Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today announced that Rufus King Court Apartments, an affordable housing development nearing completion Jamaica, is accepting applications from low income families interested in moving into the 46-unit building.

     Developed by the Arker Companies of Floral Park, Rufus King Court Apartments will offer all of its units to eligible low income families. Applications from interested households are being accepted from now until March 6, 2014.  A lottery will be used to determine the winning applications.

     “Rufus King Court Apartments will offer quality affordable housing at a location near the Jamaica commercial core  just a few blocks from one of the nation's busiest transportation hubs,” Katz said. “I recommend that eligible families take advantage of this opportunity and begin the process of applying to live in the Rufus King Court Apartments as soon as possible.”

     The Rufus King Court Apartments are located at 148-19 90th Avenue in Jamaica. When construction is completed later this year it will offer four studios, 14 one-bedroom apartments, 23 two-bedroom apartments and five three- bedroom apartments.

      Building amenities will include an outdoor recreation area, a community room, laundry room, bulk storage space for tenants, air conditioning for each unit, indoor bicycle storage, parking for 23 cars and a comprehensive security and surveillance system. The developer will also arrange for social services to be provided to senior residents and other residents with special needs.

     The energy-efficient and environmentally friendly building will include rooftop solar panels that will produce up to 50 percent of the electricity needed for the building’s common areas.

     Income eligibility requirements will range from $24,515 a year for those seeking to rent a studio to $59,820 a year for those seeking a three-bedroom apartment. Monthly rents for the apartments will range from $659 for a studio to $1,199 for a three-bedroom.

     Applications from interested households are being accepted online and via mail. Online applications can be filed by March 6, 2014 by visiting www.nyc.gov/housingconnect and selecting “Apply for Housing.”  A mail application can be requested by sending a self-addressed envelope to Rufus King Court Apartments, P.O. Box 390, Floral Park, NY 11002.  All mail applications must be returned by regular mail and be postmarked by March 6, 2014.