Affordable Housing

Housing lottery opens for 87 rent-stabilized units in Fort Greene

  • New Yorkers who earn $34,149 to $245,140 are eligible to apply and rents start at $910 for a studio
  • Hanson Place Seventh-day Adventist Church will offer youth programs in the building’s community space
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By Celia Young  |
December 21, 2023 - 12:30PM
A rendering of 142 South Portland.

The 13-story building at 142 South Portland Ave. holds 104 units total.

NYC Housing Connect

Housing lottery applications are open for 87 rent-stabilized apartments at a new development in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. New Yorkers who earn $34,149 to $245,140 are eligible to apply, depending on the size of the household. Rents start at $910 for a studio.

The building at 142 South Portland Ave. has a laundry room, medical center, community center, rooftop terrace, and elevators. It’s located near the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station, where 10 subway lines converge, and near the Lafayette Avenue A and C stop. 

The 13-story building was developed by MDG Design + Construction and sits on land owned by the Hanson Place Seventh-day Adventist Church, which will offer its family and music education programs in the community center. The $65.7 million project contains 104 units total, according to an announcement about the site’s groundbreaking. 

The development faced some opposition from residents who sued the city, arguing that the 2018 rezoning that allowed the project to move forward was illegal. A New York Supreme Court judge found that the rezoning was above board in 2019, and the developers officially broke ground in 2022. 

The building’s 87 rent-stabilized apartments are set aside for New Yorkers earning from 50 to 140 percent of the area median income (AMI)—a metric that depends on the number of 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 24 one-bedroom apartments available for households earning from $94,355 to $177,940. The rent for these apartments is $2,654 per month. 

The developers have set aside 50 percent of the rent-stabilized apartments for applicants who already live in the area, and 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. 14th.

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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