Housing lottery launches for 135 rent-stabilized apartments in Morris Heights in the Bronx

June 6, 2024
Brick Underground
By Celia Young


Housing lottery applications are open for 125 rent-stabilized apartments at a new development in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx. New Yorkers who earn $24,446 to $134,160 are eligible to apply, depending on the size of the household. Rents start at $616 for a one bedroom.

The building at 1600 Grand Ave. has a gym, laundry room, children’s playroom, terrace, and media room. It’s located near the Mount Eden Avenue subway station with service to the 4 train.

Developed by Services for the UnderServed and Bronx Pro Group, the 14-story building holds 600 units total, including supportive housing for the formerly homeless, according to Services for the UnderServed. It replaced a former hospital building that served as an addiction treatment center.


Renderings of the Starhill building and reception area. Renderings by Marvel Architects.

The apartments are set aside for New Yorkers earning between 30 and 80 percent of the area median income (AMI)—a metric that depends on how many people you live with. Currently the AMI for New York City is $124,300 for a two-person household. The apartments available include one- and two-bedroom units.

There are 52 one-bedroom apartments available for households earning from $75,223 to $134,160. The rent for these apartments is $2,066.

The developers have set aside 20 percent of the rent-stabilized apartments for applicants who already live in the area. Future lotteries will use a lower ratio as a result of a lawsuit settlement, which claimed the practice of community preference perpetuates segregation and violates the Fair Housing Act. Check out: “NYC agrees to cut percentage of housing lottery units set aside for nearby residents.”

Another 5 percent of the apartments will be preferentially given to NYC employees. A small percentage of the apartments are also set aside for residents with mobility, vision, and hearing needs.

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than July 30th.

If you’re interested and think you might qualify for one of these apartments, you can create a profile and apply online via NYC Housing Connect. For details on this particular lottery, click here. Don’t apply more than once, or you could be disqualified.

Winning a rent-stabilized apartment can be life changing: Rent increases are capped and lease renewals are automatic, providing long-term stability for NYC renters. Need more information on how the housing lottery works? Check out “6 steps for applying to NYC’s affordable housing lottery.”

For some advice from successful applicants read “How to land a rental apartment through NYC’s affordable housing lottery.” And if you or someone you know is having trouble with the application process, consider reaching out to a housing ambassador in the community.

Note: Brick Underground is in no way affiliated with New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development or the Housing Development Corporation. If you are interested in applying to these or other affordable housing developments, please go to NYC Housing Connect for information and instructions.

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