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Buy a house in southeast Queens for under $400,000

By Nathan Tempey  | May 23, 2018 - 12:00PM

115-69 224th St. in Cambria Heights and 91-09 1⁄2 138th Pl. in Jamaica have been renovated with city funds and are being sold by Habitat for Humanity.


Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications to buy one of two houses in southeast Queens for less than $400,000.

The houses, fixed up with city funding, are in Cambria Heights and Jamaica. The Cambria Heights house is a two bedroom at 115-69 224 St., set aside for two- to four-person households making $55,000-$83,450 a year. It is equipped for people with mobility-related disabilities, and priced at $296,100.

The Jamaica property is a three bedroom at 91-09 1⁄2 138 Pl., reserved for three- to six-person households making $60,300-$96,850 a year. It's set to cost $356,400. 

Applicants must have no more than $184,351 in assets to qualify. That amount includes a 1 percent down payment, which is required. You also must use the house as your primary residence if you get it, and you can't have bought residential real estate in the past.

The Cambria Heights house is compact and brick, with a small front and backyard and a wheelchair ramp. It's on a residential block a short walk from the Nassau County line. An express bus stops four blocks away and takes about an hour and a half to get into Midtown. The Queens Village and St. Albans Long Island Rail Road stops are both a little less than two miles away.

The Jamaica house is in a row of attached houses, across the street from a playground, and bordered on one side by an MTA utility lot. That end of the block makes a T at the Jamaica LIRR train yard. As a result, it's about a five minute walk to the Jamaica LIRR station, as well as the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue J, Z, E subway station.

To request an application, email [email protected] with "ADA Home Mobility or Audio/Visual" in the subject line, or call (646) 779-8846. You can also request an application by mail by sending a self-addressed envelope to Habitat Queens Phase II, Homeownership Department, 111 John St., 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10038. Applications must be postmarked by June 30th, 2018.

Habitat for Humanity is holding an informational session on the application process on Thursday, May 24th, at 6 p.m., at the Habitat office, 111 John St. To attend, email [email protected] with your name, phone number, and email, and the date of the session.

Note: Brick Underground is in no way affiliated with New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. For more on city-sponsored homeownership opportunities, click here. For more details on this particular lottery, click here. For information about "affordable" rental opportunities, visit NYC Housing Connect.



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