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4050 Apartments Seeks Artists for Affordable Housing Live-Work Space

The community is geared toward low-income artists

Four months after breaking ground at 40th and Haverford in West Powelton, the affordable housing development 4050 Apartments is now seeking applications for tenants.

Anyone can apply to live there, but your chances of snagging a spot is higher if you're an artist.

That's the whole gist of 4050 Apartments, an affordable housing development that has been 10 years in the making. It was designed specifically for artists in need of an affordable live-work space.

There are only 20 units, so expect some stiff competition. There are 10 one bedrooms, 5 two bedrooms, and 5 three-bedrooms. All of them have "flexible," open layouts, lots of natural light, and high ceilings—i.e. artist-friendly features. There's also going to be a community room that will host workshops and exhibitions.

Here are the application requirements:

  • Demonstrate that the applicant has been a working artist for at least one year in any variety of artistic disciplines
  • Have a clearly written statement (200 words or less) of their long- and short-term artistic goals and how they plan to achieve them.
  • Include 3 professional references
  • Come to their interview—a panel of People's Emergency Center staff and local artists—with a body of work containing a minimum of 10 artistic pieces created in the last year
  • To qualify as a low-income artist, the target income is 20 percent, 50 percent, and 60 percent of the average median income.

Construction is expected to be complete in December 2016. Visit People's Emergency Center's website for more information on how to apply.