HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN AND HDC PRESIDENT ENDERLIN ANNOUNCE HOUSING LOTTERY FOR 100 NEWLY CONSTRUCTED AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS IN EDGEMERE, QUEENS
Lottery applications are now being accepted for 44-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, a mixed-income development affordable to individuals earning a minimum annual income of $23,726 for an individual and up to $94,590 for a household of six
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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 100 affordable apartments at Beach Green Dunes, a newly constructed apartment complex located at 44-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Edgemere, Queens.
Beach Green Dunes is a seven-story building with eight studio apartments, 49 one-bedroom apartments, 26 two-bedroom, and 17 three-bedroom apartments, plus one unit reserved for a superintendent. These apartments will be affordable to very low-, low-, and moderate-income households.
"The construction of smart, energy-efficient developments like Beach Green Dunes helps us build a more resilient future for our neighborhoods,” said HPD Commissioner Vicki Been. “I encourage eligible New Yorkers to visit the NYC Housing Connect website to apply for one of the 100 affordable housing opportunities apartments now available in Edgemere, or to explore the many housing lotteries available online.”
“HDC is thrilled to join HPD in opening the lottery for 100 units of affordable state-of-the-art housing in the Edgemere Urban Renewal Area in Far Rockaway, Queens. The residents of this smart design building will benefit from additional cost savings made possible through energy efficiency measures and protection from future storms thanks to well-planned resiliency features,” said HDC President Eric Enderlin. “Beach Green Dunes is a prime example of how the community has adapted and responded to the lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and emerged smarter, stronger, and safer.”
Eligible households include individuals earning as little as $23,726 annually; two- person households earning a minimum of $25,440 annually; three- to four-person households earning a minimum of $30,618; and four- to six-person households earning an annual income of just $35,520. Information on eligibility and application details for Beach Green Dunes can be found here. The rents range from as low as $653 a month for a studio apartment to $1,597 a month for a three-bedroom apartment.
The deadline for applying is February 6, 2017. Eligible applicants who have been selected can expect to start moving into their new homes by Spring 2017.
State Senator James Sanders said, “Affordable housing is critically important as more and more people struggle to put a roof over their heads. I am proud to welcome the new Beach Green Dunes apartment complex to Arverne, which will contain 100 new affordable housing units, giving priority to Community Board 14 residents as well as municipal employees and the disabled. We need more developments like this in our district and I will continue to fight to make sure that happens. In fact, we are hosting an Affordable Housing Conference on December 15, 2016, and Beach Green Dunes will be among the topics of discussion.”
"Today's lottery announcement is the culmination of years of work with our office, HPD and HDC to finally develop on a beachfront site with dozens of acres of vacant land that has been sitting for decades in Arverne," said Council Member Donovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway). "This project is the start of bringing affordable units to the Rockaways so our nurses, teachers and firefighters have a place to raise their families without being burdened by rent. I'd like to thank Mayor de Blasio, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, HPD Commissioner Vicki Been, HDC, Bluestone and Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation for their partnership and dedication to building affordable housing and providing local hiring opportunities."
Upon completion, Beach Green Dunes will be the single largest PHIUS-certified passive house multi-family building in the country. Located at the border of the Edgemere and Arverne sections of the Rockaway Peninsula, the building has easy access to the beachfront boardwalk, the Beach 44th Street A-train subway station, the Q22 bus service, and the Rockaway Freeway. Amenities include an on-site resident manager, dishwashers, a green terrace, and fitness center.
A percentage of units will be set aside for mobility (5%) and vision or hearing (2%) disabled applicants. For 50 percent of the units, preference will be given to residents of Queens Community Board 14, and for 5 percent of the units, preference 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:
- 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.
In October, 2016, 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 via www.facebook.com/nychpd and www.twitter.com/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