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HPD COMMISSIONER MARIA TORRES-SPRINGER AND HDC PRESIDENT ERIC ENDERLIN

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS TO HOUSING LOTTERY FOR

101 AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS IN THE BRONX

 

La Casa del Mundo is a new construction development affordable to households earning as little as $14,503 for an individual

 

Rendering courtesy of OCV Architects

 

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 announced a call for applications to the latest Housing Connect lottery for 101 newly constructed affordable apartments at La Casa del Mundo located at 3475 Third Avenue in Morrisania, The Bronx.

Lottery applications are being accepted for 4 studio apartments, 22 one-bedroom apartments, 57 two-bedroom apartments, and 18 three-bedroom apartments.

Some rents will be as low as $368 a month for a studio apartment and $551 a month for a three-bedroom apartment.

"Each of the 101 affordable apartments in La Casa del Mundo represents an opportunity for a household to build a more secure future," said Maria Torres-Springer, HPD Commissioner.  "The deeply affordable rents in this newly constructed project reflect the work we are doing under Housing New York to serve extremely low-income and very low-income residents in Morrisania and neighborhoods across the city. I encourage eligible applicants to learn more about the affordable housing lottery process and apply."

“La Casa del Mundo will provide greater opportunity and quality of life to 101 low, very low, and extremely low-income households, while also fostering economic development in the Morrisania neighborhood thanks to the addition of new commercial space,” said HDC President Eric Enderlin. “I encourage all those eligible to apply on the Housing Connect website today for this and other available affordable housing opportunities.”  

This building is being constructed under the Extremely Low & Low-Income Affordability (ELLA) program of HPD and HDC 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; three- to four-person households earning a minimum of $18,515 annually; and five- to six-person households earning as low as $21,463 annually.

“I am excited to see 101 affordable units being added District 16. It’s imperative that affordable housing projects in our community be accessible to those currently living here and I am pleased to see the effort made by HPD and HDC to ensure these units are truly affordable,” said Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson. “I encourage all West Bronx residents, especially those living in Community Board 3, to sign up for Housing Connect and apply for this housing opportunity.”

Information on eligibility and application details for La Casa del Mundo can be found here.

The deadline for applying is August 2, 2017. Eligible applicants who have been selected can expect to start moving into their new homes by the fall of 2017.

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 Bronx Community Board 3 (CB3). Preference for 5 percent 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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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