Looking for Housing?

How does $635 a month sound to you?

Volume CIX, No. 12December, 2009

Are you a single musician looking for housing? We have some news! There’s a terrific new affordable housing opportunity for single adults who work in performing arts and entertainment.

Studio apartments in the brand-new facility known as Schermerhorn House, in downtown Brooklyn, are available and applications are being accepted.

The monthly rent is about $635. You read that right: $635!

To be eligible, you have to make between $21,770 and $32,280 a year.

Located on Schermerhorn between Hoyt and Smith Streets, Schermerhorn House is an 11-story, 85,000 square foot building featuring numerous “eco-elements,” including a roof-top garden, a “green” terrace, a high-efficiency boiler system, the use of nontoxic sustainable materials and natural lighting.

“The Schermerhorn is a safe, artist-friendly environment,” said Brandee Younger. “As a harpist, I appreciate being in an elevator building with 24-hour security.”

Managed by the Actors Fund and built in partnership with Common Ground Community, Schermerhorn House, which opened earlier this year, will also include a black box, multi-purpose performance space set to open early in 2010.

The space will be open to the Brooklyn arts and entertainment community for rehearsals and performances, films, exhibitions, community art shows and other cultural activities.

And the Brooklyn Ballet, a professional, not-for-profit dance company, is now resident in a ground floor space visible to the public.

Approximately half of the 200-plus apartments are designated for low-income performing arts and entertainment professionals,.

Local 802 members are welcome to apply.

“The Actors Fund is excited and proud of our newest residence,” said Actors Fund Executive Director Joe Benincasa.

Benincasa added, “Schermerhorn House responds to the critical need for supportive housing for our community and recognizes the invaluable role the arts play in the successful economic revitalization of urban neighborhoods.”

Schermerhorn staff is collaborating with such organizations as the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, local arts organizations and local social service and health service providers in developing programs for the residents to enhance a dialogue with the community.

Residents can find on-site performances by local groups, workshops on such topics as preventive health care, nutrition, financial wellness, career development and women’s health.

Schermerhorn House also looks forward to establishing traditions of social gatherings and special events.

Applications are currently being accepted for Schermerhorn House and can be downloaded at

Anyone with questions about the application process should call Jamie Trachtenberg at (718) 640-1840.