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New ‘Affordable’ Housing Lottery Opens in Astoria, Rent Starts at $1,900 for Studio

31- 19 37th St (Reside New York)

Jan. 21, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Twelve apartments in a newly constructed Astoria building are up for grabs through the city’s affordable housing lottery — but only for those who make at least $65,000.

The twelve units, a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, at 31-19 37th St. cost upwards of $1,900 a month.

Two studio units are available for $1,900 in monthly rent to households of one to two people who make between $65,143 and $111,020 combined annually.

Four one-bedroom units are available for $2,050 a month to households of one to three people who make between $70,286 and $124,930 combined annually.

Lastly, six two-bedroom units are available for $2,400 a month to households of two to five people who make between $82,286 and $149,890 combined annually.

A breakdown of the full income requirements is below.

Minimum income requirements may not apply to applications with Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers or other qualifying rental subsidies.

The new building offers multiple amenities including a gym, elevator, stainless steel appliances, rooftop access, digital doorman, storage space, bike room, balconies, recreation room and a card-based laundry room.

Nearby transit includes the N and W subways, as well as the Q101, Q104, Q18 and Q102 buses.

In addition to monthly rent, tenants are responsible for paying for electricity which includes heat, hot water and the stove.

The deadline to apply to the lottery is Feb. 10. 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.

The building will receive a tax exemption as a result of participating in the affordable housing lottery.

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I'll keep my mortgage and maintenance, thank you.

Mortgage is 974. Maintenance is 660. Coned is now 166 (used to be 103), cable is 150.

Y’all are paying that in rent alone and here are all my bills done with the same money.

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Joann Reinhardt

OMG. I was born & raised in Astoria. I left in ‘68 & moved to Florida. I was paying $90 for a 3 room apt in a 4th. floor walk up. I had 3 children & couldn’t afford anything else on Grand Ave so 52 years in FL. You can buy a 3/2 with a mtg less than that rent. Good luck all. Astoria is a great place despite all.

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Anonymous

generally, people who make that range of earnings simple can not afford that amount of rent, especially for what you are getting back in value (studio size place). Best way to challenge the system is to boycott it and not give in to their demands of high rent. However, the sad truth is people will not or cannot do that as they need a place to live and Astoria has run out of places to live. What a shame.

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Kate

I rent an older apartment and just got a deduction in monthly rent now that it was time to renew my lease after I told my landlord I was thinking about moving out. According to my local realtor, there are so many vacate older apartments which are getting harder to rent each year with the average asking price. Those that are renting quicker tend to be the newer apartments with amenities (like a doorman for safety) from people who are moving to Astoria looking for new developments and cheaper options from pricey exclusive neighborhoods.

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Marko

I think its worth it. The area is in the heart of Astoria. Away from the con ed plants, LGA, and the projects. Its also on a one way residential street which makes it quieter. If you do not like it then do not apply for it. What did you think would happen when the minimum wage was increased in this city to $15 an hour? Its an example of the new affordable.

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Mac

Marko- People earning $15 an hour aren’t even eligible to apply for the lottery. $15 X 40 Hours =$600 A week. $600 X 52 =$31,200 per year. Even a couple earning minimum wage wouldn’t be eligible to apply for these apartments. I can’t see any reason as to why my original post was blocked.

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Joseph

I agree that this is not affordable to some like myself in Astoria. However, there are still plenty of people who apply and look at it as saving money when they compare the cost of rent for brand new units of similar sizes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and LIC. As long as there is a demand of people willing to pay these amounts (and more for “non affordable units”) developers will keep building them.

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Econ

It is called affordable but not affordable in reality for an average American. Also there is loss of tax revenue that could be used for public goods or services for the poor or all. The overall system is so badly rigged that most of the policies benefit the rich even if they are called affordable, etc.

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A Anthony

If you think these “affordable housing” rates are too high, it’s too late to start complaining. Once you started to let “better buildings” and renovations with new “NICE” neighbors, your neighborhood’s rates started to go up – years ago. BECAUSE, Affordable housing is based on the medium income of the neighborhood. Not on past rent or the neighborhood. Yes, those new hipsters you let (or led) into Astoria 10 years ago, made your rent go up. They were young then, just our of college, they are older now making more money. Their current income has changed your area’s demographic. C.U.P. does workshops on this to inform communities. https://vimeo.com/7031482

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Harry Bingham IV

Take a look at the market rate units in this building on Street Easy. Ultra tiny studios and one-bedrooms with hideous layouts.
Your “balcony” is a 3′ by 6′ concrete slab that can’t even fit a decent chair.

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Spyros Pappadimos

Better to fork over that for a new and modern apt than a run down one with lathing walls falling apart and a bathroom kitchen that hasn’t been updated since the 70s.

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Tess Tickle

This place is so convenient to all my shopping needs on Steinway Street at places like “For Rent” and “Everything Must Go”.

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Tony

All of the born and raised Astorians should protest this joke of a building. I think they are actually trying to insult our intelligence.

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Pat Macnamara

Used to be a parking lot there. Probably more affordable to lease a new car, pay the insurance, have a high end membership to Equinox to shower, eat out three to four times a day and live in your car on the street.

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jenastoriat

Shameful. Time to change the legal meaning of “affordable housing” and retract those tax breaks to the developers.

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Salvatore Coppola

How the hell is $1,900 a month for a studio apartment affordable plus you got to pay for heat and hot water so it’s actually a cold water flat, what a joke this is getting to be $1,900 a month for a studio ridiculous

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Just Saying

Good deal for the developers, 40 years property tax free. $1900 doesn’t sound all that “affordable”. Wonder what this will cost the city in the long run in lost tax revenue?

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Adele Bevan

This is a joke! Affordable? How is this affordable? In addition to the high rent $$$….your electric bill is going to be a bummer! Let me know when your affordable housing is actually affordable. FYI A friend of mine just won the housing lottery. She got a 1 bedroom with a large fully equipped kitchen on the 21st floor of a luxury high rise in Hudson Yards for $1100 a month. That’s affordable and it’s Manhattan! Why is affordable housing not affordable in Astoria?

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Vickie

This is a disgrace!!! Where are the young folks going to live? With their Parents forever!!!! How many people can share studio space, eat, transportation etc.
It’s sad and scary for the youth trying to make a living and grow in this city and this is happening all over the Country.

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Doug

Hahahahahaha what a joke. Look at my posh studio 4 blocks from projects and just think astoria crime is at all time high. Amazing deal I gotta admit. 😐 In other news the guy who mugs you may be nice enough to take you to a mets game after he is freed from his arrest all on the city taxpayers dime. What a time to be alive in NYC

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Mac

Doug- Give it a rest already. Crime, Mets tickets and other bail reform talking points. You’re obsessed. Fox Entertainment has severely damaged your psyche. You obviously didn’t know HK, Williamsburg or Chelsea just twenty years ago.

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