Lottery opens for 94 affordable senior apartments in the heart of Harlem

June 29, 2020

Photo of Victory Plaza courtesy of Camber Property Group

A lottery has opened for 94 affordable units for seniors at a new building in Harlem, with 41 of the units for formerly homeless seniors. Victory Plaza, located at 11 West 118th Street, is a 100 percent affordable building developed jointly by Camber Property Group, the Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, and New York City.  To apply, New Yorkers must have at least one household member who is 62 years of age or older, qualify for Section 8 benefits, and earn $51, 200 or less, annually. Eligible applicants will pay 30 percent of their income for the studio and one-bedroom apartments.

Rendering © Aufgang Architects

Designed by Aufgang Architects, the rental sits next to an existing senior building, Victory One, which opened in the late 1990s. The new nine-story development features on-site social services from the Harlem Congregation for Community Involvement, which will focus on health and wellbeing, financial security, and isolation prevention.

Other amenities include an on-site super, outdoor recreation area, community space, laundry, and bike parking. The location is another perk of Victory Plaza, as it’s sandwiched between the northern tip of Central Park and Marcus Garvey Park. It’s conveniently located to the 2,3 subway trains at 116th Street Station, and a bit further east, the 6 trains at 116th Street and Lexington Avenue.

“There is now greater demand for more affordable housing and support for New York’s seniors and people with low-incomes,”  Louise Carroll, commissioner of the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, said in a press release.

“With COVID-19 posing a greater threat to these communities, this project is helping vulnerable people live comfortably in a safe and secure environment and with the highest level of support from the community.”

Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable units until August 25, 2020. Complete details on how to apply are available here (pdf). Preference for 50 percent of the units will be given to residents of Manhattan. 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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