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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG APPOINTS MARC JAHR AS PRESIDENT OF CITY'S HOUSING DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the appointment of Marc Jahr as President of the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC). Jahr’s appointment was approved by the HDC Board today. Since 2002, Jahr has served as New York Regional Director for Citi Community Capital, where he directed Citibank’s community development real estate lending in New York City, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. Prior to his work at Citibank, Jahr was a Vice President at the Local Initiative Support Corporation, a national intermediary that provides funding for housing and community development. Jahr also worked for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, directing the multi-family housing unit.
PRESS RELEASE # 470




Wednesday, December 5, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND SPEAKER QUINN AND NON-PROFIT PARTNERS ANNOUNCE NEW INITIATIVE TO PREVENT MORTGAGE FORECLOSURES
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn today announced a new not-for-profit organization, the Center for NYC Neighborhoods (CNYCN), to assist homeowners at risk of mortgage foreclosure throughout the five boroughs. The Center for NYC Neighborhoods will be an independent entity that will fund a major expansion and coordination of counseling and referral services, legal assistance, loan remediation, preventive outreach and education, training, research and advocacy around sub-prime lending and mortgage foreclosures. The initiative has a projected budget of $5.3 million in the first year and will assist 18,000 New Yorkers annually. It will be the largest, most comprehensive program of its kind in the nation. Funding in the first year will include $1 million from the administration via the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and $1.8 million from the City Council. In addition to these significant public funding commitments, the City and the CNYCN planning committee are actively seeking philanthropic support and expect to raise the remainder of the funds from private and foundation sources.
PRESS RELEASE # 442




Thursday, November 29, 2007
THE CITY AND PHIPPS HOUSES BREAK GROUND FOR NEW LOWER EAST SIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and Phipps Houses broke ground today on the Fabria Houses which will produce 65 new units of affordable housing on the Lower East Side. The work will consist of a rehabilitation of three existing buildings and construction of two new buildings on two vacant City-owned sites as part of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan. Forty eight of the new apartments will be one-bedroom units and 17 will be two bedroom units. The existing five-story buildings are located at 410, 426 and 428 East 11th Street and the new buildings will be located at 212-214 East 7th Street and 617-621 East 9th Street in Manhattan. This rehabilitation and new construction is part of an innovative interagency partnership between HPD, NYCHA and HDC to produce 6,000 units of affordable housing, a key element of Mayor Bloomberg’s 165,000-unit affordable housing initiative.
PRESS RELEASE # 41-07




Wednesday, November 21, 2007
HPD AND CITY COUNCIL ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF ALTERNATIVE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM TO REPAIR TROUBLED RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Shaun Donovan and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn today announced the launch of HPD’s new housing safety program, the Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP), by unveiling the list of the first 200 affected properties. Aimed at increasing the pressure on the owners of some of the City’s most distressed residential buildings to bring the buildings up to code, the program focuses on a small percentage of buildings that generate a disproportionate percentage of HPD’s current enforcement activity. Landlords will be put on notice that comprehensive repairs must be made. If they are not, HPD will now be authorized to undertake a comprehensive review of the building, to make the necessary repairs, and to bill the landlord for that work. After repairs are made, there will be an ongoing monitoring program to ensure buildings do not fall back into disrepair and that necessary ongoing maintenance is made by the landlord. The program will improve conditions for tenants and avoid the need for HPD personnel to visit these buildings again and again to correct similar reoccurring problems. The legislation establishing the AEP—the New York City Safe Housing Law (Local Law No. 29 of 2007)—was passed by the City Council in April 2007 and signed into law by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on June 15.
PRESS RELEASE # 40-07




Monday, November 19, 2007
HPD INVITES AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPERS TO APPLY TO NYC HOUSING TRUST FUND
Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Shaun Donovan announced today that the City is releasing the second Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for financing of affordable housing using revenues from the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA). This year $30 million in BPCA funds will be distributed through the New York City Housing Trust Fund (HTF) administered by HPD. The affordable housing created will be part of Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan to build and preserve 165,000 units of affordable housing over ten years.
PRESS RELEASE # 39-07




