The Clark Housing Lottery

If you earn between $55,286 and $168,220, you could save up to $12K a year on a brand new apartment at The Clark, a new amenity-rich luxury building in PLG.

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Fifty-one lucky households will be selected through a lottery to obtain rent stabilized affordable units at restricted middle income prices. The lottery is run in cooperation with The Clark, the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and the non-profit Housing Partnership Development Corp.


Tell me more about The Clark

The Clark is a new 170-unit building on the corner of Clarkson and Nostrand Avenues. The first residents moved in this summer. Thirty percent of the units have been set aside for middle income residents, which means the monthly rent is affordable to middle income households and those households must qualify at the outset. To apply for these units, applicants have to enter a housing lottery administered by NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

What is RentSmart?

RentSmart is housing that is affordable to middle or moderate-income households. The RentSmart apartments at The Clark are affordable to households who earn 100-130% of AMI. AMI is the Area Median Income which is set by HUD and incorporates the NYC metropolitan area. This is the metric used by the City of New York for all affordable housing programs.

Who should apply?

Everyone who is within the income brackets! If your household income and size are within the range on the chart above you could qualify. If your income is above the maximum, please click here to take a look at market rate apartments at The Clark. If your income is below the minimum, take a look at NYC Housing Connect to see what housing opportunities could apply to you.

What is a household?

A household is everyone who will be living with you in the apartment. To be a household the applicants have to show that they are financially interdependent, as indicated by current leases or utility records demonstrating a shared address, or documentation, such as bank accounts, demonstrating shared assets.

What are the benefits of The Clark Lottery?

Saving on rent! The apartments in The Clark Lottery have preset, reduced rents that can save you between $6,000 - $12,000 on rent every year. In addition to the savings, your apartment will also be rent stabilized, which means that your rent can only increase by fixed amount determined each year by the Rent Guidelines Board.

Can I see an apartment in person?

Yes! Enter your contact information above and we’ll email you about open houses at the building. 

Do I go to the leasing office to see units?

The leasing office in the building is only offering tours and leases on the market-rate units which are not part of The Clark Lottery. These units are not income-restricted and they are typically priced $500-$800 more per month. But don’t worry, fill out the above email contact form and we will be in touch regarding apartment and building tours PLUS we will have specialized leasing staff on hand who can answer questions about the lottery and NYC Housing Connect!

Will I have access to all building amenities?

Absolutely! The Clark has excellent amenities including an attended lobby with package storage, parking*, dog run and washing station, fitness center, yoga/meditation space, furnished indoor residents lounge / media room with terrace, quiet co-working space, storage* & bike room*, rooftop gardening plots* and furnished outdoor penthouse space complete with grilling station, seating for dining al fresco, lounging and sunning (*additional fees apply).

Are the apartments different from the market rate apartments?

The apartments available through the lottery are exactly the same as the market rate apartments. They come with the same finishes and amenities as the market rate apartments including hardwood floors, energy efficient stainless steel appliances, in-home washer/dryer, individual climate control and more.  For more on the apartment features, please click here.

Is the apartment worth the application process?

Definitely!  If you qualify, you have the chance to save up to $12,000 a year on an apartment in a new, amenity-rich luxury building. There is no guarantee you will be called but there is also no risk in applying.  There are no application fees, so there is nothing to lose!

What are my odds of winning?

It’s impossible to say the odds of winning until the lottery is concluded because we don’t know how many applicants will enter. As the saying goes “you have to be in it, to win it!!”

How do I apply?

You can apply in one of three ways.
1. Go to NYC HousingConnect and submit your application electronically. You will have to create a profile first.

2. Download the form here: Application, complete it and mail to The Clark (310 Clarkson Ave), PO Box #746, New York, NY 10018.

3. Request a paper application by mail. Send a self-addressed envelope to: The Clark c/o Housing Partnership, 242 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018. **Important: DO NOT SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE APPLICATION. This will disqualify you.

How long does the process take?

Once the deadline date is reached and we begin processing the applications it can take anywhere from 2 – 10 months. Yes, that appears to be a long time but you have nothing to lose and a great apartment to gain if you’re selected.

My partner and I make six figures. Can we really qualify for one of these apartments?

Yes. This is a new program offered through Mayor Bill de Blasio through NYC Housing Preservation and Development. Moderate Income families have also been priced out of the market, so this new program was developed to target moderate income households. As long as your combined income is within the income range and matching household size stated in the Affordability chart then you have the possibility to qualify. The common rule of thumb is for housing to be affordable, households should spend no more than one-third of their income on rent and utilities.

How soon can I move in?

Once you have been contacted, provide the requested documents, appear to be eligible and HPD approves your file, you can move in. The apartments are ready!

How do I calculate my income?

Check out this handy guide that breaks down exactly how to calculate your income.

What happens if I make more money after I move in? Will my rent go up or will I have to leave my apartment?

You can stay in your apartment as long as you wish, provided you abide by the terms of your lease.  There are no annual income recertifications, so you only need to qualify for the apartment once.  Also, your rent will not be increased based on your income, only based on what the Rent Guidelines Board determines each year. 

What documents will I need if I’m selected?

Click here for a complete list of documents.  You will only need documents that are applicable to your household.