Affordable Housing

Affordable housing lottery opens for 53 studio apartments for seniors on the Upper West Side

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By Emily Myers  |
June 9, 2022 - 1:30PM

The building is set aside exclusively for seniors who earn up to 50 percent of the area median income or $53,400. 

Housing Connect

Applications are open for 53 newly constructed apartments at Park 79 on the Upper West Side through the affordable housing lottery. The building is set aside exclusively for seniors who meet income eligibility requirements.

The rent-stabilized apartments are all studios for those in income brackets from $0 to $53,400 or up to 50 percent of the area median income. A least one member of the household must be 62 years old or more in order to apply and you will also need to qualify for a Section 8 housing voucher. 

The apartments can accommodate one or two people per household and the building is at 117 West 79th Street with easy access to subway and bus networks. 

The apartments have energy-efficient appliances and utilities are included in the rent. The building has a shared laundry room and 24-hour security as well as social services. There are events and classes, plus a community center for residents with wifi in the common area. 

The developers have set aside 5 percent of the affordable apartments for those who need help with mobility. There is also a 2 percent preference for people with additional vision or hearing needs. 

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than August 5th. 

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.

Do you have first-person advice to share about the affordable housing lottery? Drop 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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