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Monday, August 12, 2013
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA AND DIRECTOR OF HOUSING RECOVERY GAIR ANNOUNCE DEVELOPMENT TEAMS TO HELP REBUILD HOMES DESTROYED BY HURRICANE SANDY AS PART OF THE NYC BUILD IT BACK PROGRAM
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua and the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO) Director Brad Gair announced today that the development teams of Galaxy General Contracting, Arverne By the Sea, LLC, and the Bluestone Organization have been chosen via a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to help build new 1-4 unit privately owned homes to replace those that were destroyed or sustained irreparable damage from Hurricane Sandy. Rebuilding is one of several options offered under the NYC Build it Back program, which helps affected residents return to permanent, sustainable housing by addressing unmet housing recovery needs. NYC Build it Back can also repair homes damaged by Sandy, reimburse homeowners for out-of-pocket repair expenses and in some cases, acquire affected properties




Thursday, July 18, 2013
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA, L+M DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS, THE BLUESTONE ORGANIZATION, TRIANGLE EQUITIES, ENTERPRISE COMMUNITY PARTNERS, AND AIA NEW YORK SELECT FINALISTS FOR FAR ROC DESIGN COMPETITION
July 18, 2013, New York – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), L+M Development Partners, The Bluestone Organization, Triangle Equities, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIA New York) and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) today announced the four finalists chosen from Phase I of the two-phase “For a Resilient Rockaway” (FAR ROC) design competition at the Center for Architecture in New York City. The FAR ROC jury selected the four proposals from a pool of 117 submissions that came from designers in more than 20 countries. Launched in April, the FAR ROC competition sought ideas for developing an 80+ acre site called Arverne East into a new mixed-use, mixed-income, sustainable and storm-resilient community that will meet the new physical and regulatory challenges of waterfront development while maintaining the balance between innovation and affordability.




Thursday, July 18, 2013
CHINATOWN COMMUNITY, AAFE, HPD, SPEAKER SILVER, SENATOR SQUADRON, COUNCILMEMBER CHIN CELEBRATE RETURN OF TENANTS TO 289 GRAND STREET
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York City Councilmember Margaret Chin, State Senator Daniel Squadron, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), and others joined members of the Chinatown community to celebrate the return of the tenants to 289 Grand Street this past spring. On April 12, 2010, 289 Grand Street suffered fire and water damage as a result of one of the worst fires in Chinatown’s history. For almost two years, the 289 Grand Street Tenants Association, with the assistance of AAFE, the legal team at HPD and the support of the area’s local elected officials, fought to have the landlord repair and restore the building.




Thursday, July 11, 2013
APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE PARK CLINTON, A NEW AFFORDABLE MIXED-INCOME CO-OP
Manhattan, N.Y.— New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua today announced that applications are now being accepted for The Park Clinton. Located at 533 West 52nd Street, the development creates 96 affordable, mixed-income cooperative units in the Clinton neighborhood of Manhattan. In addition, the development offers a twenty-five percent preference to income-eligible New Yorkers displaced from their homes by Hurricane Sandy.




Wednesday, July 10, 2013
CENTER FOR NEW YORK CITY NEIGHBORHOODS ANNOUNCES 100 HOMES SAVED FROM FORECLOSURE BY CITY’S INNOVATIVE LOAN PROGRAM
NEW YORK – The Center for New York City Neighborhoods (CNYCN) Executive Director Christie Peale and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua today announced that 100 loans have been provided to New York City homeowners in mortgage distress through the City’s Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP). MAP provides loans of up to $25,000 to homeowners at risk of foreclosure to help them keep their homes by achieving sustainable, affordable mortgage payments. The program is funded by HPD as well as through private donations, including a grant from the Ford Foundation. To date, MAP has spent over $2 million to create and sustain affordable home ownership in New York City. On average, MAP loans have helped to reduce homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments from 42% of their monthly gross income to 31%. In addition to the 100 loans already funded, CNYCN has approved 48 MAP applications that will result in an additional $940,000 in funding.




