More than 1,000 people attended the first seminar on Thursday, July 31 hosted by Churches United for Fair Housing (CUFFH) at Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Clinton Hill.
The remaining seminars will be held at 6:30pm on:
- February 4, 2015 at Pratt Institute (200 Willoughby Avenue); hosted by Mutual Housing Association of New York
- June 10, 2015 at Ingersoll Community Center (177 Myrtle Avenue); hosted by Pratt Area Community Council
- October 6, 2015 at Church of the Sacred Heart (30 Clermont Avenue); hosted by CUFFH
As shown in the presentation at bottom, the "affordable housing" differs enormously, from 40% of Area Median Income (AMI) up to 165% of AMI.
It's more precise to use the term "income-linked," since all "affordable" means is that you pay 30% of your income.
However, the official AMI for New York City is distorted by wealthy suburban counties, so it was $85,900 in 2013 (and $83,900 in 2014).
However, New York City's Median Family Income (MFI) is $61,600, and Brooklyn's is $49,000.
That's a huge divergence; in fact, the Brooklyn MFI is 57-58% of the 2013 or 2014 New York City AMI numbers.
That means that many of those in Brooklyn are competing not for affordable housing at 80% and above or AMI, but rather 60% and below.
In other words, a lot of the Atlantic Yards affordable housing is beyond them, since 65% of the units in the next two "100% affordable" towers would go to households earning 145% of AMI and above.
As noted in the graphic at right, there are several locations in and around Downtown Brooklyn that are expected to include some measure of affordable housing.
An overview from the Fifth Avenue Committee
The document below (also here) provides an overview on the buildings, the range of incomes, and the application process. One thing to note: a 600 credit score is required.