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New ‘Affordable’ Housing Lottery Opens in Ridgewood, Rent Starts at $1,797 for Studios

The Strand located at 18-81 Starr St. (NYC HPD)

July 10, 2020 by Allie Griffin

Forty apartments in a newly constructed building in Ridgewood are up for grabs through the city’s affordable housing lottery — but only for those who make at least $61,000 a year.

The building, called the “The Strand,” is located at 18-81 Starr St. It has a mix of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units, which cost upwards of $1,797 a month through the lottery.

Residents must make 130 percent of the area median income to be eligible for the lottery.

There are 11 studio units available for $1,797 a month to households of one to two people who make between $61,612 and $118,300 combined annually.

Another 22 one-bedroom units are available for $2,525 a month to households of one to three people who make between $86,606 and $133,120 combined annually.

Six two-bedroom units are available for $3,044 a month to households of two to five people who make between $104,366 and $159,640 combined annually.

A single three-bedroom is also available for $3,508 a month to households of three to seven people who make between $120,275 and $183,300 combined annually.

A breakdown of the full income requirements is below.

The Strand offers a plethora of amenities, though additional fees apply to most. The building features an attended lobby and package room, onsite parking, laundry, bike storage, fitness center, outdoor terraces, a co-working lounge and a media/gaming lounge.

Nearby transit includes M and L trains and the B38 and B57 buses.

In addition to monthly rent, tenants are responsible for paying for electricity. Gas for cooking and heat is included.

The deadline to apply for the lottery is Sept. 1. Mailed-in applications must be postmarked by that date.

While the units are given out to eligible applicants through a lottery, some preference is given to applicants with vision, mobility and hearing disabilities.

Those eligible can apply to the housing lottery online here.

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LIC and fed up.

I leased out a nice two bedroom apartment in one of my properties to a old neighbor for less than $1797 and threw in the electrical and gas as well in LIC. I want a good tenant who can pay on time enough with the greed!! Ridgewood, only those with vouchers need apply.

confused how that works

how is this affordable if you have to make over the median income???


Hopefully this will help the city house some homeless people. Landlords are waiting for courts to open so they can begin evicting tenants who can not pay rent due to covid 19. Its very sad but landlords should not be allowed to throw anyone out until there is a vaccine and they should be forced to accept whatever tenants can afford to pay.


Can I force grocery store owners to accept whatever I can afford to pay too? How about drug stores, the bank that holds my car loan, the barber shop, the MTA, Uber, the IRS, New York State, New York City, restaurants and bars. On a negative note can my employer not pay me but make me keep working anyway? How does this system work?


The hipsters are working from home outside NYC. Good luck finding tenants greedy land developers.

Hipster jokes? Is it 2006 already?

Hipsters are in their late 30s now.

Why don’t you trust billionaire luxury condo developers like Trump?

lenora Quildon

How are they calling this affordable housing and the income has to be 61,000 and up..This affordable housing lottery is not for low income people. Yet they are building in low income area’s and displacing people who lived there all their lives. Shame on you NYC

There have been worse $$$$.

This 1700 bill is actually closer to running my maintenance and mortgage neck and neck.


not worth it, especially for a tiny studio. way too expensive and at least an hour from the city by train. you are paying a yunnie hipster brooklyn tax to live there. yeah, i know its in queens, but these things spill over.

Michael A

AFFORDABLE? What a Joke. Where’s the housing for the real people who make $15 an hour? Or Seniors who live on SS checks. I don’t call this housing affordable. Try writing an article where a person finds a REAL AFFORDABLE apartment in NYC? I guess they don’t exist anymore due to Greedy Landlords.


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