Affordable Housing

A housing lottery opens for 130 apartments for seniors in Bedford Park in the Bronx

  • The rent is $0 but you need to qualify for a Section 8 housing voucher
  • Households must have one member who is at least 62 years old
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By Emily Myers  |
December 1, 2022 - 9:30AM

The studios and one bedrooms will only be rented to New Yorkers who qualify for Section 8 vouchers. This means the rent is technically zero.

NYC Housing Connect

Housing lottery applications are open for 130 newly constructed apartments for seniors at 2850 Webster Ave. in the Bronx. Eligible applicants for this lottery can earn up to $60,050. The studios and one bedrooms are stabilized and will only be rented to New Yorkers who qualify for Section 8 vouchers. This means the rent is technically zero. 

There are 25 one bedrooms, which can accommodate up to three people. All the units are set aside for households with at least one member who is 62 years old or more and the household earnings are 50 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. 

The building is near the New York Botanical Garden and Bronx River Forest. There is an accessible entrance, an elevator, and a shared laundry room. Gas is included in the rent.

The nearest subway stations are some distance from the building at Bedford Park Blvd and Norwood-205 St. for the B and D trains. The building is better served by the Harlem Line train service.  

The developers have set aside 5 percent of the rent-stabilized apartments for NYC employees. In addition, 5 percent of apartments will be allocated to applicants with mobility needs. A small percentage will be given to those with vision and hearing needs. 

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than January 3rd. 

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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