The application process has now opened for the long-awaited affordable housing at the Culver Housing Development on 37th Street between 12th and 13th Avenues.
The project began in 2005, when state Sen. Simcha Felder, then a city councilman, joined with community leaders and askanim to work on a plan to create affordable housing by rezoning and developing this six-block stretch of land under the former elevated subway. Felder said that the project has remained a high priority for him.
Now, together with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Southern Brooklyn Community Organization (SBCO), the dream is becoming a reality.
“Persistence is the answer to almost any problem,” Felder said, “and I am gratified that now hardworking families with dreams of owning a home in the neighborhood they love, close to family and friends, will see those dreams come true.”
Applications can be downloaded at sbcony.org/culver, and should be printed out and mailed to the P.O. Box indicated on the application. To request a paper application, send a self-addressed envelope to SBCO c/o Culver Housing Developments, LLC, 4006 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218. Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 25, 2018.
SBCO will market the sale of these units as per a marketing plan approved by New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). Applications will be received into a locked post-office box. SBCO will open the lock-box in the presence of HPD and enter all applications into Housing Connect – a database controlled by HPD. Housing Connect will generate the winners of the lottery following HPD specified criteria and community preferences. Sponsor will not determine who is selected in the lottery. (Please note that all duplicate applications are automatically disqualified). There are minimum and maximum family size and income requirements.
SBCO will be given a log with the contact information of those selected in the lottery process. Interviews will be scheduled at the SBCO office to help to determine if those selected actually qualify to purchase the condominium units.
SBCO held an educational seminar last Tuesday evening at the Brookdale Senior Center. The next seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28th at 7:00 p.m., at the West End Gardens Senior Center, located at 1002 44th Street.