For waaaaaaaayyyy too long, New York City affordable housing lotteries have only been accessible using paper forms and snail mail. This meant individual repetitive applications for each development with no verification process. It also meant that anyone in Gen. Y was not going to bother applying. The New York Observer reports that the application process has been brought into the 21st century, meaning as of now you can apply for affordable housing ON THE INTERNET.
Currently, there are only two open lotteries are for buildings in East Harlem and Richmond Hill, Queens. The New York Times hasn’t done real estate features on these neighborhoods yet, but $785 for a studio?!?! Yes, please.
Keep in mind there are required income ranges. For that particular studio (in Richmond Hill), you must make between $28,869 and $34,860 a year.
At the NYC Housing Connect website, you can check out open lotteries and apply online using a saved profile. The odds are still not great (it’s called a lottery for a reason), but we here at Brokelyn applaud the efforts made to streamline the process and encourage you to apply if you’re within the income guidelines.
Follow Rachel: @RachelEveStein.