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Here's Your Chance to Get a 3-Bedroom for $750 in East Harlem

By Gustavo Solis | September 18, 2014 2:40pm | Updated on September 19, 2014 4:48pm
  The city's housing lottery starts accepting applications for the Yomo Toro Apartments on Thursday. They are located on East 104th Street between Second and Third avenues.
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EAST HARLEM — If you are looking for a $500-a-month studio in Manhattan, this could be your lucky day.

The Yomo Toro Apartments on East 104th Street, which are part of a larger mix-use development that will be the home to Harlem RBI's DREAM Charter School, started accepting applications Thursday through the city's Housing Connect website. 

"Harlem RBI is thrilled to see this dream facility becoming a reality," said Harlem RBI director Richard Berlin. "As applications open today, we hope that many in our East Harlem community will be soon able to call the Yomo Toro houses home."

All 88 units at the 222 E. 104th St. building will be affordable rentals.

Income limits start at $23,520 to $35,280 for singles and top off at $58,440 for a family of six. Rents range from $494 per month for a studio to $743 to $1,175 per month for a three-bedroom apartment. There's a complete breakdown on the Housing Connect website.

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Each unit comes with tile bathroom floors and energy-efficient appliances. There will be on-site laundry and security cameras at the intercoms, said Paul Woody of Jonathan Rose Companies, the company developing the building.

East Harlem residents will get preference for half of the units. People living in NYCHA housing will get priority for a quarter of the units.

Yankees first baseman and Harlem RBI board member Mark Teixeira broke ground on the project on February 2013. Although the construction at the building won't be completed until April, the housing lottery will only accept applications until Nov. 17.

Harlem RBI is a nonprofit that helps local youth through baseball programs and a charter school. The community-based organization is also committed to affordable housing and health initiatives.

When completed, the multi-use development will have office space for Harlem RBI and will house the DREAM Charter School. About 50,000 square feet of the building will be set aside for classrooms, a gym, a roof garden and an outdoor classroom, Woody said.

For more details on how to apply for the affordable housing units, visit Housing Connect's website.