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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA CONTINUES PREFERENCE FOR DISPLACED SANDY VICTIMS AT HARLEM RIVER POINT SOUTH, 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. Harlem River Point South will add a total of 139 affordable housing rental apartments to the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. Fifteen percent of the 139 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).




Monday, June 10, 2013
HPD OFFERS TWO SMALL COMMERCIAL OFFICE BUILDINGS FOR SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) announced today that beginning on June 10, 2013 it will be offering two small commercial office buildings for sale through the agency’s Asset Sales Program, in as-is condition. Located at 151 East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx and 27 Hooper Street in Brooklyn, the two properties are being offered to the general public through a Request for Offers (RFO), and will be sold to the highest responsible applicants, subject to the City’s land use approval procedures. Due to their size and zoning restrictions at 27 Hooper Street, these office buildings are not suitable for residential use or redevelopment as affordable housing.




Thursday, June 6, 2013
HPD, NYCHA, AND HHC ANNOUNCE NEW INITIATIVE TO HELP KEEP CITY’S PROMISE TO DOUBLE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PRODUCTION
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua attended the 13th Annual New York State Supportive Housing Conference today where he announced that later this month, HPD in partnership with the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) and NYC Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC), will be issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify qualified developers to help the City in its efforts to double its production of supportive housing. At last year’s Supportive Housing Conference, HPD, NYCHA and New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) announced their joint commitment to utilize new tools and resources to double the production of supportive housing units throughout the City. Under the City’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP) alone, the number of supportive housing units financed is projected to climb from approximately 500 units to nearly 1,000 units annually to help meet the needs of New York’s most vulnerable citizens. Though this RFQ, HPD will evaluate and compile a list of prequalified developers to enable the City to identify candidates with the necessary experience and capacity to develop high-quality supportive housing on City-owned land, and on available NYCHA and HHC sites when appropriate.




Tuesday, June 4, 2013
HPD & HDC JOIN BARRIER FREE LIVING AND ALEMBIC TO BREAK GROUND ON NEW SUPPORTIVE HOUSING IN THE BRONX
Bronx, NY –New York City’s Housing Development Corporation (HDC),the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), along with the New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation (HHAC)joined Barrier Free Living (BFL), Alembic Development and Foxy Management on East 139th Street in the Bronx today to celebrate the start of construction on Barrier Free Living Apartments, BFL’s first permanent supportive housing development that, when complete, will provide 120 apartments with a preference for the disabled and survivors of domestic abuse. Also in attendance were project partners and supporters including the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), Citi Community Capital, Richman Housing Resources and local elected officials.




Tuesday, May 28, 2013
HUD, HPD, HDC & NYCHA JOIN MET COUNCIL AND ARKER COMPANINES TO CELEBRATE THE GROUNDBREAKING OF A NEW SENIOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN THE BRONX
Bronx, NY – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), New York City Housing and Development Corporation (HDC), and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) joined Met Council, The Arker Companies and other partners today as they celebrated the start of construction on Woodlands & Council Towers VII in the Bronx. The new development will create 180 units of affordable housing for low-income senior citizens, age 62 and older




Wednesday, May 22, 2013
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT TEAM CHOSEN TO BUILD NEW MIXED-USE AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN WILLIAMSBURG
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced today that a team comprised of North Brooklyn Development Corporation (NBDC) and MDG Design and Construction, LLC has been chosen through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop an affordable, mixed-use development on the former Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) warehouse site in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The City-owned site located at 337 Berry Street between South 4th Street and South 5th Street will be developed to create 55 units of low-income rental housing along with new ground-floor commercial space for a grocery store, community space for a tenant services center, and open space for use by the future tenants. The LPC’s warehouse served as a repository for fixtures and ornaments reclaimed from buildings across New York as part of that agency’s architectural salvage program. The program was discontinued in 2000, and in 2005 the site was identified in the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Points of Agreement (POA) as a possible location for affordable housing development.




Monday, May 20, 2013
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA REMINDS RESIDENTIAL BUILDING OWNERS OF CHANGES TO ANNUAL DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING PROPERTIES WITH THE CITY
New York, NY - NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua is reminding property owners and managing agents of multifamily residential buildings and certain one- and two- family homes that registration forms will be sent to them in late May and early June in preparation for meeting the new August 31st deadline to register or update registration information for their property with the City. In July 2013, HPD will release a new online application on the agency’s website where owners and agents will be able to create a portfolio of their properties to better manage the registration and update process.




Thursday, May 16, 2013
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCES PREFERENCE FOR DISPLACED SANDY VICTIMS AT CAMBA GARDENS, A NEW SUPPORTIVE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua today announced the latest housing development in construction to offer preference to income-eligible New Yorkers displaced from their homes by Hurricane Sandy. Developed by CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc., CAMBA Gardens will add a total of 209 units of affordable supportive housing to the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn through the City’s Supportive Housing Loan Program. In addition to providing housing for formerly homeless individuals and families residing in the building, the project will include 61 permanently affordable units reserved for low-income tenants. Ten percent of these 61 affordable units will be subject to the Sandy preference.




Monday, May 13, 2013
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCES PROGRAM TO HELP REBUILD HOMES DESTROYED BY HURRICANE SANDY
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking to identify qualified developers to participate in the rebuilding 1-4 unit homes in New York City that were destroyed or substantially damaged by Hurricane Sandy, as part of a program using federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding. The City’s immediate response to Hurricane Sandy was one of the largest mobilizations of services in the City’s history. Rebuilding the homes that were severely impacted by the hurricane, and returning stability to those households is an essential next step in the ongoing recovery process




Friday, May 10, 2013
HPD JOINS PROVIDENCE HOUSE AND PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE THE GRAND OPENING FOR THE D'ADDARIO RESIDENCE
Brooklyn, NY – NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) joined Providence House, Inc., Alembic Community Development, Bedford-Stuyvesant residents, and homeless service providers today to celebrate the grand opening of The D’Addario Residence, a $12.6 million development providing permanent service-enriched affordable housing for formerly incarcerated individuals and their families and low-income community residents. Also in attendance were NYS Assembly Member Annette Robinson, the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, The Richman Group, Capital One and partners.



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