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HPD COMMISSIONER TORRES-SPRINGER AND HDC PRESIDENT ENDERLIN ANNOUNCE HOUSING LOTTERY FOR 84 AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS IN QUEENS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS 

The lottery is for The Pavilion at Locust Manor, a new construction development affordable to individuals earning as little as $14,503 for an individual and up to $95,400 for a family of four

Rendering courtesy of Gerald J. Caliendo, R.A., P.C.

New York, NY – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer and New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Eric Enderlin today announced the opening of the Housing Connect lottery for 84 newly constructed affordable apartments at The Pavilion at Locust Manor located at 171-04 Baisley Boulevard in the St. Albans neighborhood of Queens.

Lottery applications are being accepted for 8 studio, 31 one-bedroom, and 45 two-bedroom apartments.

The rents will be as low as $368 a month for a studio, $396 for a one-bedroom, and $482 a month for a two-bedroom apartment.

“Located near Jamaica’s main transportation hub, the Pavilion at Locust Manor is in a prime area with access to public schools, libraries, healthcare facilities, retail centers, and cultural institutions,” said HDC President Eric Enderlin.  “This new affordable housing development will be a great place to live whether you are an individual or raising a family, and I encourage New Yorkers seeking affordable housing to visit the Housing Connect website to review eligibility requirements and apply.”  

HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer said, “We are excited to announce the launch of the lottery process for The Pavilion at Locust Manor in St. Albans, Queens. A once vacant site is currently being transformed, and will be put to productive use as a new 8-story building with 84 affordable apartments for extremely low- and low-income households. We encourage New Yorkers to apply and look forward to welcoming future residents to their new homes.”

This building is being constructed under HPD and HDC’s Extremely Low & Low-Income Affordability Program (ELLA) and will be affordable to extremely low, very low, and low-income households. Eligible households include individuals earning as little as $14,503 annually; two- person households earning a minimum of  $15,532 annually; and three- to four-person households earning as low as $18,515 annually.

Information on eligibility and application details for The Pavilion at Locust Manor can be found here. 

The deadline for applying is August 14, 2017. Eligible applicants who have been selected can expect to start moving into their new homes by Fall 2017.

“Every hardworking New Yorker, regardless of their wealth, deserves a safe and affordable place to live or to raise a family.  The de Blasio Administration’s application call to fill 84 affordable apartments in St. Albans is welcome, especially as some in our communities struggle to keep up with rising rent.  I look forward to continued collaboration with the Mayor and his staff as we tackle the affordable housing crisis on both the federal and local levels,” said Congressman Gregory W. Meeks.

Councilman I. Daneek Miller said, “The Pavilion at Locust Manor will give residents an opportunity to stay where they built a life and continue to enjoy the company of their family and friends. Half of the occupants of this facility will come from Community Board 12, five percent must be a municipal employee, and all of those living in this new building will be able to give back to the surrounding area. My office has organized many workshops to show residents how to apply for all the affordable units coming to the district and will continue to do so. I would like to thank the Housing Preservation & Development Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer, the New York City Housing Development Corporation, and everyone involved for making this project possible.”   

State Senator James Sanders Jr. said, “Having access to affordable housing is critically important particularly in Southeast Queens, and under those conditions, I am pleased to announce that newly constructed apartments at the Pavilion at Locust Manor will soon be available to extremely low and low income New Yorkers through a Housing Connect lottery. I look forward to working with elected officials and community leaders to ensure that this development helps house as many qualified residents as possible.”

A percentage of units will be set aside for applicants with mobility disabilities (5%) and vision or hearing disabilities (2%). Preference for 50% of the units will be given to residents of Queens Community Board 12 (CB12). Preference for 5% of the units will be given to municipal employees.

More information on all available apartments and instructions on how to apply to the City’s affordable housing lottery are available in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, and Spanish on the NYC Housing Connect website here: NYC Housing Connect.

Learn more about the affordable housing lottery process and other available housing lotteries by visiting the links below:

Since its 2013 launch, NYC Housing Connect has simplified the city’s housing lottery process. The website allows New Yorkers to fill out a single online profile, which can be used to apply to multiple new housing lotteries. That profile can be saved and edited, eliminating the need to fill out individual paper applications for upcoming lotteries.

In October, 2016, Mayor de Blasio announced changes to the City’s handbook of marketing policies and procedures designed to ensure that City-assisted affordable housing reaches the New Yorkers who need it most. Important changes to the policies include ending developers and leasing agents’ ability to deny applications based solely on credit scores; new standards for homeless shelter referrals to account for special challenges faced by these households; strictly limiting the ability of landlords to deny an applicant based only on their exercising due process rights in housing court; and imposing limits on personal assets. These changes are the most recent in a series of adjustments by the de Blasio Administration to increase information accessibility and transparency to the housing lottery process.

Registered applicants are notified via email when new lotteries are posted to the Housing Connect site. Instructions on how to submit a paper application are also available, and listed in each housing lottery advertisement. Applicants may not submit both a paper application and a web application for the same project.

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About the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD):
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough Ten-Year Plan to create and preserve 200,000 affordable units for New Yorkers at the very lowest incomes to those in the middle class. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NYCHousing.

About the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC):

HDC is the nation’s largest municipal Housing Finance Agency and is charged with helping to finance the creation or preservation of affordable housing under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York plan. Since 2003, HDC has financed more than 120,000 housing units using over $13.7 billion in bonds, and provided in excess of $1.6 billion in subsidy from corporate reserves. HDC ranks among the nation’s top issuers of mortgage revenue bonds for affordable multi-family housing on Thomson Reuter’s annual list of multi-family bond issuers. In each of the last four consecutive years, HDC’s annual bond issuance has surpassed $1 billion. For additional information, visit: http://www.nychdc.com