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An affordable housing lottery opens for 144 apartments in Chelsea

  • Eligible applicants must earn from $48,138 to $187,330 and rents start at $1,329
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By Emily Myers  |
February 16, 2023 - 9:30AM

A rendering of 241 West 28th St. where 144 rent-stabilized apartments are available through the affordable housing lottery. 

MAG Partners

Housing lottery applications are open for 144 newly constructed apartments at 241 West 28th St. in Chelsea. Eligible applicants must earn from $48,138 to $187,330 depending on the size of the household. Rents start at $1,329 for a studio.

The available apartments include studios, one, and two bedrooms plus a single three-bedroom apartment. There's a range in the area median income (AMI) requirements for applicants from 70 to 130 percent. 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 pet-friendly building is two blocks south of Madison Square Garden and close to Chelsea Park and the High Line. Amenities include a dog-washing station, gym, pool, and media room. There's also a roof terrace and bike storage. Additional fees apply for the use of the pool, storage, and rooftop spaces. 

The apartments all have dishwashers and washer dryers. Tenants are responsible for paying electricity bills, but rent includes gas stoves, hot water, and heat. 

The nearest subway station is 28th Street for the 1 and 2 trains. 

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 March 27th.

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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