Affordable Housing

A housing lottery opens for 129 apartments in East New York near Shirley Chisholm Park

By Emily Myers | September 29, 2022 - 9:30AM

Rents for apartments available through a new affordable housing lottery at 573 Emerald St. in East New York start at $397 a month for a studio.

NYC Housing Connect

Applications are open through the affordable housing lottery for 129 newly constructed apartments at Linden Terrace II, a housing development at 573 Emerald St. in East New York. Rents start at $397 a month for a studio. Eligible applicants for this lottery must earn from $16,183 to $115,850 depending on the size of the household. 

There are 18 one-bedroom apartments available for renters with incomes of $34,766 to $60,050, depending on the number of people in the household. The rent for these apartments is $930.

The stabilized apartments are studios, one, two, and three bedrooms set aside for people earning from 30 to 70 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. 

Building amenities include an outdoor terrace, a community lounge, parking, bike storage lockers, and a shared laundry room. There's also a children's playroom. Linden Terrace II is near the recently opened Shirley Chisholm State Park and shopping centers on Linden Boulevard. Transit options include the L train and the B15 bus service. 

The developers have set aside 50 percent of the affordable 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 November 14th. 

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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