Tuesday, July 9, 2013
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCES PREFERENCE FOR DISPLACED SANDY VICTIMS IN 7 AFFORDABLE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE BEDFORD STUYVESANT, BROWNSVILLE, AND EAST NEW YORK SECTIONS OF BROOKLYN
Brooklyn, N.Y.— New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua today announced the latest housing developments to offer preference to income-eligible New Yorkers displaced from their homes by Hurricane Sandy. Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY) Management Inc. will add a total of 26 affordable units in seven buildings being rehabilitated in the Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and East New York neighborhoods of Brooklyn. The project will include 15 affordable units reserved for low-income households. The remainder of the affordable units is reserved for tenants in need of relocation from other MHANY properties that are currently under construction. Twenty-five percent of the 15 affordable units will be subject to the Sandy preference. These units are subject to a lottery managed by the developer and overseen by HPD.




Tuesday, July 9, 2013
ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR BRONX LANDLORD WHO FAILED TO FIX HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS IN ONE OF THE CITY’S MOST DISTRESSED BUILDINGS
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced that Mr. Joel Loutan, the owner of a multifamily residential building at 1514 East 172nd Street in the Bronx, was ordered by the Court to pay civil penalties and serve time in jail until he corrects all violations at his property. Mr. Loutan allowed his property to slide into such a deplorable state that it was placed in HPD’s Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP), an initiative that annually targets the 200 most distressed buildings in the City for remediation. Mr. Loutan failed to comply with AEP Orders to Correct issued by HPD, failed to appear in Court on numerous occasions, and failed to comply with Court orders directing the correction of housing code violations. On July 3, 2013, Bronx County Housing Court Judge Jerald Klein, finding Mr. Loutan in civil contempt of an earlier Order and Judgment, directed that he be fined and remanded to jail until such time as the violations are corrected and HPD’s AEP Orders to Correct are complied with.




Tuesday, July 2, 2013
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCES PREFERENCE FOR DISPLACED SANDY VICTIMS AT CYPRESS VILLAGE, A NEW DEVELOPMENT WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Brooklyn, N.Y.— New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua today announced the latest housing development to offer preference to income-eligible New Yorkers displaced from their homes by Hurricane Sandy. Cypress Village will add a total of 28 units to the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. In addition to providing housing for formerly homeless individuals and families residing in the building, the project will include 22 affordable units reserved for low-income tenants. Twenty-five percent of the 22 affordable units will be subject to the Sandy preference. These units are subject to a lottery managed by the developer and overseen by HPD.




Wednesday, June 26, 2013
HPD, HDC, SPEAKER QUINN, WORKFORCE HOUSING, MORGAN STANLEY, JP MORGAN CHASE AND PARTNERS ANNOUNCE $28.6 MILLION DEAL TO REHAB FOUR TROUBLED BRONX BUILDINGS
NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Workforce Housing Advisors (WFHA), Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase and partners today announced the beginning of what will be a substantial renovation of four of the most physically distressed multi-family buildings in the City. The buildings, which are located at 2239, 2241, 2323 and 2333 Creston Avenue in the University Heights section of the Bronx have a combined 120 apartments. The previous owner allowed the properties to slide into such a deplorable state that all four were placed in HPD’s Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP), an initiative that annually targets the 200 most distressed buildings in the City for remediation. This public-private partnership will put a financing plan in place to bring the Creston Avenue buildings back into good repair and ensure that the tenants’ homes are safe, stable and affordable for the long-term.




Tuesday, June 25, 2013
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA CONTINUES PREFERENCE FOR DISPLACED SANDY VICTIMS AT BETHANY PLACE, A NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
New York, N.Y.— New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua today announced the latest housing development to offer preference to income-eligible New Yorkers displaced from their homes by Hurricane Sandy. Bethany Place will add a total of 23 affordable housing rental apartments to the North Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. Ten percent of the 23 affordable units will be subject to the Sandy preference. These units will be filled through a lottery managed by the developer and overseen by HPD and the City’s Housing Development Corporation (HDC).



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