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New Astoria “Affordable” Housing Lottery Offers 12 Units Starting at $2,211 a Month

21-34 Broadway (Photo: Google Maps Dec. 2017)

Dec. 7, 2018 By Meghan Sackman

A new “affordable” housing lottery has opened in Astoria, where 12 units are available starting at more than $2,200 in monthly rent.

The units are being offered at 21-34 Broadway and there are six one-bedroom and six two-bedroom apartments on offer. The units will be in a six-story, 37 unit development, according to building plans.

The one-bedroom affordable units are priced at $2,211 a month and are available for household sizes of up to three people. The minimum income to qualify begins at $75,806 and goes up to $122,070.

The two-bedroom affordable apartments will rent for $2,666 and are available for household sizes between two and five people. An annual household income starting at $91,406 and going up to $146,510 is required to qualify—depending on family size.

The building is within walking distance to the N and W trains at the Broadway station as well as buses on the Q104, Q102, and Q100 lines. The building is smoke free.

Applications are open to all, with no special preference for local residents within Community Board 1. Some preference, however, is given to mobility-disabled applicants and those with vision or hearing disabilities.

To apply, visit Housing Connect online. Applications can also be sent by mail.

Applications must be postmarked or submitted online no later than Dec. 19, 2018. The developer is expected to receive a tax exemption as part of the city’s 421-a program, where the city gives a tax break to builders in exchange for providing some below market-rate rental units in the development.

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Abe

For that kind of price I better get a fancy “poor door” and not the generic service entrance delivery guys have to use.

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Demetrios

Other than a very bad joke, I see something worse here. If they can label these as
“affordable” it only makes me imagine that the plans for the area, pricing wise, are to have regular 1beds at around 3k and 2beds at 4k in the near future..

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Jon

Rent and home prices being out of reach for many people is now becoming a problem across most metro areas and even globally.

There are many factors.

One is the massive growth of the population.
In 1990 the world ‘s total population was about 5 billion people.

In 2018 the population is about 7.6 billion. That would mean in just 30 years , 2.5 times the current USA population was added to the planet. People live longer, people don’t die as fast.

We also have tax codes and higher education costs that make it difficult for people from low earning families to catch up to people from higher earner families. And this is getting worse.

We really need a long tern plane to fund steady construction of affordable housing.
In the old days, and company might come in and build housing for their worker (think the Steinway / Ditmars homes) b .

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Tommers

I live around 33rd and Broadway in Astoria and the 1 bedroom apartments near me are about $1600 a month. I would imagine some special affordable rate would be around $1000. But $2,200 plus sounds insane. But you can’t really blame the property owners… they are taking advantage of the environment the politicians we elected made possible.

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Nostradamus

Not only are the “affordable” rents unaffordable for the majority of New Yorkers, but that very majority is being forced to subsidize them.

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diane lapson

All of this AFFORDABLE HOUSING is a joke. It’s not for the middle class, that’s for sure. And 1 bedroom for up to 3 people. What the heck do the powers that be think we are? Should we all sleep on the floor. It’s terrible what has become of our society – once the real estate market was allowed to go out of control. Ruining all of our cities and no place for us to live. WHAT A RIDICULOUS DILEMMA AND BAD CITY PLANNING. I’ve been saying this for over 30 years already but now it’s at it’s worst.

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Elizabeth M.

This is actually pretty despicable. The idea of Affordable housing was to be able to provide an opportunity to those who DO NOT make alot of money, so that they too can live like human beings. Just because they are applying for Affordable housing does not make them less human

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Sonia

Affordable?? $2200 for a one bedroom lmao. It’s affordable to whom. Not me. I am a retired social worker. And though I am a “professional “ – I have to leave astoria – my home bc I can’t afford anything here.

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John

What number specifically for a 1 bedroom would most people consider to be affordable?

I’ve never been able to see where anyone agrees on this but I am curios what everyone thinks is affordable.

If estimate $12 per hour as your minimum wage, and a 40hr work week and a 4 week month, that is $1920 before taxes. Let’s assume 30% taxes (which is low).
Take home is $1386. That would leave $693 if you use half your income on rent.

But there is no way anyone will rent a one bedroom or studio for $693.

I’m think $900-$1000 for a studio, $1000-$1500 for a one bedroom and $2000 for a two bedroom would count as affordable.

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Eleanor Batchelder

But the chart says you have to have minimum income of $75,000 (1-3 people) to even apply!

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Ramona.Rairrez.Encarn

Please let me know if yours having opportunity to getting, housing,affordable renting, in NYS,NYC, Manhattan. thanks.have, bless Christmas.

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Anonymous

Doesn’t anyone account for taxes. The median income in new York dropped. Millenias are up to their eyeballs in debt…but at least it has a pool and gym….I mean at least its smoke free..

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Dr.Strauss,T.Elisabeth

It seems very irrelevant🤔It does nit look affordable-that is misguiding! Whomever wrote this article or whatever transpires-it’s nothing more than what i call “cheating advertisment”🤑

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Anonymous

It’s not affordable, it’s part of the affordable housing program in NYC and that’s the point of the story.

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Rents too damn high

Affordable LMAO. It’s only Affordable to those on section 8 or gov’t assistance. Thank you Amazon!

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Joe F

This is literally the average price of an apartment in Astoria – not even cheapest, just average. Seems to me like someone is scamming the city for tax rebates or something.

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C

I believe they coin them “affordable” as they find the median rent for the area and then take $100/month or so off of it. “Affordable” housing is a tax scam.

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Michele Bajraktari

…..and the developers are getting a tax break?! Of course! They are such humanitarians. They should be rewarded for such generosity.

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Secotory Almahdy

Is this is a joke? This is not affordable at all. How many people made that minimum salary?

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Unhappy senior

This is why I’m moving to another state. NY one day will be for the very rich and the very poor. What has happened to our beautiful city, too many greedy rich people who only want to be richer

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SG

Affordable, Seriously? These people are so greedy for money it’s disgusting. NYC is going to be the next California, working people living in their cars.

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Voiceofreason

Those of you who stay in that state are being scammed. Now they have you believing that $2,000 per month for a crappy apartment is affordable and that making $75,000 per year is low income. They’re brainwashing you. Go to any other state and it’s cheaper, and they don’t charge you to use the roads and bridges either. I feel bad for you. Move!

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CecyZ

This a joke, affordable? Most people monthly income is less than the rent being offer as lottery. Please get, serious you are such a joke.

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Pitro

I don’t need affordable housing if I
make this much money. Make it affordable for those who make the minimum wage

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Sj

Try charging half that amount and that’s what is called affordable housing not what they are charging. Our politicians do nothing to get us affordable housing and our borough president Katz does nothing either.

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Mork

I hope all of you who voted for the medicority that is Diblasio realize this is the doing of his corrupt relatiotionships w/ big real estate. He is so out of touch it boggles the Gd mind

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Gerald

This affordable housing is all shady! I’m a city worker, have been applying for 10+ years to these “affordable housing” lotteries. I should get a 5% advantage, but I have not ever been called in. Plus, most are either too cheap or too expensive. It’s all a sham and I can’t believe there’s no independent investigation into this.

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Sabrina

This is absolutely horrendous. I cannot afford to love here anymore… I’ve been at my job for 13 years and don’t make 75k!!! This is NOT affordable housing! This is a damned joke!

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