Buy Affordable Housing

Apply for a chance to buy a house in East New York for less than $200,000

By Nathan Tempey  | February 2, 2018 - 9:00AM

Some townhouses in an earlier-built phase of the Nehemiah Spring Creek affordable housing development.

Mondanock Construction

An affordable housing developer is accepting applications to buy 83 new townhouses in East New York, Brooklyn through a housing lottery. [Editor's Note: This 2018 lottery has ended. Go to Housing Connect to search for current NYC housing lotteries.]

The houses are set aside for households making $49,997-$153,790, and run from two-bedroom, single-family houses to two-family houses with three-bedroom apartments. They start at $197,500, with a 5 percent down payment required for all homes, and a household asset limit of $166,950, plus the required down payment amount.

The development is part of the larger Nehemiah Spring Creek affordable housing tract, which is supposed to total 225 houses and 1,295 apartments when completed. The complex is being constructed on vast lots on what was once a landfill next to the Gateway Center Mall, across Hendrix Creek from Starrett City. The houses are roughly a seven-minute walk from an express bus to Midtown, and a mile from the Van Siclen Avenue 3 station.

As with rental housing lotteries, half of the homes are set aside for residents of the area (in this case, Brooklyn Community Board 5), 5 percent are reserved for municipal workers, and a smattering more for people with disabilities. Each house comes with a backyard, off-street parking, and washer-dryer and dishwasher hookups.

Full pricing and income eligibility details are here:


To download an application, click here. To request an application by mail, send a self-addressed envelope to Nehemiah Spring Creek Phase 4A, 551 Vandalia Avenue, 1st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11239.

Don't apply more than once, or you could be disqualified. Applications must be postmarked by April 3rd.

If you'd like more information on the application process, East Brooklyn Congregations, the co-developer, is hosting informational sessions. One is on February 13th, at Hope Christian Center, 369 New Lots Ave. in Brooklyn. The other is on March 12th, at St. Paul Community Baptist Church, 859 Hendrix St. in Brooklyn. Both are set for 7 p.m.

Note: Brick Underground is in no way affiliated with New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development or the Housing Development Corporation. If you are interested in applying to affordable housing rentals, please go to the NYC Housing Connect website for information and instructions.




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