Get schooled on how to ace an affordable housing lottery application

Make sure your application game is on point, so you can snag an affordable apartment

Make sure your application game is on point, so you can snag an affordable apartment

Hey, remember how whenever there’s an affordable housing lottery people FREAK OUT? Over the next three years, that’s gonna keep happening in Downtown Brooklyn as over 1,000 affordable units are going to hit the market. It turns out that even with the lottery system having been in place for awhile, the application process confuses a huge number of applicants, who wind up automatically disqualified. So, in order to try to avoid that when Downtown’s affordable housing lottery starts, the Brooklyn Downtown Partnership is holding free classes to walk people through the application process.

The majority of people deemed ineligible in the lottery are deemed so because of poor credit or small mistakes when filling out the application, so the program was created to educate people on the necessary steps to avoid these issues. A series of free classes will take place over the next year focused on financial planning and ways to develop the credit history necessary to qualify for the lottery. Seminars will also include in depth training and informational sessions to coach attendees through the application and submission process, which can be grueling and confusing, and just one small error could cost you your eligibility.

The first class is set for this Thursday, July 31, at Brown Memorial Baptist Church, (484 Washington Avenue, Clinton Hill) You can RSVP to Churches United For Fair Housing by emailing jaylin [AT] cuffh.org. If you can’t make this class, you can check out the full seminar schedule for one that you might be able to.