Looking for housing?

Volume 112, No. 7/8July, 2012

How does $635 a month in rent sound to you?

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

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

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

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

The average waitlist for qualified applicants is 6 months to one year.

To be eligible, you have to be single and you have to make between $21,770 and $34,380 a year.

Located on Schermerhorn between Hoyt and Smith Streets, the Schermerhorn 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.

Managed by the Actors Fund and built in partnership with Common Ground Community, the Schermerhorn, which opened in 2009, also has its own rehearsal room with a piano.

Even better, there is a black box, multi-purpose performance space that is free for residents. It is also 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 in residence 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 President and CEO Joe Benincasa.

Benincasa added, “The Schermerhorn 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 are 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, as well as workshops on such topics as preventive health care, nutrition, financial wellness, career development and women’s health.

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

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

Anyone with questions about the application process should call (212) 489-2020, ext. 115.

Manhattan Plaza waitlist is open

If you are interested in putting your name on the wait list for an apartment at Manhattan Plaza, now is the time! For those who may not know, Manhattan Plaza – which is located at 400 West 43rd Street and 484 West 43rd Street – is subsidized housing for performing artists and others.

The Manhattan Plaza complex consists of two kinds of rent arrangements: “Mitchell-Lama” and “Section 8,” each of which has its own eligibility and rent guidelines.

We are pleased to announce that the waiting list for Mitchell-Lama apartments is open.

To apply, you must be a legal resident of New York State and request a pre-application by writing to: Annette Milano, Applications Office, Manhattan Plaza, 400 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036. No phone calls will be accepted.

Once you receive the pre-application, you’ll note certain income eligibility requirements. Even if your income does not currently fit the Mitchell-Lama guidelines, you may still get on the wait list now, because your income is only verified right before you are offered a apartment.

Please note that it can often take more than 10 years to get an apartment at Manhattan Plaza once you’re on the waitlist.