Under this program, small, vacant City-owned buildings are
completely rehabilitated by experienced builders to create one- to four- family
homes for sale to individual homebuyers at market prices. There are no income
limits for the buyers (in a majority of the homes), nor are there any income or
price limits for any rental apartments. However, the builders generally work
with lenders to provide mortgages with low down payments and the lenders take
the income from the rental apartments into account in qualifying homebuyers for
loans thus making many of the homes affordable to moderate- and middle-income
To make the program feasible, the City conveys the buildings to
the builders at nominal prices and may also provide a subsidy in the form of a
zero per cent, nonamortizing loan that evaporates over a period of six years.
The City also provides partial tax abatement to homebuyers for a six-year
period. Where the buyer does not require a subsidy there will still be a resale
Homebuyers are selected through lotteries that are carried
out by the builders under HPD supervision. Preference for 50% of the homes is
given to current residents of the communities in which the homes are located,
and preference for 5% of the homes is given to uniformed members of the New York
City Police Department. Homebuyers are required to occupy at least one unit in
their homes as their primary residence.
Some of the HUD-owned buildings
that were acquired through foreclosure of federally insured Section 203(K)
mortgages will be rehabilitated under the HomeWorks Program. A total of 23
homes, 21 in Harlem and 2 in East New York, were conveyed to Round III HomeWorks
developers and will be marketed together with the city-owned HomeWorks homes.
Please note that HPD does not sell individual homes directly to
individual buyers prior to rehabilitation. HPD works exclusively with
experienced builders who are selected through a competitive process so that the
homes can be completed promptly and conveyed to homebuyers in move-in condition.
- If you are interested in purchasing a home, please call 311 and request a
homeownership kit or see HPD Lists of Affordable Homes.
- For general information about the HomeWorks program, call (212)
- If you have questions specifically about mortgage satisfactions,
subordinations or pay-offs of HomeWorks buildings, call David Kornbluh at
HomeWorks Personal Success Story
Danielle Gellella had lived in the East Village for about eight
years and had seen the neighborhood being built up. Realizing that the economy
made it more cost-effective for her to own rather than continue renting, Ms.
Gellella decided to begin her search for a home of her own. She knew she wanted
to stay in Manhattan, and she knew she wanted to live in a neighborhood on the
rebound. One morning in 1998, she tuned in to the "Today Show" and found the
perfect neighborhood. During a segment on the revitalization of Manhattan's
Harlem community, Ms. Gellella decided to apply to the city-sponsored HomeWorks
program to purchase a brownstone in the historic neighborhood.
selected in the lottery for the homes and picked a brownstone on East 127th
Street that features a historic church and is four doors down from the home of
the late poet Langston Hughes, a major literary figure in the Harlem
"I always dreamed of owning my own home," said Ms.
Gellella. "The City helped make that dream a reality because there is no way -
as a 30-year-old woman - that I'd be able to buy a home in the City without this