Lottery opens for 35 units at new Astoria building designed for low-income seniors

April 13, 2022

Photo courtesy of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

A housing lottery opened this week for 35 very-low-income units at a new development in Queens. Located at 23-11 31st Road in Astoria, the Bishop Valero Residence is a six-story building designed with senior residents in mind. Developed by Catholic Charities and designed by Dattner Architects, the project includes on-site supportive social services accessible through the ground floor’s 200-seat community senior center. New Yorkers who are 62 years or older and earn 40 or 50 percent of the area median income, (no more than $33,440 annually for a single person or no more than $53,700 for a household of three) can apply for the units.

The building’s 102 units will be 100 percent affordable; 30 percent of the building’s units will be reserved for formerly homeless seniors with severe mental illness. The remaining units will be reserved for low-income seniors making up to 60 percent of the area median income.

Residents will have access to daily hot meals made on-site, fitness classes, and senior case management provided by the Peter J. Dellamonica Senior Center.

The deal for the new Bishop Valero Residence was originally meant to close in March 2020, but the plans were disrupted by the onset of the pandemic.

Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable units until June 15, 2022. 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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  1. M

    I need a senior home living because where I’m living at is not it’s just good as it used to be and I’m getting up there and I want some tranquility and peace and I like this area I was living Astoria and this will be suitable for me