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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
NEW HPD WEBSITE TOOL ENABLES NEW YORKERS TO CHECK HPD HOUSING COURT LITIGATION FOR RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) today launched a new website feature that will allow New Yorkers to check housing litigation cases initiated by HPD or in which HPD is a party for any registered residential building. Through HPD's website at www.nyc.gov/hpd, New Yorkers can currently research all open housing code violations, registration information, emergency repairs in progress, status of complaints to 311 and other information. Now they can also review pending cases brought in Housing Court since August 2006 after entering the building’s address on the “Complaint, Violation and Registration Information” look-up, located on the right column of the HPD website’s homepage (www.nyc.gov/hpd). Once on the record page, they should click on “Litigation / Case Status” located on the left column. Some cases and applications filed before August 2006 are also noted.
PRESS RELEASE # 28-07




Thursday, July 5, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES RECORD BREAKING YEAR FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLAN
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Shaun Donovan, and Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Emily Youssouf today announced that the City has once again surpassed its annual target for affordable housing, financing 18,472 units of affordable housing in the 2007 fiscal year that ended June 30th. This represents the highest production number of any year under the Mayor’s historic New Housing Marketplace Plan and is the greatest number of affordable units financed by the City since Mayor Koch’s housing plan. The City has funded nearly 83,000 affordable homes since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2002, including 64,408 units funded under the New Housing Marketplace Plan. At a cost of $7.5 billion, the ten-year plan is the largest municipal affordable housing plan in the nation’s history.
PRESS RELEASE # 231




Thursday, June 28, 2007
CITY ANNOUNCES AFFORDABLE AND SAFER HOMES FOR TENANTS AT NOTORIOUS NOBLE DREW ALI PLAZA
Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Shaun Donovan and Housing Development Corporation President Emily A. Youssouf today announced that financing has been finalized for the sale of the Noble Drew Ali Plaza in Brownsville, Brooklyn to former Met Mo Vaughn and Eugene Schneur, principals of OMNI New York LLC. The acquisition and rehabilitation of the Noble Drew Ali Plaza by ONMI New York will result in the preservation and improvement of 385 affordable housing apartments for low-income New Yorkers as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s $7.5 billion New Housing Marketplace Plan which will provide affordable housing for 500,000 New Yorkers, more than the entire population of Atlanta. Yesterday saw the arrests of thirty five people who had been intimidating residents with guns and pit bulls and selling drugs including heroin, cocaine and marijuana at Noble Drew Ali Plaza. The arrests followed extensive activity by HPD’s Narcotics Control Unit, the New York Police Department and the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. For years Noble Drew Ali Plaza has been known as a housing complex suffering from owner-neglect and crime.
PRESS RELEASE # 27-07




Wednesday, June 27, 2007
CITY, FOUNDATIONS AND BANKS ANNOUNCE HISTORIC FIRST AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRESERVATION DEAL USING NEW YORK CITY ACQUISITION FUND
New York City Housing Commissioner Shaun Donovan was today joined by leading foundations and banks to announce the acquisition and preservation of 283 occupied low- and moderate-income apartments in the northwest Bronx. The sale is the first preservation agreement through the New York City Acquisition Fund, which was created in collaboration with nine prominent philanthropies and New York’s leading financial institutions. The Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation (FBHC), a not-for-profit developer of community-run affordable housing in the Bronx, has purchased and will renovate six privately-owned Bronx apartment buildings using acquisition loans totaling $23 million, equal to ten percent of the Fund. The six buildings will be preserved as long-term affordable housing and represent the first existing properties to benefit from the Fund. Enterprise, one of the country’s leading nonprofit providers of affordable housing, is the managing general partner of the Fund and was the originator of the loan.
PRESS RELEASE # 26-07




Thursday, June 21, 2007
HPD AND THE EAST NEW YORK FARMS! PROJECT UNVEIL NEW URBAN FARM IN EAST NEW YORK
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Council Member Charles Barron and representatives of East New York Farms! today hosted the opening ceremony for the Hands & Heart Garden, an urban farm managed by East New York Farms! and United Community Centers, a community advocacy group in East New York, Brooklyn. The 22,000 square foot site is located at the intersection of New Lots Avenue and Alabama Avenue in East New York where over 20 market gardeners will be cultivating more than 3,600 square feet of growing space. The garden was prepared for the unveiling by community residents and volunteers from New York Cares who worked to clean up the site, place soil, and build raised beds and paths. A mural created and donated by students of the High School of Fashion Industries was unveiled at the event, followed by a performance by Approaching Storm, a marching band composed of public school student musicians from East New York.
PRESS RELEASE # 19-07




Thursday, June 21, 2007
HOUSING PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONER SHAUN DONOVAN APPOINTS LAURA O. LAZARUS AS HPD DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR DEVELOPMENT
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Shaun Donovan announced today the appointment of Laura O. Lazarus as HPD’s new Deputy Commissioner for Development. Lazarus will replace Rafael Cestero who left HPD in February to join Enterprise as Senior Vice President. Lazarus’s appointment will be effective on July 23rd, 2007. She is currently a Senior Vice President at the Telesis Corporation.
PRESS RELEASE # 18-07




Wednesday, June 20, 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 Clinton Hill, Fort Greene; Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant, Sunset Park, Greenwood Heights, Gowanus, Boerum Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, Stuyvesant Heights and Ocean Hill are invited to attend a Wednesday June 27th Owners’ Night at P.S 20 organized by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The event is co-sponsored by Council Member Letitia James who represents Council District 35, Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries who represents Assembly District 57 and State Senator Velmanette Montgomery who represents Senate District 18. These Council, Senate and Assembly Districts include the neighborhoods mentioned above.
PRESS RELEASE # 17-07




Wednesday, June 13, 2007
HPD JOINS HELP USA – NEW HORIZONS FOR COMMUNITY FAIR AND BLOCK BEAUTIFICATION IN BROWNSVILLE, BROOKLYN
On Saturday, June 9th the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) joined HELP USA and the Goldman Sachs Community Teamworks (CTW) program in hosting a Mardi Gras Fair and Block Beautification for residents of HELP USA - New Horizons, a shelter serving families in need of transitional housing due to a fire or other emergency situations.
PRESS RELEASE # 16-07




Wednesday, June 6, 2007
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – NEW YORK CITY TO BREAK GROUND ON 41-UNIT AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPLEX IN OCEAN HILL-BROWNSVILLE
This three-building complex will be largest multi-family complex ever built by a Habitat affiliate and Habitat-NYC’s greenest buildings, designed to LEED standards




Friday, May 18, 2007
HPD’S OWNERS’ NIGHT TO PROVIDE RESIDENTIAL OWNERS IN BROOKLYN WITH FREE BUILDING MANAGEMENT ADVICE
Homeowners, co-op owners and building owners and landlords from Clinton Hill, Fort Greene; Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant, Park Slope, Flatbush and Windsor Terrace are invited to attend a Wednesday May 23rd Owners’ Night at P.S 316 organized by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The event is co-sponsored by Council Member Letitia James who represents Council District 35 and State Senator Eric Adams who represents Senatorial District 20, which include the neighborhoods mentioned above.
PRESS RELEASE # 15-07



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