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Friday, December 12, 2014
HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN ANNOUNCES NEW DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS TO SPUR AFFORDABLE RENTAL AND HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ON SMALL UNDER-USED SITES
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been announced today that the agency is rolling out two new affordable housing programs that are designed to capitalize on small under-used sites to create affordable rental and homeownership opportunities for hardworking New Yorkers. With the launch of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the New Infill Homeownership Opportunities Program (NIHOP) and the Neighborhood Construction Program (NCP), HPD continues to deliver on key commitments of the Mayor’s Housing New York plan to maximize resources and encourage neighborhood focused development. It is also anticipated that these programs will help encourage the development of capacity among smaller developers with a particular focus on local non-profits and Community Development Corporations (CDCs).




Thursday, December 11, 2014
MAYOR DE BLASIO AND CARDINAL DOLAN JOIN HIGHBRIDGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO BREAK GROUND ON NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio and Timothy Cardinal Dolan today joined officials, clergy and community partners in Highbridge to break ground on the Artsbridge senior housing complex. When completed in 2016, the seven-story development will be 100 percent affordable, providing apartments for 61 low-income seniors and a 19,000 square-foot community space that will be the permanent home of Highbridge Voices.




Thursday, December 4, 2014
HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT TEAM TO BUILD 288 AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS, NEW RETAIL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE SPACE IN SECOND PHASE OFLIVONIA AVENUE INITIATIVE
Brooklyn, N.Y. – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been today announced the selection of a development team for Phase II of the Livonia Avenue Initiative in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. The development team of BRP Companies, HELP USA, the Local Development Corporation of East New York (LDC ENY), and the Community Solutions organization were selected through a competitive Request for Proposals process. The development team’s plan includes four new mixed-use buildings with a total of 288 affordable apartments, a commercial kitchen that will provide culinary training, and a Career Exploration Center (CEC) that will provide vocational training to students of the New Visions Charter High School. This is the first project to be developed under the guidelines of HPD’s new Extremely Low and Low-Income Affordability (ELLA) program.




Tuesday, December 2, 2014
HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN ANNOUNCES LATEST PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE MINORITY AND WOMEN OWNED BUSINESS PARTICIPATION ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been announced today that HPD is issuing its Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The M/WBE RFQ is part of Building Opportunity, HPD’s multi-pronged initiative aimed at increasing opportunities for M/WBEs to compete to participate in HPD-supported development projects. Though this RFQ, HPD will evaluate and compile a roster of prequalified M/WBE developers with the necessary experience and capacity to develop, maintain, and manage high-quality affordable housing.




Wednesday, November 26, 2014
311, DOITT, HPD LAUNCH UPDATED 311 APP ALLOWING TENANTS TO FILE HEAT COMPLAINTS ON THEIR MOBILE DEVICES FOR THE FIRST TIME
NEW YORK—311 Executive Director Joseph Morrisroe, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) Commissioner Anne M. Roest, and New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been announced today that with Heat Season underway, the City has released an update for the 311 Mobile Application, which allows tenants to register heat and hot water complaints from their mobile devices for the first time. The updated app is currently available for download for both iPhone and Android




Thursday, November 20, 2014
NYC DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING, PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC POLICY LAB, AND PARSONS DESIS LAB COMPLETE TWO YEAR LONG SURVEY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING MARKETING AND OUTREACH
New York, NY – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the Public Policy Lab (PPL), and the Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab (DESIS) at Parsons The New School for Design have released Evaluating New Housing Services, a comprehensive assessment of the implementation of new services for those seeking city-supported affordable housing; the report is available as a free download from the PPL and Parsons websites. The partnership was made possible by a 2012 Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund grant.




Wednesday, November 19, 2014
HPD JOINS HARLEM DOWLING, THE CHILDREN’S VILLAGE, ALEMBIC COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE THE START OF CONSTRUCTION ON THE NEW HARLEM DOWLING AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN HARLEM
New York, N.Y. – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been and New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Gary Rodney joined the leaders of Harlem Dowling - West Side Center for Children and Family Services, The Children’s Village, Alembic Community Development, and partners to celebrate the start of construction on the Harlem Dowling affordable housing development. This 60 unit new development will be located at 2139 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. The new development will include a new central office for Harlem Dowling and a new satellite office for The Children’s Village, in addition to creating 47 one- and two-bedroom affordable apartments for area families and 12 studio apartments for youth aging out of foster care. The Children’s Village will provide on-site social services for the emancipated youth.




Monday, November 17, 2014
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES $165 MILLION PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE STATE AND NEW YORK CITY FOR THE REVITALIZATION OF CENTRAL BROOKLYN HOSPITAL CORRIDOR WITH AFFORDABLE AND SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the start of construction of CAMBA Gardens Apartments Phase II, following the completion and occupancy of Phase I on the Kings County Hospital campus, revitalizing the Brooklyn hospital corridor through a partnership between the State and City of New York. When Phase II is completed, the $165 million development will include a mix of 502 affordable and supportive housing units, providing housing to low-income residents and advancing better health outcomes for high-need Medicaid clients.




Monday, November 17, 2014
CITY HOUSING AGENCIES ANNOUNCE NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAMS AND CHANGES TO CURRENT PROGRAMS THAT DELIVER ON KEY COMMITMENTS IN MAYOR’S AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLAN
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been and New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Gary Rodney announced new affordable housing programs and significant changes to a number of existing programs that will align them with the priorities of Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York plan. The guidelines of the new programs and changes are reflected in the agency’s term sheets, which are documents that define the parameters, qualifications, and scope of specific affordable housing programs. Combined with three new affordable housing programs, key changes to term sheets of existing programs will help to stretch public subsidy, encourage mixed-income development, and help address the homeless crisis and provide housing for those with special needs.




Thursday, November 13, 2014
HPD JOINS THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF HARLEM, MONADNOCK, ALEMBIC DEVELOPMENT AND PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE THE CONVERSION OF LONG VACANT P.S. 186 IN HARLEM INTO AFFORDABLE HOUSING
New York, N.Y. – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been joined the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem (BGCH) Chair Shirley Lewis and Board Member Christopher Watler, Monadnock Development Vice President and Director of Development Kirk Goodrich, Alembic Community Development Principal Mark Reed and partners to celebrate the start of construction on the redevelopment of P.S. 186 into 78 units of very low-, low-, and middle-income affordable housing and a new Harlem Boys and Girls Club in Manhattan. Also in attendance were New York State Assembly Member Herman D. Farrell, and Former New York City Council Member Robert Jackson



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