The lottery is for Livonia Apartments, a new construction development affordable to individuals earning as little as $15,429 and up to $72,600 for a family of six




Rendering courtesy of Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC


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 240 newly constructed affordable apartments at 453 Hinsdale Street, 500 Livonia Avenue, and 487 Livonia Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn.

Lottery applications are being accepted for 36 studio, 105 one-bedroom, 57 two-bedroom, and 42 three-bedroom apartments.

The rents range from as low as $395 a month for a studio apartment and $594 a month for a three-bedroom apartment.

“Under this administration’s ambitious housing plan, we’re continuing to create the affordable housing opportunities for some of the lowest income New Yorkers. The Livonia Apartments bring 240 deeply affordable, high quality homes across three newly constructed buildings to the vibrant East New York community,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “I thank the team at HDC as well as our development partners for their work to make affordable housing available for the hardworking families that need them most.”

“We are excited to announce the City’s latest housing lottery. Livonia Apartments brings 240 new homes to East New York in a beautifully designed building with rents that are affordable to extremely low, very low, and low-income households,” said HDC President Eric Enderlin. “All those eligible should visit the Housing Connect website to apply and view other available affordable housing opportunities.”

This building is being constructed through the Extremely Low and Low-Income Affordability (ELLA) program of the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). Eligible households include individuals earning as little as $15,429 annually; two- person households earning as low as $16,560 annually; three- to four-person households earning a minimum of $19,852 annually; and five- to six-person households earning as little as $22,903 annually.

Information on eligibility and application details for Livonia Apartments can be found here.  

The deadline for applying is November 21, 2018. Eligible applicants who have been selected can expect to start moving into their new homes by early 2019.

A percentage of units will be set aside for applicants with mobility disabilities (5%) and vision or hearing disabilities (2%). 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.


About New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC): The New York City Housing Development Corporation (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 150,000 housing units using over $21.2 billion in bonds and other debt obligations, and provided in excess of $1.9 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 five consecutive years, HDC’s annual bond issuance has surpassed $1 billion. For additional information, visit:


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 Plan which was recently expanded and accelerated through Housing New York 2.0 to complete the initial goal of 200,000 homes two years ahead of schedule—by 2022, and achieve an additional 100,000 homes over the following four years, for a total of 300,000 homes by 2026.  For full details visit and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NYCHousing.