By Sam Bojarski

In an attempt to address the lack of affordable housing across New York City, another development project led by a local church will provide housing opportunities for local seniors. 

“We need more housing, whether it’s senior, or whether it’s affordable housing,” said Rev. Samuel Nicolas, pastor at Evangelical Crusade of Fishers of Men, a Haitian-led congregation which initiated its own effort to build an 89-unit housing development in East Flatbush for low-income seniors. 

“Our people are being pushed out, rents are skyrocketing, and if the city can build more affordable housing, it is an excellent thing to do,” Nicolas also said. 

Until mid-August, Housing Connect will be accepting applications for an affordable housing development at 1921 Cortelyou Road, in Flatbush. The project, part of a partnership between Baptist Church of the Redeemer and the Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY), includes 76 total units, 29 of which are reserved for seniors and their families. 

The new development at 1921 Cortelyou Road, pictured here, will contain 76 housing units. Photo by Sam Bojarski

The units consist of two studios, 16 one bedroom and 11 two-bedroom apartments. Monthly rent ranges from $411 to $1,148, depending on an applicant’s income, according to information published by Housing Connect. Residents in the Community Board 14 area, which encompasses Flatbush, Midwood and parts of Kensington, will receive preference for 15 of the 29 units.


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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America fellow. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and...