway station is West Farms Square-East Tremont Avenue for the 2 and 5 trains. The building is also accessible via the BX21 and BX36 bus lines. 

The apartments all have energy-efficient appliances and there are online options for paying rent and making maintenance requests. 

The developers have set aside 50 percent of the rent-stabilized apartments for applicants who already live in the area. Another 5 percent of the apartments will be preferentially given to 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 May 8th.

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 affordability 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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Emily Myers

Senior Writer/Podcast Producer

Emily Myers is a senior writer, podcast host, and producer at Brick Underground. She writes about issues ranging from market analysis and tenants' rights to the intricacies of buying and selling condos and co-ops. As host of the Brick Underground podcast, she has earned four silver awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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