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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN AND HDC PRESIDENT RODNEY JOIN SELFHELP, ENTERPRISE, CHASE AND PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF A NEW TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED SENIOR RESIDENCE IN FLUSHING, QUEENS
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - FLUSHING, N.Y. - 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 Selfhelp Community Services President of the Board of Directors Raymond V.J. Schrag and CEO Stuart C. Kaplan, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise), JP Morgan Chase and partners to celebrate the ceremonial opening of Selfhelp K-VII, a 92 unit affordable senior housing residence located at 137-39 45th Avenue in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens. The 14-story new development features a groundbreaking Virtual Senior Center (VSC) program and the 9,000-square-foot federally qualified Charles B. Wang Health and Wellness Center which is being built in conjunction with Selfhelp K-VII to bring much-needed medical services to the area. The wellness center is scheduled to open next year. The development’s programs promote general health and wellness as well as assists homebound seniors and other community members in overcoming social isolation.




Thursday, September 18, 2014
HPD JOINS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY NYC AND PARTNERS TO BREAK GROUND ON ANEW 15-UNIT HOMEOWNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN BROOKLYN
Brooklyn, N.Y. - New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) joins Habitat for Humanity New York City, development partners and future homeowners to celebrate the start of construction on the Dean Street development, a 15-unit complex that will provide affordable homeownership opportunities for low-income families in the Ocean Hill/Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn. The creation of this development was made possible through financing from HPD, the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation, the New York State Housing Trust Fund, Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, and other project partners




Tuesday, September 9, 2014
HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN JOINS YUCO REAL ESTATE AND ITS PARTNERS
Bronx, N.Y. - New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been joined its largest Asian-American-owned affordable housing development partner developer Yuco Real Estate Company, Inc. and its financing partners to celebrate the start of construction on the Brook Avenue Apartments, a two-building, 66-unit development that will be constructed on vacant formerly city-owned land in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. The development will benefit from the use of underused air rights of neighboring one-story Con Edison facilities.




Wednesday, July 30, 2014
MAYOR DE BLASIO, COMPTROLLER STRINGER, COMMUNITY PRESERVATION CORPORATION, AND CITI ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP TO INVEST $350 MILLION IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott M. Stringer today announced a partnership to establish a $350 million fund to support affordable housing throughout New York City, marking a major investment in the administration’s historic plan to create and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing.




Tuesday, July 15, 2014
HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN ANNOUNCES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS TO BUILD NEW MIXED-USE, MIXED-INCOME DEVELOPMENT WITH 200 NEW AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS IN FLUSHING, QUEENS
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been announced today the release of a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop a transit-oriented, mixed-use, and mixed-income development with approximately 200 new affordable apartments in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens. The Flushing Municipal Lot 3 development site is approximately 43,200-square-feet and is currently being used as a municipal parking lot operated by the Department of Transportation (DOT). HPD is seeking proposals to redevelop the property as mixed-income affordable housing that includes retail and/or community facility space that will add to and enhance the current inventory of community and cultural uses and spaces available in the neighborhood.




Thursday, July 10, 2014
HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN AND HDC PRESIDENT RODNEY ANNOUNCE MORE THAN 8,700 UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCED DURING ADMINISTRATION’S FIRST SIX MONTHS
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 today that the City financed the creation and preservation of more than 8,700 affordable units during the de Blasio Administration’s first six months. These units represent a direct investment of approximately $250 million by the City of New York. During Fiscal Year 2014 which began on July 1, 2013 and ended on June 30, 2014 more than 13,260 units of affordable housing were financed by the city.




Wednesday, July 2, 2014
HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN REMINDS RESIDENTIAL BUILDING OWNERS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO REGISTER PROPERTIES WITH THE CITY
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been is reminding property owners and managing agents of multifamily residential buildings and certain one- and two- family homes of their obligation to annually register their properties with HPD. The annual registration period is now open, and must be completed by the September 1st deadline. Building owners can register with HPD online and registration forms will be sent to them in the mail. When the registration process is successfully completed the property will be validly registered through August 31, 2015.




Monday, June 23, 2014
BRONX LANDLORD ARRESTED FOR REPEATEDLY FAILING TO FIX HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS AT TWO DISTRESSED BUILDINGS
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been announced that Mr. Mohammed Kayyali, the owner of multifamily residential buildings at 974 Anderson Avenue and 1920 Loring Place South in the Bronx, was arrested on June 9, 2014 after being ordered by the Court to pay civil penalties and serve two jail sentences of up to six month or until the violations are corrected. The six month sentences were handed down in separate cases for each building and are the maximum the Court can impose. The sentences will run concurrently. Mr. Kayyali allowed 974 Anderson Avenue 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. The other building, 1920 Loring Place South, has nearly 200 open housing code violations




Thursday, June 19, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, WORKFORCE HOUSING, BANANA KELLY, GROW NYC, HOUSING PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT CELEBRATE NEW URBAN GARDEN AT FORMERLY BLIGHTED BRONX BUILDINGS
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Workforce Housing Group (WHG), GrowNYC, Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and partners today celebrated the completion of the Kelly Street Green urban garden. Kelly Street Green is the final component of the rehabilitation of the five buildings at 916, 920, 924, 928, and 935 Kelly Street in the Hunts Point-Longwood section of the Bronx. Seeing potential in unused backyard space, which has southern exposure that is ideal for planting, WHG applied for and received nearly $237,000 in funding through DEP’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program, which funds stormwater management projects on private property, and worked with GrowNYC in the design and implementation of the garden plan. Kelly Street Green is one of 29 organizations DEP’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program has partnered with since 2011 and has the capacity to capture as much as 13,500 gallons of stormwater each time it rains, or more than 250,000 gallons annually, and reduce pollution in the East River. The five buildings along Kelly Street were severely distressed and in foreclosure prior to WHG partnering with HPD to acquire and preserve them as affordable housing; a process which completed early last year with a celebration welcoming the original tenants home to newly renovated apartments.




Tuesday, June 17, 2014
HPD JOINS PHIPPS HOUSES, UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT, THE DOOR, LOISAIDA, INC. AND PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE RIBBON CUTTING AT GUT RENOVATED SUPPORTIVE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN THE LOWER EAST SIDE
New York, NY – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) joined Phipps Houses, University Settlement, The Door, Loisaida, Inc., and project partners today to celebrate the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly gut renovated, mixed-use supportive housing development at 710 East 9th Street in Manhattan. Located in Lower East Side, this formerly city-owned building now includes 44 new affordable apartments with onsite supportive services for young adults who have a history of homelessness and/or mental illness and young adults aging out of foster care who have children of their own. The building will also include a brand new 10,000 square-foot community center operated by Loisaida, Inc.



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