Tuesday, November 6, 2007
CITY ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF DEVELOPER FOR INNOVATIVE MIXED-USE COMPLEX IN BAM CULTURAL DISTRICT
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Shaun Donovan and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin announced the selection last week of the team chosen to design and construct a mixed-use development consisting of cultural, commercial, and residential spaces located in the cultural district around the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). The architectural and development team is a consortium comprised of locally based and minority owned Full Spectrum of NY and studioMDA with Behnisch Architects.
PRESS RELEASE # 38-07




Friday, November 2, 2007
HPD ANNOUNCES RECORD NUMBER OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING LOTTERIES ARE OPEN
New York City Housing Commissioner Shaun Donovan today announced that a record number of affordable housing lotteries are open and accepting applications. HPD is currently advertising lotteries for rental apartments in eleven affordable housing developments across the city. In total, 457 affordable apartments for a range of family sizes and incomes are being advertised by HPD. The City’s Housing Development Corporation is advertising a further 257 affordable units for a combined City total of 714. The developments include 101 affordable units on the rezoned Greenpoint waterfront, 58 apartments in a green building in Harlem named after former Mayor David Dinkins and his wife Joyce, 31 newly rehabilitated apartments in Melrose, the Bronx, and many others. The units are all part of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s 165,000 unit affordable housing plan. At a cost of $7.5 billion, the ten-year plan is the largest municipal affordable housing plan in the nation’s history. Since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2002 more than 250 lotteries have been held.
PRESS RELEASE # 37-07




Thursday, November 1, 2007
CITY ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT TEAM TO BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON NYCHA PROPERTIES IN EAST HARLEM
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Shaun Donovan and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman Tino Hernandez announced today the designation of Phipps Houses – one of the nation’s largest and oldest not-for-profit developers, owners and managers of affordable housing – as the lead developer for the creation of 339 units on NYCHA-owned sites in East Harlem. Joining with Phipps is Urban Builders Collaborative, an experienced locally-based development group. The properties, known as Metro-North, are comprised of 17 six-story walk-up tenement buildings on 100th 102nd and 103rd Streets, all bounded by First and Second Avenues in Manhattan.




Tuesday, October 30, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES LEGAL VICTORY IN EFFORT TO CURB ILLEGAL HOTELS IN NEW YORK CITY
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced a victory in the effort to curb illegal hotels in New York City after the City obtained a preliminary injunction prohibiting the use of three Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels on the Upper West Side of Manhattan as tourist hotels. The three hotels are the Montroyal, located at 315 West 94th Street, the Pennington, located at 316 West 95th Street and the Continental, located at 330 West 95th Street. The buildings contain hundreds of SRO dwelling units. Each hotel contained many rooms which the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement found had been illegally converted for use by tourists and others, contrary to the certificate of occupancy. In his decision granting a preliminary injunction, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael D. Stallman noted that the defendants did not contest the fact that they advertised the buildings as “inexpensive transient accommodations available to tourists” on Internet travel sites such as Orbitz, Expedia, Hotels.com and Yahoo Travel.
PRESS RELEASE # 393




Tuesday, October 30, 2007
HPD’S OWNERS’ NIGHT TO PROVIDE RESIDENTIAL OWNERS IN BROOKLYN WITH FREE BUILDING MANAGEMENT ADVICE
Homeowners, co-op owners, building owners and landlords from the Brooklyn neighborhoods Bushwick, Cypress Hills, East New York, Ocean-Hill Brownville, and Wyckoff Heights are invited to attend a Thursday November 8th Owners’ Night at Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center organized by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The event is co-sponsored by Council Member Erik Martin Dilan (who represents Council District 37 which includes the neighborhoods mentioned above) and the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens council.
PRESS RELEASE # 36-07



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