Affordable Housing

Housing lottery launches for 64 apartments at a new development in the Bronx

  • New Yorkers who earn up to $140,080 are eligible to apply for units in the Mott Haven building
  • The 15-story building has a laundry room, community center, bike storage, playroom, and terrace
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By Celia Young  |
December 7, 2023 - 9:30AM
A rendering of the 15-story development in Mott Haven, the Betances family apartments.

A rendering of the new development at 405 East 146th St.

NYC Housing Connect

Housing lottery applications are open for 64 rent-stabilized apartments at a new development in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. New Yorkers who earn up to $140,080 per year are eligible to apply, depending on the size of their household. Rents start at $617 for a studio.

The 15-story building at 405 East 146th St. has a laundry room, community center, bike storage, playroom, and terrace. It’s located near the Third Avenue–149th Street station that serves the 2 and 5 trains. 

Developers Lemle & Wolff Development Company, Alembic Community Development, and The Bridge topped out the building last year, replacing an empty retail building that previously occupied the lot, according to the New York City Housing Authority and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. 

Dubbed the Betances Family Apartments, the building holds 101 units total. Thirty of its apartments are reserved for formerly homeless households, and will offer on-site benefits counseling and case management services to previously homeless residents, according to NYCHA. 

The 64 apartments available through the lottery are set aside for New Yorkers earning between 30 and 80 percent of the area median income (AMI)—a metric that depends on how many people you live with. (Currently the AMI for New York City is $113,000 for a two-person household.)

The apartments available include studios as well as one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. There are eight one-bedroom apartments available for households earning up to from $60,823 to $88,970. The rent for these apartments is $1,676. 

At least two apartments are reserved for renters who qualify for Section 8 housing assistance. Those renters do not have to meet the minimum income requirements, and the maximum income for applicants is $52,530. The rent for those units is effectively zero.

The developers have set aside 50 percent of the rent-stabilized apartments for applicants who already live in the area and 25 percent of the units for those who already reside in a NYCHA building. Another 5 percent of the apartments will be preferentially given to NYC employees. A small percentage of the apartments are also set aside for residents with mobility, vision, and hearing needs. 

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than Feb. 13th.

If you’re interested and think you might qualify for one of these apartments, you can create a profile and apply online via NYC Housing Connect. For details on this particular lottery, click here. Don’t apply more than once, or you could be disqualified.

Winning a rent-stabilized apartment can be life changing: Rent increases are capped and lease renewals are automatic, providing long-term stability for NYC renters. Need more information on how the housing lottery works? Check out “6 steps for applying to NYC's affordable housing lottery.”

For some advice from successful applicants read “How to land a rental apartment through NYC's affordable housing lottery.” And if you or someone you know is having trouble with the application process, consider reaching out to a housing ambassador in the community.

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 these or other affordable housing developments, please go to NYC Housing Connect for information and instructions.

Have you successfully won an apartment through the affordable housing lottery? If you have first-person advice to share about the process, we’d love to hear from you. Please send us an email. We respect all requests for anonymity.

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Celia Young

Senior Writer

Celia Young is a senior writer at Brick Underground where she covers New York City residential real estate. She graduated from Brandeis University and previously covered local business at the Milwaukee Business Journal, entertainment at Madison Magazine, and commercial real estate at Commercial Observer. She currently resides in Brooklyn.

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