East New York Affordable Housing Lottery With $465 Units Opens


An affordable housing lottery has opened for 203 newly constructed units across 30 neighboring buildings that are part of East New York’s Nehemiah Spring Creek development, an enormous, long in the works, truly affordable housing development on the site of a former wetland and later landfill.

Included in the lottery are seven studios, 20 one-bedrooms, 148 two-bedrooms, and 28 three-bedrooms. They are intended for households with incomes between 30 to 80 percent of Area Median Income, or $18,480 to $140,080 for one to seven people, the listing on NYC Housing Connect specifies.

Monthly rents start at $471 and go up to $1,466 for studios. One-bedrooms range from $591 a month to $1,742; two-bedrooms are between $700 and $2,141; and three-bedroom units start at $800 and go up to $2,430. Rent includes gas for heating, while tenants are responsible for paying for electricity.

The buildings have an on-site super, security cameras, high speed Internet, package room, and shared laundry room.

kitchen with white upper cabinets
Photo via NYC Housing Connect

Sitting on 45 acres of former wetlands, and later landfill, the Nehemiah Spring Creek project has been in the works for many years. Nehemiah HDFC, the development offshoot of nonprofit East Brooklyn Congregations, is working with Monadnock Development on completing the gigantic project in phases. Already, hundreds of units have been built and filled through affordable housing lotteries.

The wider Nehemiah program began in 1983 and has to date produced over 4,000 single-family homes purchased at below-market rates by their occupants in eastern Brooklyn.

The houses being built on Vandalia Avenue in June 2023. Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark
The site where the 30 buildings are going up, pictured in 2015. Image via Google Maps

The apartments in the current lottery, dubbed Nehemiah Spring Creek Octets Phase 4C, are in 30 buildings along Vandalia Avenue and Gateway Drive. Some of the addresses include 414 Vandalia Avenue and 71 Gateway Drive.

According to Monadnock Development, the buildings are designed in “octet style” and are four stories high with eight units each, designed to fit in with the low- to mid-rise nature of Spring Creek. Together, the 30 buildings include 240 units. Permits show Michael Gelfand of MHG Architects, P.C., who has worked on other buildings in the development, is the architect of record.

Nehemiah Spring Creek Octets Phase 4C has been financed through the city’s Extremely Low and Low Income Affordability (ELLA) Program.

The lottery for Nehemiah Spring Creek Octets Phase 4C closes on May 28. To apply, visit the listing on Housing Connect.

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