According to Southside United HDFC-Los Sures, a local nonprofit organization, there were 87,000 applications submitted to a housing lottery for just 104 subsidized units at 325 Kent Avenue.
Los Sures conducted an outreach campaign to increase the number of applications, including hosting an informational seminar in December. The organization also opened two help centers to provide assistance with completing forms.
“Providing access to affordable housing units is at the foundation of our mission, so we took our role in providing lottery applicants with assistance throughout the process very seriously,” said executive director Ramon Peguero.
DIME Community Bank, in partnership with Los Sures, also opened a help center at its Havemeyer Street location.
In order to qualify for the lottery, families have to earn between $21,772 and $54,00 per year.
“Although that’s a large number of applicants for only 104 subsidized units, we feel very satisfied that we helped to make the process seamless,” Peguero said. “The overwhelming response is a powerful indication that affordable housing continues to be an issue facing our community, so it is important for us to help alleviate the toll in every way that we can.”