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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
CITY PARTNERS CELEBRATE OPENING OF 168 NEW AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS AT THE ELLIOTT-CHELSEA DEVELOPMENT ON THE WEST SIDE OF MANHATTAN
New York, NY - Marc Jahr, President of the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), Mathew Wambua, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John Rhea joined representatives of Artimus Construction and Citi Community Capital at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Elliott-Chelsea on West 25th Street and 9th Avenue in Manhattan. The new construction development adds 168 units of affordable housing for low- to middle-income families to the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The $65 million development was funded through public and private partnerships and is located on land provided by NYCHA, which was previously used as a parking lot for neighboring NYCHA properties – Elliott and Chelsea Houses.




Monday, April 2, 2012
HPD AND HDC JOIN ACACIA NETWORK TO ANNOUNCE $33.2 MILLION IN FINANCING TO PRESERVE EXISITING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE BRONX
New York, NY - New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr and New York City Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, joined Acacia Network, Inc, to announce the preservation of OUB Houses and Mins Plaza. Both developments are located in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. In exchange for rehabilitation financing, OUB Houses and Mins Plaza will extend affordability on a total of 445 units and remain in the Mitchell-Lama program for an additional 30 years.




Wednesday, March 21, 2012
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA, COUNCIL SPEAKER QUINN CELEBRATE SUCCESS OF PROACTIVE PRESERVATION INITIATIVE AND ANNOUNCE PUBLICATION OF THE SECOND AT-RISK BUILDINGS LIST
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn announced the results to date of HPD’s Proactive Preservation Initiative (PPI) along with the addition of 134 buildings to the second PPI “At-Risk” buildings list. PPI is the City’s comprehensive approach to identify multifamily buildings in deteriorating physical condition and to hold their owners accountable for bringing the properties back into good repair before their condition endangers the health and safety of residents, and threatens the quality of the surrounding neighborhood and the viability of the building itself. Since PPI was rolled out last year, 18 buildings have been discharged because either their owners reduced the number of outstanding Housing Maintenance Code (HMC) violations by more than 80 percent or their litigation case was closed. The updated At-Risk list being published today includes 39 buildings that remain on the original list plus 95 newly identified buildings.




Monday, March 12, 2012
NYC DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT, PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN AND THE PUBLIC POLICY LAB LAUNCH INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIP
New York, NY – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the DESIS Lab (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) at Parsons The New School for Design and the Public Policy Lab have announced an innovative new partnership to explore ways to facilitate the involvement of community residents in the development of housing-related services in neighborhoods with significant public and private sector investment leveraged by HPD. The research effort will be led by a team of Public Policy Lab Fellows, Parsons faculty, and Parsons students who will target specific neighborhoods where HPD programs and initiatives are most active. The program will kick off with a series of lectures at Parsons highlighting cross-sector collaboration, the nexus of design and public policy and the delivery of critical government services.




Thursday, March 8, 2012
HDC AND HPD JOIN PHIPPS HOUSES, WEST HARLEM GROUP ASSISTANCE AND PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF DEMPSEY APARTMENTS
March 8, 2012 (New York, NY) – New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr and New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Deputy Commissioner of Development RuthAnne Visnauskas joined Adam Weinstein, President of Phipps Houses and Donald C. Notice, Executive Director West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc. (WHGA) to celebrate their latest partnership at the opening of Dempsey Apartments, one of Harlem’s newest affordable housing developments. Located at 128 West 128th Street, the six-story building offers 80 new units of sustainable and affordable housing to the residents of Central Harlem




Wednesday, March 7, 2012
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA, HDC PRESIDENT JAHR, WELLS FARGO AND ARKER COMPANIES ANNOUNCE $66.6 MILLION TO PRESERVE THREE QUEENS APARTMENT BUILDINGS
Queens, N.Y. – NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Acting Regional Administrator Mirza Orriols, along with the Arker Companies Principal Daniel Moritz and Wells Fargo Community Capital Group Head Matthew Weiner today announced a total investment of $66.6 million to renovate three affordable multifamily properties in the Rockaway section of Queens. The Arker Companies will use the funds to acquire and rehabilitate the three properties. The three buildings, Oceanview Apartments 1 and 2 and Heyson Gardens, a senior citizens’ residence, are more than three-and-a-half decades old and in need of comprehensive maintenance and major systems replacement. The low-cost financing from the City will ensure that the 328 apartments in the three buildings remain affordable for low-income tenants.




Friday, March 2, 2012
HPD JOINSACACIA NETWORK AND PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE THE GROUNDBREAKING FOR A NEWSUPPORTIVE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN THE BRONX
BRONX, NEW YORK - New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua joined Acacia Network, Inc. to celebrate the start ofconstruction on Mosholu Gardens, aneight-story supportive housing development with 64 low-income units located at 245 East Mosholu Parkway Northin the Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx. Plans for the new development feature a number of garden environments and on-site staff toprovide support servicesfor residents, many of whom will be formerly homeless. This building will bedeveloped through a partnership between Acacia Network, HPD,NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH),The National Equity Fund (NEF), The Supportive Housing Network of New York (SHNNY), The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and Enterprise Community Partners among other partners.




Wednesday, February 22, 2012
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA AND LANTERN COMMUNITY SERVICES ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF NEW AFFORDABLE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING IN BROOKLYN
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, Lantern Community Services Chief Operating Officer, Alissa Kampner Rudin and their development partners announced the grand opening of Hunterfly Trace. Located at 397-403 Howard Avenue in Brooklyn’s Ocean Hill/Brownsville neighborhood, Hunterfly Trace provides 62 units of supportive housing and on-site social services for formerly homeless adults. The development is built along a trace of Hunterfly Road that was used by Dutch settlers in the 1800’s to measure plots of land. The original Hunterfly Road continues southward stretching toward Jamaica Bay and is the location of the historic Hunterfly Road Houses.




Tuesday, February 21, 2012
HPD AND HDC JOIN MET COUNCIL AND NYCHA TO CELEBRATE THE GRAND OPENING OF NEW SENIOR HOUSING IN QUEENS
QUEENS, NEW YORK - New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr, and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John Rhea joined MET Council to celebrate the opening of Council Towers VI in Queens. This building is the sixth in a series of completed senior housing buildings created through a partnership with MET Council designed to serve as supportive affordable housing for New York City residents 62 years of age and older. Council Towers VI, which was built on land provided by NYCHA, is located at 71st Avenue between Kissena and Parsons Boulevards in the Pomonok area of Queens.




Wednesday, February 15, 2012
CENTER FOR NEW YORK CITY NEIGHBORHOODS ANNOUNCES CHRISTIE PEALE AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
New York, NY– The board of the Center for New York City Neighborhoods (CNYCN), in conjunction with the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) today announced that following an extensive search, current CNYCN Interim Director Christie Peale has been named as the organization’s Executive Director. CNYCN is an independent non-profit created in 2008 as New York City’s public/private foreclosure prevention resource and response. CNYCN works with and provides funding for more than 26 nonprofit, community-based organizations that assist homeowners in all five boroughs. CNYCN grew out of efforts by local leaders, including Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and non-profit partners, to create a systematic response to rapidly rising mortgage defaults and foreclosure filings, particularly in communities hardest hit by subprime and other unconventional loan products as well as job loss. CNYCN is funded by HPD and the City Council, along with generous contributions from numerous foundations and financial institutions.



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