Jackson Heights Affordable Housing Lottery

Community House Jackson Heights Update

Applications for the lottery were due December 16, 2019, 9 p.m.

The application period is closed. If you applied for the lottery, please watch the following video to learn about the lottery and screening process moving forward, or read more below:

In the next three weeks, Community House’s property managers will be reviewing the lottery applications and making sure that applicants meet the minimum and maximum income requirements.

  • If there is a problem with your application that would prevent you from qualifying for the lottery, you will be contacted and asked to confirm the information you provided.
  • If you do not qualify for the lottery, you will be notified.
  • If you are not contacted before January 6, then that means everything is in order with your application.

The Neighborhood Preference lottery will be held on January 6, 2020. If your application is selected for the first round of screening, you will be contacted that week.

If you claimed Neighborhood Preference on your application, you will have three days to provide documentation of Neighborhood Preference. Read more information about documenting your neighborhood preference.

It is best if you have one of the documents listed on the website if possible. We can consider other documentation, but cannot guarantee we will accept it. If you are not able to provide documentation in three (3) days, your application will be put in the general lottery pool and you will have a second chance to be selected later.

Application screening will involve providing proof of your income and assets. Read about Calculating Income to understand what is included in income and to learn more about the other documents you will be asked to provide during screening.

Please start gathering income information like bank account numbers, pay stubs, tax returns for past year or two, and if self employed, information that can prove income as well, before you are selected, as this will make the process go more smoothly.

It is likely that not everyone in the first group of applicants contacted will qualify. If an applicant is rejected, we will contact the next person whose name was drawn in the lottery. Please keep checking your email and phone messages throughout January, as you may be contacted at any time.

Once we have filled all of the 33 Neighborhood Preference units, we will hold the general lottery in late January or early February. Everyone who was unsuccessful in getting a unit in the first lottery will be entered into the second lottery. Once again, if people are rejected, we will move on to the next name selected, on a rolling basis, throughout February.

We hope to have everyone screened and ready to move in by March 1. However, construction is still underway and there could be delays. If there are updates on the opening date, we will post them on this website.

Good luck, and happy holidays!

Jackson Heights Building Features

  • 74 Affordable Housing Units: 25 Studio, 31 One Bedroom, and 18 Two Bedroom
  • Located at the corner of 23rd Ave. and S Jackson St.
  • Public transportation: three Metro bus lines, and future Link Light Rail station
  • On-site and near-by dining and retail
  • Parking included for two bedroom units
  • Section 8 vouchers accepted

Unit Occupancy (household size)

To qualify, your household size must be:

Studios: 1 person (minimum) to 2 people (maximum)
One bedroom: 1 person (minimum) to 3 people (maximum)
Two Bedroom: 2 people (minimum) to 5 people (maximum)


Studios from $863 to $1,057 Average size, 373 square feet
(view studio floor plan PDF)

One Bedroom from $933 to $1,140 Average size, 610 square feet
(view one-bedroom floor plan PDF)

Two Bedroom from $1,091 to $1,340 Average size, 775 square feet
(view two-bedroom floor plan PDF)

Income Requirements

To rent a unit at Jackson Heights, you must have an annual gross income of less than:

Income and Family Size Requirements
Family Size Annual Income Monthly Income
1 $46,500 $3,875
2 $53,160 $4,430
3 $59,820 $4,985
4 $66,420 $5,535
5 $71,760 $5,980
6 $77,100 $6,425

You must have an income more than double the rent (unless you have a Section 8 voucher).

Income and Unit Size Requirements
Unit Size Minimum Annual Income Minimum Monthly Income
Studio $20,712 $1,726
1 Bedroom $22,392 $1,866
2 Bedroom $26,184 $2,182

Please read the tips on calculating income.

Neighborhood Preference

Neighborhood Preference

If you, or a member of your immediate family (spouse, children, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, or grandparents) lived in the Central District (view map of boundaries PDF) prior to January 1, 2000, then you qualify for Neighborhood Preference (Community Preference).

This makes you twice as likely to be selected for screening for a unit at Jackson Heights. You can use any of the following documents to demonstrate that you qualify for Neighborhood Preference.

PLEASE BE SURE that the document has a Central Area address and the document shows that the person live in the Central District PRIOR TO 1/1/2000.


How To Apply

Applications were due December 16, 2019 by 9 p.m PST (if you are applying online), by 3 p.m. PST. (if you are delivering your application in person), or postmarked on December 16 (if you are mailing it).

Selection Process

Being selected in the lottery is not a guarantee that you will qualify to rent a unit.

The leasing process for this building is being carried out according to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines due to its funding sources. Get ready for lots of paperwork, and be patient!

Applicants will be selected randomly for screening by lottery.

Half of the units will be filled with people who are eligible for neighborhood preference, selected by lottery.

The other half will be filled by a general lottery which includes everyone who applied.

The housing lottery will be held on or before January 6, 2020. If your application is selected for further screening, you will be notified that week.

If you do not hear from us, you may still be selected for screening later if any of the first group that were selected fails to qualify for a housing unit. Please continue to monitor your email through January and February and respond promptly if we contact you.

If you are selected for screening, you will be asked to provide evidence of:

  • Income
  • Rental History
  • Credit History
  • Student Status
  • Age
  • Household Size
  • Criminal History
  • Neighborhood Preference (if applicable)