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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
NYCHA CHAIRMAN RHEA AND HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCE SECOND DEVELOPMENT IN NYC TO COMBINE AFFORDABLE RENTAL UNITS AND PUBLIC HOUSING
NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John B. Rhea and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced today the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the redevelopment of Prospect Plaza, which is located in the Ocean Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn.




Wednesday, December 7, 2011
HUD, HPD AND DOHMH JOIN GEEL COMMUNITY SERVICES TO CELEBRATE THE GRAND OPENING OF GEEL GRAND AVENUE STUDIOS
(December 7, 2011) BRONX, N.Y. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and elected officials joined Geel Community Services, Inc. to celebrate the grand opening of Geel Grand Avenue Studios. Located at 2516 Grand Avenue in the Bronx, Geel Grand Avenue Studios is a 57-unit new supportive housing development that offers on-site supportive services for New Yorkers coping with mental health issues and chronic homelessness.




Wednesday, November 30, 2011
HUD, HCR, HPD, Jonathan Rose Companies, and HCCI Celebrate the Naming and Grand Opening of Dr. Muriel Petioni Plaza
(NEW YORK – Nov. 30, 2011) – The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), New York City Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) and New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) joined Jonathan Rose Companies and Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI) to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for Dr. Muriel Petioni Plaza. Previously known as Erbograph Apartments, the building is being named in honor of Dr. Petioni, an active member of HCCI’s Board of Directors who has served as a doctor in Harlem for over 60 years. The eight-story, 65-unit building is located at 203 West 146th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. and Frederick Douglass Blvd in the Bradhurst section of Harlem. Dr. Petioni Plaza is Harlem’s first LEED-Silver designed affordable housing development for low-income seniors




Tuesday, November 22, 2011
MAYOR BLOOMBERG, DEPUTY MAYOR STEEL, HOUSING COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCE $14.4 MILLION IN TAX CREDITS AWARDED TO 13 AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS WHICH WILL GENERATE 1,400 NEW JOBS
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel, and Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua today announced that the City has allocated $14.4 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits to 13 affordable housing projects. The tax credits were provided by New York State and serve as a critical source of funding for low-income affordable housing developments. New York City worked closely with the Cuomo Administration to complete these financing deals, which will support a total of 737 affordable units. It is expected that the work being done on these 10 new construction projects and three preservation projects will create approximately 1,400 new construction and related industry jobs throughout the course of their construction period.




Wednesday, November 16, 2011
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA, COUNCIL SPEAKER QUINN, COUNCIL MEMBER BREWER, NYC HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCE BED BUG SNIFFING DOGS JOIN HPD’S CODE ENFORCEMENT TEAM
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Member Gale A. Brewer, and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Deputy Commissioner Daniel Kass announced today that as part of the City’s ongoing comprehensive effort to combat bed bug infestations in multifamily residential properties HPD has acquired two bedbug sniffing dogs. The two male beagles, Mickey and Nemo, began their careers as HPD Housing Maintenance Code inspectors late last week. The dogs were acquired and many of the associated costs for the first year (i.e. kenneling, equipment, training) were offset using funding provided by the City Council. Following the formal announcement, a demonstration of an inspection was performed by the dogs and an HPD handler at Council Member Brewer’s office at 250 Broadway. HPD and Council Member Brewer are happy to report that no bed bugs were found.




Tuesday, November 15, 2011
DEPUTY MAYOR STEEL JOINS HUD, HPD, THE NEW YORK MORTGAGE COALITION, SPEAKER QUINN AND COUNCIL MEMBERS TO ANNOUNCE THE NSP2 BUYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR STATEN ISLAND
NYC Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and The New York Mortgage Coalition joined City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Staten Island Council Member Deborah Rose today to announce the launch of the NSP2 Buyer Assistance Program. The program grants qualified homebuyers up to $80,000 in forgivable loans toward the purchase of foreclosed or vacant homes in eligible neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Housing counseling and homeowner training for participants will be provided through local program partners. The eligible neighborhoods were selected based on HUD criteria used to identify the neighborhoods which have been most adversely impacted by the mortgage foreclosure crisis of recent years.




