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FAQ

FAQ

Q. What is the Ashland Lottery?
A. Ashland Lottery is the official process for eligible applicants to apply for one of the 282 brand new affordable rental apartments at 250 Ashland Place in Brooklyn.
Q. What is an affordable apartment?
A. Good question. Affordable apartments are units offered at below market rents for income eligible residents, through housing programs developed in partnership with the City of New York. The apartment's rents and income limits are based on HUD published Area Median Incomes. Applicants are required to meet additional criteria established by the Owner and the City. All apartments are rent stabilized.
Q. How do I know if I might qualify for one of these affordable rental units?
A. We've put together a handy income table for you here to get a sense of whether you can qualify for one of these units.
Q. How do I apply?
A. You can apply online through New York City's Housing Connect site at www.nyc.gov/housingconnect or request a paper application by sending a self-addressed envelope to: Ashland Lottery c/o Breaking Ground, PO Box 3620937, New York, NY 10129. Your chances of being selected in a lottery are the same whether you apply online or by regular mail.
Q. How do I submit an application through Housing Connect?
A. First you must create an account on Housing Connect. Only one account should be created per household. Click the "Sign In" button on the top right-hand corner to create a new account. Enter your email and a temporary password will be sent to that email address. Once you've created an account and logged in, click on the "Edit Profile" button on the top right-hand corner. You'll provide contact information, list household members, and fill out the fields regarding employment information, income, assets, and current living situation. Once your profile is complete, you'll click the "Search" button on the top right-hand corner. On the housing list, you will find 250 Ashland, and can click the orange "Apply" button on the far right column.
Q. Do I need to pay a fee to apply? Should I use a broker?
A. Applicants may never be charged an application fee, but will be charged a non-refundable credit check fee if their application is selected for processing and they have been found eligible to interview for the building. These apartments are currently being marketed under a lottery format and no brokers are permitted.
Q. When can I submit my application? What is the deadline?
A. Applications will be accepted for a 60 day period starting February 9, 2016 with a deadline of April 11, 2016. On-line applications must be submitted before 11:59 PM on April 11, 2016 and paper applications must be postmarked by April 11, 2016. Submitting your application early will not help your chances.
Q. What happens once my application has been submitted?
A. Following the deadline April 11, a computer generated lottery will randomly assign a log number to all applications submitted before the deadline. The log number plus the set-aside and preference groups described below will determine the order in which each application is processed. If you applied on-line, you can view your log number on the Housing Connect website, on the Search page, in the column labeled "Application Status." Applicants will be contacted for an in-person interview and further information based on their log number as well as whether they qualify for one of the set-asides or preference groups as described below.
Q. What are the preferences and set asides?
A. As mandated by New York City, residents of Brooklyn Community Board 2 will receive a 50% preference and municipal employees will receive a 5% preference. Further, 5% of the units will be set aside for applicants with mobility impairments and 2% of the units will be set aside for applicants with a hearing or visual impairment.
Q. How long will it take for my application to be approved?
A. The first applicants in the log list will begin to be contacted approximately 45-60 days after the lottery closes in April. Applicants will be contacted provided there is a potential unit available to them; once the units in a particular category have been filled, no additional applicants will be contacted for that category. For example, once 2 bedroom units for applicants earning between $89,898 and $142,395 have been leased, no additional applicants will be contacted for those units. Note that you may apply to multiple lotteries at once through the Housing Connect website to increase your chances of being selected.
Q. What information do I have to bring with me to an interview?
A. Be prepared to present documentation regarding your current apartment (such as a lease, rent receipts and utility bills), identification for all household members, and income documents including pay stubs and federal and state tax returns. For a full list of required documents, please consult "After you Apply for Affordable Housing: Checklists and Resources" available on the Housing Connect website.
Q. Where can I check on my application status?
A. If you apply through Housing Connect, you'll be able to see information regarding project status, as well as your log number on the Housing List found by clicking the "Search" button in the top-right corner. If you apply on paper, you may leave a message at 1-800-324-7055. Calls will be returned after April 30th when we will be given access by New York City's Housing Development Corporation to the applications.
Q. Can I apply more than once? Can I be listed as part of two different households?
A. You can only submit one application only for this particular building. You cannot list yourself in multiple households. If you apply online, you may not also submit a paper application. Applicants who submit duplicate applications may be disqualified. You may apply to multiple Housing Connect lotteries for different buildings simultaneously to increase your odds of finding a new affordable apartment.
Q. What if my income fluctuates month to month or year to year? How will my income be assessed and what should I write on the application?
A. If your income is episodic or fluctuating, you should make an informed projection of your annual income on the application, based on your past earning patterns and any guaranteed future income. To be prepared in the event you are selected for an interview, it is critical to have documentation of all your income for the previous 3 years, the current year, and any documentation you have regarding future income (such as signed contracts for employment or services). Tax returns are valuable as evidence of your past income, along with all your W-2s, 1099s, and documentation of cash income (such as bank statements showing deposits), contracts, or letters from employers. Please see "After you Apply for Affordable Housing: Checklists and Resources" available on the Housing Connect website for additional information. Please see the "Applicant Income Guide" found here for more information.
Q. Is net or gross income used to determine your income eligibility?
A. Income will be calculated using gross annual income (the income you receive before any taxes or deductions), except for self-employed applicants. For self-employed applicants, net income is analyzed, which includes net business income from current and prior years. Such applicants must have at least two complete years in the same self-employed field.
Q. Will my rent increase?
A. If you are offered a lease at 250 Ashland, you will have the choice of a 1- or 2-year rent stabilized lease. Your rent may increase annually based on what's permitted at that time by the New York City Rent Guidelines Board.
Q. What happens if my income changes after I move in?
A. 250 Ashland Place is designed to be permanently affordable. Regardless of changes to your income or household size, increases will never exceed the permitted increases set annually by New York City Rent Guidelines Board.
Q. Are utilities included in the rent?
A. Rent includes heat, water and cooking gas. Electric is billed by landlord based on your actual cost and actual usage. It is not metered directly with utility company, but sub-metered, read, and calculated by an independent third party.
Q. Will I be able to choose my apartment?
A. 250 Ashland Place offers a wide range of apartment sizes and layouts, from studios to 3 bedrooms. Your income and household size determines the apartments for which you qualify. Once your eligibility is established, you may be able to choose from a few currently available apartments within that category.
Q. What are the building-wide amenities? Is there a fee?
A. 250 Ashland Place is a full service building with a complete amenity package. Amenities include: 24-hour attended lobby, on-site resident manager, roof deck/terrace*, fitness center*, playroom, resident lounge*, concierge*, bike storage, laundry in building*. * additional fees may apply
Q. What are the apartment amenities? Are there dishwashers or washer/dryers in the units?
A. Homes at 250 Ashland Place are beautifully appointed, and feature central air, plank wood floors, granite counters, dishwashers, and washer/dryers (in all 2 and 3 bedroom units only).
Q. Do you allow pets?
A. Yes, up to two (2) pets (e.g. dogs, cats) are permitted in each apartment with a combined weight not to exceed 100 lbs. Breed restrictions do apply but there are no additional fees. All other pets are subject to approval by the Owner.
Q. Who owns 250 Ashland?
A. 250 Ashland Place is owned by an affiliate of Gotham Organization, a 100-year old real estate company that develops, owns and operates Class A buildings throughout New York City.