HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN AND HDC PRESIDENT ENDERLIN ANNOUNCE
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR A NEW HOUSING LOTTERY FOR
MORE THAN 100 AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS IN GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN
The lottery is for Five Blue Slip, a new construction development affordable to a wide range of incomes starting at a minimum annual household income of $13,955
Rendering courtesy of Handel Architects
New York, NY – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been and New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Eric Enderlin today announced the opening of the Housing Connect lottery for 102 affordable apartments at Five Blue Slip in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This 100 percent affordable development was financed through the City’s Extremely Low & Low Income Affordability (ELLA) Program and Inclusionary Housing programs.
“Every New Yorker deserves the opportunity to live in an affordable home. This new development represents the chance for a new start for 102 families, and will serve to ensure that the neighborhood remains a diverse community,” said HPD Commissioner Vicki Been. “I want to thank our many partners who work tirelessly to help us create these opportunities. And I encourage eligible households to visit NYC Housing Connect and apply for this lottery, or explore the many other housing lotteries available.”
“This newly constructed, mixed-income affordable development at Greenpoint Landing is helping to transform the Brooklyn waterfront,” said NYC Housing Development Corporation President Eric Enderlin. “The Greenpoint Landing project is bringing retail, public open space, a new public school, and much-needed affordable housing to the neighborhood through developments like Five Blue Slip, which will provide 102 homes for New Yorkers at extremely low-, very low- and low-income households. I encourage everyone in need of affordable housing to visit Housing Connect website to review the eligibility requirements and apply today.”
“While undoubtedly New York City’s cost of housing has gone up throughout all five boroughs, in North Brooklyn rents have skyrocketed. Many of my constituents have been forced to move out of the area because of the high prices so these units couldn’t come at a better time. I am also glad that the affordable units at Greenpoint Landing are being built first, especially since preference is given to Community Board 1 residents for 50% of the units, which will ensure that some long-time residents can afford to stay in the neighborhood,” said Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol.
“Greenpoint Landing’s 5 Blue Slip is affordable housing tailored to the residents and working families of North Brooklyn and Community Board 1. The 102 affordable units at 5 Blue Slip are one of many reasons every new Yorker seeking affordable housing should create an NYC Housing Connect profile; especially as our city and state continue to meet ambitious affordable housing goals,” said Senator Martin Malavé Dilan.
“Together, the first three affordable housing developments at Greenpoint Landing will deliver a significant number of new homes at deep levels of affordability," said Ron Moelis, CEO and Co-Founder of L+M Development Partners. “As Greenpoint continues to offer more quality housing and neighborhood amenities, these buildings -- with a wide range of affordability, significant number of apartments sized for families, and landscaped open spaces -- will serve a diverse array of New Yorkers.”
“We are very proud to lead the development of the site with the creation of much-needed high-quality affordable housing. Following the completion of 7 Bell Slip and 33 Eagle Street, 5 Blue Slip, thoughtfully designed by Handel Architects, is the third building and approximately the 300th unit of affordable housing at Greenpoint Landing that will be delivered to the community this year,” said Johanna Greenbaum, Vice President of Greenpoint Landing Associates.
Upon completion of construction, 5 Blue Slip will be a six-story building with 22 studio apartments, 29 one-bedroom apartments, and 51 two-bedroom apartments. Fifty percent of the apartments will have a preference for residents of Brooklyn Community Board 1. A percentage of units will be set aside for mobility and vision or hearing impaired applicants.
The rents range from as low as $368 a month for a studio apartment to $1,065 a month for a two-bedroom apartment.
Those eligible to apply include individuals earning as little as $13,955, two-person households earning just $14,949; and three- and four-person households earning as little as $17,932. All eligible income ranges for one- to four-person households and all application information for Five Blue Slip can be found here. The application deadline is December 29, 2016. Eligible applicants who have been selected can expect to start moving into their new homes as early as Spring 2017.
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:
- For a summary of affordable housing resources visit: How to Find Housing
- Learn What to Expect when you apply
- Get help from the Income Guide
- Find out what happens After you Apply
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.
This month, Mayor de Blasio announced changes to the City’s marketing guidelines 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. This 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.
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