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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
HPD HIGHLIGHTS BUDGET DOUBLING CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND STEPPED-UP ENFORCEMENT TO TARGET CITY’S 200 MOST DISTRESSED BUILDINGS
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been detailed the agency’s plans to invest in affordable housing in all five boroughs and protect the quality and financial stability of existing housing. The remarks were delivered to the City Council’s Finance and Housing and Building Committees as part of Fiscal Year 2015 executive budget hearings before the City Council.




Wednesday, May 21, 2014
HPD, HDC AND HCR JOIN THE ARKER COMPANIES TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF TWO NEW ENERGY-EFFICIENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN RICHMOND HILL, QUEENS
Queens, NY – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) joined the Arker Companies, project partners and elected officials to celebrate the opening of Richmond Place and Richmond Hill Senior Living Residence, two new affordable housing developments built side-by-side on a formerly contaminated site in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens. The new Richmond Place development includes a total of 117 units for affordable housing with 24 of those units designated to serve formerly homeless families. Richmond Hill Senior Living Residence is a 65-unit development for adults age 62 and older.




Wednesday, May 7, 2014
HPD AND HCR JOIN HOUR CHILDREN, ENTERPRISE AND PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY FOR HOUR CHILDREN APARTMENT HOUSE III
Long Island City, NY – New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) joined Hour Children, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. and project partners today to celebrate at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hour Children Apartment House III. Located at 36-11 12th Street in Long Island City, Queens, Hour Apartment House III (HAH III) is permanent supportive housing for eighteen families who have successfully reunited and stabilized following the mother’s release from prison. HAHIII represents the only supportive housing program in the country specifically constructed for formerly incarcerated women and their children. Current and former local elected officials were also in attendance.




Monday, May 5, 2014
MAYOR DE BLASIO UNVEILS ‘HOUSING NEW YORK’: A FIVE-BOROUGH, 10-YEAR HOUSING PLAN TO PROTECT AND EXPAND AFFORDABILITY
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today laid out a 10-year plan to build or preserve 200,000 affordable apartments across all five boroughs—enough housing to serve more than a half-million New Yorkers. The $41 billion Housing New York: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan is the most expansive and ambitious affordable housing agenda of its kind in the nation’s history, and Mayor de Blasio pledged it would reach New Yorkers ranging from those with very low incomes at the bottom of the economic ladder, all the way to those in the middle class facing ever-rising rents in their neighborhoods.




Friday, April 25, 2014
HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND HOUSING PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT URGE NEW YORKERS TO HELP PREVENT AVOIDABLE TRAGEDIES BY INSTALLING WINDOW GUARDS
April 25, 2014 – The Health Department and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) reminded New Yorkers today that properly installed window guards are an important safety measure to prevent children from falling out of open windows. To help prevent the tragedy of a child falling from an open window, they are urging New Yorkers to make sure window guards are in place and properly installed. Children under the age of five account for two-thirds of all falls in New York City, and in 2013, there were six falls from windows that should have had window guards in place, one of which resulted in the death of a child.




Thursday, April 24, 2014
HPD FILES COURT CASE TO REMOVE BROOKLYN LANDLORD FROM MANAGEMENT OF TROUBLED BUILDING
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been announced that the agency has initiated a 7A case in Brooklyn housing court seeking to remove landlord Joel Israel from the management of 98 Linden Street in Brooklyn, and have the Court appoint an independent administrator to manage the property. HPD has been working in coordination other city and state agencies, the tenants' attorneys, and local elected officials to hold the landlord accountable for the conditions at the building and for ordering the demolition of the kitchens and bathrooms in two of the apartments on the first floor.




Monday, April 7, 2014
MAYOR DE BLASIO JOINS DUNN DEVELOPMENT, ARTS EAST NEW YORK AND PARTNERS TO BREAK GROUND ON LIVONIA COMMONS
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today joined developers and community partners to break ground on Livonia Commons, the first phase of a major new multi-phase project in East New York, the Livonia Avenue Initiative, that will create more affordable housing, local jobs and space for community organizations to grow. The Livonia Avenue Initiative will create a total of nearly 791 affordable apartments when all phases are complete.




Monday, March 31, 2014
HUD Regional Administrator Leicht, NYCHA Chair Olatoye, HPD Commissioner Been, and HDC President Rodney Join Trinity Financial, WHGA, Enterprise and Partners to Celebrate the Start of Redevelopment at
Public and Private Partnerships Finance Public Housing Renovations for 36 Historic Tenement Buildings Located on West 114th Street Between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Frederick Douglass Boulevards

Project Is the First Development on NYCHA Land in New York City to Combine Affordable Rental Units and Public Housing




Saturday, February 8, 2014
MAYOR DE BLASIO APPOINTS LEADERSHIP AT MAJOR HOUSING AGENCIES, PROMISING TO TAKE ON NEW YORK CITY’S AFFORDABILITY CRISIS
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced four key appointments to his administration, pledging to expand access to affordable housing and upgrade the city’s aging public housing stock. The mayor laid out a range of strategies to reach those goals, including launching inclusive housing programs that serve both low-income New Yorkers and the middle class, developing innovative strategies to leverage new capital to spur housing production and preservation, and working across city agencies to maximize every opportunity to address the affordability issues facing New Yorkers




Tuesday, February 4, 2014
HPD COMMISSIONER VISNAUSKAS ANNOUNCES LIST BUILDINGS WITH 2,700 UNITS IN LATEST ROUND OF ALTERNATIVE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM
New York, NY - New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas released the new list of residential buildings that have been placed into the agency’s seventh round of the Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP). The AEP, which was originally signed into law in 2007, is aimed at increasing the pressure on the owners of the City’s most distressed multifamily residential buildings to bring the properties up to code so that the residents are not forced to live in substandard and hazardous conditions. This seventh round of AEP also marks an increase over the last two years in the number of larger buildings of 20 or more units that were selected to enter the program. With more large buildings and more units captured under AEP’s umbrella, thousands more New Yorkers will benefit from the stabilizing effects of increased enforcement and improved living conditions. Up to 200 buildings can be selected for inclusion in the program every year. The 187 buildings making the list in the seventh round marks the first time since the program’s inception that fewer than 200 buildings met the legally mandated requirements to be included in AEP.



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