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New Affordable Housing Lottery Opens in East Elmhurst, Rent Starts at $2,185

Development at 104-22 Astoria Blvd. while under construction (Google Maps)

Nov. 14, 2019 By Allie Griffin

A new affordable housing lottery has opened in East Elmhurst with rents starting at $2,185 a month.

Through the lottery, three apartments up for grabs in a newly constructed building at 104-22 Astoria Blvd. One one-bedroom unit is available for $2,185 a month and two two-bedroom units are available for $2,635 a month.

The one-bedroom unit is open to households of one to three people who make between $74,915 and $124,930 combined annually. The two-bedroom units are available to households of two to five people who make between $90,343 and $149,890 combined annually.

A full breakdown of the income requirements to enter the housing lottery is below.

The building has a laundry room with a coin-operated washer and dryers and is nearby the Q19, Q23, Q48 and Q66 buses.

Tenants of the building will be responsible for the electricity bill, which covers heat, hot water and the stove, in addition to monthly rent.

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

The deadline to apply to the lottery is Dec. 6, 2019. Those eligible can apply online here.

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22 Comments

Mortgage and maintenance still less than this"affordable" rent.

???? IDK what”affordable housing” is anymore.

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Mike

No one ever states a dollar amount that would be affordable. You all ramble on about it not being affordable.

You can point a finger at the people that protest every single new apartment building going up for the lack of available rentals.

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Jenastoriat

Wondering how much the winter electric bills are going to be since they include heating. $300-400 a month more? This “affordable “ label is obscene. Call it upper middle class professional white collar housing or something, to be half way honest about it.

Developers should not be getting a tax break for this kind of housing. So think about that, taxpayers are reimbursing the developer and the rents are taking money away that would otherwise be spent locally. Remember that when you walk by all the shuttered store fronts. We all lose with this.

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your_neighbor

Why do you keep repeating the falsehood that developers get tax breaks for this?
What your local politicians agreed to was that if someone wants a zoning change they would be required to add some units of affordable housing. The zoning change could be either for changing the plot’s zoning from manufacturing to residential or for building more square feet of residential housing than zoning would normally allow.

Why don’t you read this before you go off on your tax break nonsense again.
https://jorgefontan.com/nyc-inclusionary-housing-program/

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John

There are policies that allow landlords can get tax benefits if they own a building after 1974 and agree to rent stabilization.

But what you are describing as part of this development is not correct.

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your_neighbor

The only tax benefits were for J-51 building wide improvements. These were taken away in the past past year with the rent stabilization reforms. This building most certainly isn’t getting any of those. If you can name any of your policies to get tax breaks I’d love to know about them.
This building is getting increased square footage for constructing affordable housing as per the policies approved by our politicians. The developers aren’t getting tax breaks.
You are incorrect John.

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Loops

Lol this is a joke. Why would elmhurst have such an expensive “affordable” complex. It’s also super far from transit and above the market rate.

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Colin Ahearn

How can Rent Starts at $2,185 be affordable? It’s time to vote these clowns out. Jessica Ramos has a lot to answer. I guess she more interested in street vendors and sex workers.

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Anonymous

AFFORDABLE @ 2,200. a month (that’s after tax income). You can’t be serious. What would it be if it did not have the affordable label? No wonder all the people who can afford to leave NY are leaving…mostly for the south…NO state income tax in Florida. In NY it is over 10%.

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David

Everyone I know who moved to Florida that weren’t retired moved out because of the incredibly low wages and poor education system. Florida is only good if you bring your own money with you which is exactly how the state is financially structured and expect your assets to be taxed on NAV.

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Jon

Florida is an awful place to live . Yeah , there’s no income tax but you have to live in Florida strip mall hell.

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Jenastoriat

Consider that the developer is getting a tax break for the so called affordable apts. That is where the problem is, that and greed in general.

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your_neighbor

The developer does not get a tax break, the developer is allowed to build more square feet on the plot of land than they would be entitled to without adding affordable housing.
In many cases the developer will take an old industrial zoned site and build housing – the price that they pay is that they need to build affordable units to get the zoning changed.

There is no tax break, it is a trade-off that the politicians that you elected came up with.

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LL

If you can not afford it then do not apply. Its that simple. There are plenty of people who can and that is why they are being built.

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Diane Speros

Affordable for who? No one I know makes that kind of money. Maybe DeBlasio and his crowd consider that affordable. What a joke. Total scam.

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Mike

That Housing lottery is the biggest scam that was ever pulled on New Yorkers , by DiBlasio cronies..

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Every Commenter on Here

Affordable!?! How is that affordable? You gotta be kidding me—affordable! Who can afford that! That’s not affordable. I can’t afford that. Astoria used to be affordable. You call that affordable?! That’s what affordable is today. They think people can afford that. I’ll show you affordable. Affordable!

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John

That sounds like market rates but what is affordable ? It’s all relative . No one can agree on what is affordable .

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