Housing lottery offers 43 apartments for seniors in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
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Housing lottery offers 43 apartments for seniors in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

  • Senior New Yorkers who earn up to $56,000 and qualify for Section 8 housing are eligible to apply
  • The Bedford-Stuyvesant building has a senior center, outdoor space, and a shared laundry room
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By Celia Young  |
October 5, 2023 - 9:30AM
A rendering of the four-story grey building at 811 Lexington Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

A rendering of 811 Lexington Ave.

NYC Housing Connect

Housing lottery applications are open for 43 rent-stabilized studio apartments at a new development in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The units are reserved for New Yorkers that are 62 years or older and earn up to $56,500. Rents are capped at 30 percent of a tenant’s income.

The building at 811 Lexington Ave. sits on the former Mars Fudge and Fruit Company site, and offers some sweet amenities. Located between the Kosciuszko Street and Gates Avenue J subway stops, the building has a senior center, outdoor space, community center, and laundry room.

Developed by IMPACCT Brooklyn and the Northeastern Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, the building holds 64 units total, with 20 reserved for seniors at risk of homelessness, according to the New York Housing Conference and Department of Buildings records. 

To be eligible to apply to the 43 lottery apartments, senior New Yorkers must qualify for Section 8—a federally funded program that provides housing vouchers for low-income tenants. Eligible tenants will pay 30 percent of their income towards rent, according to the lottery listing.

The apartments are set aside for New Yorkers earning from 50 percent of the area median income (AMI)—a metric that depends on the number of people you live with. Currently the AMI for New York City is $113,000 for a two-person household. 

The developers have also reserved 5 percent of the rent-stabilized apartments for applicants who have mobility needs, and another two percent will be given to tenants with vision and hearing needs. 

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than Nov. 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 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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