Affordable Housing

An affordable housing lottery launches for 77 apartments in East Williamsburg

  • Rents start at $770 a month for a one bedroom
  • Eligible applicants must earn $29,760 to $202,515
By Emily Myers | November 17, 2022 - 9:30AM

The developers of 269 Wallabout St. set aside 50 percent of apartments for those already living in the community. 

NYC Housing Connect

Housing lottery applications are open for 77 newly constructed apartments at 269 Wallabout St. in East Williamsburg. Rents start at $770 a month for a one bedroom. Eligible applicants for this lottery must earn $29,760 to $202,515, depending on the size of the household. 

The stabilized apartments are one, two, three, and four bedrooms set aside for households earning 40 to 115 percent of the area median income (AMI). This varies depending on how many people you live with. Currently the AMI for New York City is $106,800 for a two-person household. 

There are 14 two-bedroom apartments available for households of two to five people where the household income ranges from $35,829 to $57,640. The rent for these units is set at $915. 

All the apartments have dishwashers and are finished with energy-efficient appliances and high-end countertops. The building has a shared laundry room, bike lockers, and a garage. Tenants pay for electricity but rent includes gas, hot water, and heat. There's a fee for operating the laundry machines.

The closest subways are Flushing Avenue for the G train and Lorimer Street for the J amd M trains. 

The developers have set aside 50 percent of the rent-stabilized apartments for those who live in the community. There is also a 5 percent preference for NYC employees. A small percentage of apartments will be allocated to applicants with mobility, vision, and hearing needs. 

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than January 9th. 

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 one of these rent-stabilized apartments 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.


Emily Myers

Senior Writer/Podcast Producer

Emily Myers is a senior writer, podcast host, and producer at Brick Underground. She studied journalism at the University of the Arts, London, and graduated with a MA Honors degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh.

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