Affordable Housing

Seniors-only housing lottery launches for 24 apartments in Astoria, Queens

  • Applicants who earn $55,269 to $122,00 are eligible to apply and rents start at $1,513
  • Households must include at least one person who is 62 years of age or older to apply
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By Celia Young  |
August 3, 2023 - 9:30AM
The exterior of 2646 4th Street.

The exterior of 2646 4th Street. 

NYC Housing Connect

Housing lottery applications are open for 24 rent-stabilized apartments at a new, senior housing development at 26-46 4th St. in Astoria, Queens. New Yorkers who earn $55,269 to $122,000 are eligible to apply, depending on the composition of their household. Rents start at $1,513 for a studio.

Developed by Strategic Capital Metropolitan, the entire eight-story property is set aside for senior residents. Individuals or households interested in applying must include at least one person who is 62 years of age or older at the time of their application. 

The building between 26th and 27th avenues includes a community center, elevator, and outdoor recreation center. It’s located about a mile from the Astoria Boulevard N and W subway station.

Its apartments are set aside for New Yorkers earning up to 80 percent of the area median income (AMI)—a metric that depends on how many people you live with. Currently the AMI for a two-person household in New York City is $113,000. The units available include studios, one-, and two-bedroom apartments. 

There are 13 two-bedroom apartments available for households earning from $70,698 to $122,000. The rent for these apartments is $1,921. 

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, and a small percentage of the apartments are also set aside for renters with mobility, vision, and hearing needs. 

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than Sept. 25th.

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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Celia Young

Senior Writer

Celia Young is a senior writer at Brick Underground where she covers New York City residential real estate. She graduated from Brandeis University and previously covered local business at the Milwaukee Business Journal, entertainment at Madison Magazine, and commercial real estate at Commercial Observer. She currently resides in Brooklyn. 

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