Affordable Housing

A housing lottery launches for 316 apartments in Greenpoint

  • New Yorkers who earn $17,006 to $167,750 can apply and rents start at $410
  • Over 150 units are set aside for applicants who live in the neighborhood
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By Emily Myers  |
June 15, 2023 - 9:30AM
Kitchen at H1H2 with window and stove

Pets are not allowed at this building, unless they are service or emotional support animals.

NYC Housing Connect

Housing lottery applications are open for 316 rent-stabilized apartments at the new development H1H2 at 35 Commercial St. in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood. New Yorkers who earn $17,006 to $167,750 are eligible to apply, depending on the size of the household. Rents start at $410 for a studio.

The building is close to Newtown Creek and has bike lockers and shared laundry facilities as well as free internet service. There's also a children's playroom and a recreation room as well as shared outdoor space. The nearest subway is Greenpoint Avenue for the G train.

The rent-stabilized apartments are set aside for New Yorkers earning from 30 to 110 percent of the AMI—a metric that depends on how many people you live with. Currently the AMI for New York City is $106,800 for a two-person household. The apartments available include studios as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments. 

The biggest allocation of apartments is for New Yorkers earning 80 percent of the AMI, from $52,835 to $122,000. There are 58 two-bedroom apartments available for these households with rents of $2,181.

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 July 31st.

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 real estate writer and podcast host. As the former host of the Brick Underground podcast, she earned four silver awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Emily studied journalism at the University of the Arts, London, earned an MA Honors degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and lived for a decade in California.

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