Housing advocates hosting two more sessions on applying for affordable Coney units • Brooklyn Paper

Housing advocates hosting two more sessions on applying for affordable Coney units

Coming soon: A new development will bring 134 below-market-rate apartments — with more than 80 earmarked for formerly homeless veterans — to Coney Island by January.
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Call it a valuable lesson!

Leaders of a housing-advocacy group at two meetings this week will again walk locals through the process of applying for so-called affordable housing units inside a new development going up in the People’s Playground.

Members of Neighborhood Housing Services Brooklyn at separate Feb. 20 and 22 sessions will show attendees how to navigate the online-application process for the 52 below-market-rate units inside Surf Vets Place on W. 21st Street near Surf Avenue, where eligible residents can apply for the apartments doled out via the lottery system managed by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development through March 13.

Reps from the city Department of Veterans’ Services will be at the Feb. 20 event — sponsored by Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island), Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus (D–Coney Island), and state Sen. Diane Savino (D–Coney Island) — to help any formerly homeless vets in attendance learn how to apply for the building’s 82 below-market-rate apartments earmarked for those heroes, who could begin applying for those units back in November through the city’s supportive-housing lottery managed by the Human Resources Administration.

And reps from the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development will also be on hand at the Feb. 20 event, which will take place at the Coney Island Gospel Assembly, at 2828 Neptune Avenue at W. 29th Street at 6 pm.

Locals who can’t attend that seminar can attend the Friday session at noon at the Jewish Association for Services-Aged at 161 Corbin Pl. in Brighton Beach, where Neighborhood Housing Services reps will again explain the lottery-application process. Treyger, Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D–Sheepshead Bay), Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D–Sheepshead Bay), and Frontus co-sponsored the Feb. 22 session.

And locals who aren’t ready to move just yet can still attend both events to learn how to use the online lottery, which will soon accept applications for forthcoming below-market-rate apartments in the area — including those inside a massive complex set to rise on Surf Avenue between W. 16th and W. 20th streets, which will bring nearly 1,000 such units to the neighborhood when complete.

Learn how to apply for the affordable units coming to Coney Island at Coney Island Gospel Assembly (2828 Neptune Ave. at W. 29th Street in Coney Island) on Feb. 20 at 6 pm and at Jewish Association for Services-Aged Senior Alliance Center (161 Corbin Pl. #3, at Brighton Beach Avenue in Brighton Beach) on Feb. 22 at noon.

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