Tuesday, November 15, 2011
DEPUTY MAYOR STEEL JOINS HUD, HPD, THE NEW YORK MORTGAGE COALITION, SPEAKER QUINN AND COUNCIL MEMBERS TO ANNOUNCE THE NSP2 BUYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR QUEENS
NYC Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and The New York Mortgage Coalition joined City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Queens Council Member James Sanders, Jr., Council Member Ruben Wills and Council Member Leroy Comrie today to announce the launch of the NSP2 Buyer Assistance Program. The program grants qualified homebuyers up to $80,000 in forgivable loans toward the purchase of foreclosed or vacant homes in eligible neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Housing counseling and homeowner training for participants will be provided through local program partners. The eligible neighborhoods were selected based on HUD criteria used to identify the neighborhoods which have been most adversely impacted by the mortgage foreclosure crisis of recent years.




Tuesday, November 15, 2011
DEPUTY MAYOR STEEL JOINS HUD, HPD, THE NEW YORK MORTGAGE COALITION, SPEAKER QUINN AND COUNCIL MEMBERS TO ANNOUNCE THE NSP2 BUYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR BROOKLYN
NYC Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and The New York Mortgage Coalition joined City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Brooklyn Council Member Erik Martin Dilan today to announce the launch of the NSP2 Buyer Assistance Program. The program grants qualified homebuyers up to $80,000 in forgivable loans toward the purchase of foreclosed or vacant homes in eligible neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Housing counseling and homeowner training for participants will be provided through local program partners. The eligible neighborhoods were selected based on HUD criteria used to identify the neighborhoods which have been most adversely impacted by the mortgage foreclosure crisis of recent years.




Monday, November 7, 2011
MAYOR BLOOMBERG, SPEAKER QUINN, HOUSING COMMISSIONER WAMBUA AND GOTHAM ORGANIZATION BREAK GROUND ON LARGEST NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECT IN MANHATTAN UNDER CITY’S HOUSING PLAN
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua and President of Gotham Organization David L. Picket broke ground today on the largest new construction project in Manhattan under the Mayor’s New Housing Marketplace Plan. The project received significant state support of $520 million in bond financing and Low Income Housing Tax Credits through New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The 550 West 45th Street project, which encompasses nearly the entire city block on Manhattan’s Far West Side between West 44th & West 45th Streets and 10th & 11th Avenues, will create 1,238 new apartments with 600 of those units expected to be permanently affordable to low-, moderate- and middle-income New Yorkers. The residential portion of the project which is slated to be completed in 2014 will also include approximately 15,000 square feet of new retail space, 17,000 square feet of open landscaped space and a below-ground parking facility for residents. It is estimated that the construction of the 550 West 45th Street development will facilitate the creation of approximately 2,900 construction and related jobs. The overall plan for the project will also include a new elementary school to replace PS 51, which currently sits on the site. Mayor Bloomberg was also joined at the announcement, which took place at the development site, by Congressman Jerrold Nadler, New York State Homes and Community Renewal Chief Operating Officer Michael Skrebutenas and Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York President Gary LaBarbera.




Friday, November 4, 2011
CAMBA, New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, Kings County Hospital Center, HCR, HHAC, HPD, FHLBNY, HSBC, NYSERDA, TD Bank, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Councilmember Dr. Mathieu
New York NY, November 4, 2011 – CAMBA, Inc./CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc., New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation (HHC), Kings County Hospital Center, New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), New York State Homeless Housing Assistance Corporation (HHAC), Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY), HSBC, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), TD Bank, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Councilmember Dr. Mathieu Eugene and Enterprise today celebrated the groundbreaking of CAMBA Gardens, a $67 million, 209-unit LEED Platinum, affordable and supportive housing development on two underutilized sites on the grounds of Kings County Hospital Center. The two, six-story buildings project is a partnership among the public hospital system, a community based non-profit developer and social service provider to provide housing and access to comprehensive healthcare services.



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