Lottery opens for 117 affordable units at health-focused complex in Brownsville, from $959/month

February 3, 2022

Image courtesy of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Applications are now being accepted for 117 newly constructed apartments in Brooklyn. Located at 535 East 98th Street in Brownsville, Vital Brookdale is a health-focused mixed-use residential development that is part of New York State’s Vital Brooklyn Initiative, an ongoing program for underserved communities in Central Brooklyn. New Yorkers earning 50, 60, and 80 percent of the area median income are eligible to apply for the units, which range from $959/month studios to $2,320/month three-bedrooms.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the Vital Brooklyn initiative in 2017, with the goal of bringing health care services and jobs to underserved communities in Central Brooklyn like Brownsville, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Crown Heights.

The Vital Brookdale development team is comprised of MDG Design + Construction, Smith & Henzy Advisory Group, The New York Foundling, Monadnock Construction, Dattner Architects, Skyline Engineering, DeNardis Engineering, Starr Whitehouse, and Bright Power.

Amenities include a second-floor terrace, front and rear courtyards, a play area, passive recreation and seating areas, and a dog run.

Besides providing affordable units, Vital Brookdale will provide 25,000 square feet of health-focused community space for resources like job training, outdoor green space, and other services relating to health and wellness.

Additional amenities include complimentary building-wide internet access, a multipurpose community room, game room, library, fitness room, laundry room, cold-storage locker, and bike storage room.

Vital Brookdale is designed to meet Passive House standards, utilizing roof-mounted solar panels, high-performance mechanical systems, insulation and windows, LED lighting, low-flow water fixtures, as well as several other energy-efficient technologies.

Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable units until April 5, 2022. Fifty percent of the units are set aside for residents of Brooklyn Community Board 16. Complete details on how to apply are available here. Questions regarding this offer must be referred to NYC’s Housing Connect department by dialing 311.

If you don’t qualify for the housing lotteries mentioned, visit’s no-fee rentals page for other apartment deals in the city.


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    My fiancé and I are interested in a 2 bedroom unit