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Brooklyn boasts most affordable housing options on interactive map

August 20, 2018 By Sara Bosworth Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Affordable housing unit buildings like this one at 325 Kent Ave. can receive tens of thousands of lottery applications. Photo by Adrian Gaut courtesy of Two Trees Management
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Brooklyn is the best bet for those seeking affordable housing in the city, according to an interactive map developed by Curbed with data compiled from NYC Housing Connect.

The map displays lotteries available to New Yorkers across four out of five boroughs: one in Manhattan, two in the Bronx, one in Queens, and nine current listings in Brooklyn. The units are in buildings that range from all-affordable to luxury, including Eliot Spitzer’s new waterfront complex in Williamsburg and the historic St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bushwick.

Some of the units only barely qualify as “affordable.” 830 Flatbush Avenue, for example, has units available to those making between $77,246 and $146,510 annually, which is 130 percent of the area median income, according to Curbed. That means one-bedrooms starting at $2,253/month, and two-bedrooms from $2,716/month. Others, like the units at Spitzer’s complex at 416 Kent Avenue, are reserved for individuals or families bringing in 40 percent of the area median income — $21,257 to $33,400 a year — with studios starting at $565/month.

Interested parties can apply through the NYC Housing Connect portal, keeping in mind that the competition for these lotteries is high. Curbed reported last year that one housing lottery for the Domino Sugar Refinery project in Williamsburg received 87,000 applications for 104 affordable units.

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