Affordable Housing

An affordable housing lottery for seniors launches in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

  • Seniors who earn up to $60,050 and qualify for Section 8 are eligible
  • The rent is $0 because it is covered by Section 8
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By Emily Myers  |
April 20, 2023 - 9:45AM
White exterior of modern housing complex at 57 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn,

The head of the household or their spouse must be at least 62 years old.

NYC Housing Connect

Housing lottery applications are open for 99 newly constructed apartments at The Atrium at Sumner Senior Housing in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Applicants who earn up to $60,050 and qualify for Section 8 are eligible, depending on the size of the household. The rent is $0 because it is covered by Section 8.

The building at 57 Marcus Garvey Blvd. is built to passive house standards and has an indoor garden and atrium in the center. Residents have access to a shared laundry room.

The available apartments include 79 studios, and 20 one-bedroom apartments.

All the apartments are set aside for seniors earning 50 percent of the area median income (AMI). 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 nearest subway is Flushing Avenue for the J and M trains. 

All the rent-stabilized apartments are reserved for applicants with the head of the household (or their spouse) or the sole applicant is at least 62 years old. The developers have also set aside 33 percent of the apartments for NYCHA residents. An asset limit of $80,040 applies to NYCHA residents. 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 June 1st.

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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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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