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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.




Monday, June 16, 2014
HDC BOARD APPROVES BOND AND SUBSIDY FINANCING FOR 18 AFFORDABLE DEVELOPMENTS IN MANHATTAN, THE BRONX AND BROOKLYN
The Board of Directors of the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) approved the issuance of $372.56 million in bonds and $88.7 million in subordinate financing from HDC to fund 2,226 units of affordable housing in sixteen developments in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Among the projects that can now move forward are eleven buildings with 1,259 units to be newly constructed and seven projects with 967 units that will preserve and protect existing affordable housing. In addition, the Board authorized $40 million in corporate reserves to renovate and preserve as affordable two Mitchell-Lama developments with 569 units in Brooklyn.




Thursday, June 12, 2014
MAYOR DE BLASIO, STATE HOUSING CHAIRS YOUNG AND WRIGHT, HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN ANNOUNCE CITY PROGRAM TO FOSTER PARTICIPATION OF MINORITY AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISES IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEV
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York State Senator Cathy Young, Assembly Member Keith Wright, and Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been announced passage of legislation that allows HPD to create a pipeline of affordable housing development opportunities dedicated to increasing the participation of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) in HPD’s programs. The new law, sponsored by Senator Young and Assemblyman Wright, who chair the state legislature’s housing committees, allows HPD to undertake path-breaking measures to increase participation by developers who have often faced credit constraints and other barriers.




Monday, June 9, 2014
MAYOR DE BLASIO AND COUNCIL SPEAKER MARK-VIVERITO JOIN BROADWAY HOUSING COMMUNITIES TO CELEBRATE INNOVATIVE SUGAR HILL DEVELOPMENT
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito joined with community leaders, affordable housing lenders and neighborhood elected officials on Monday to celebrate Broadway Housing Communities (BHC) new Sugar Hill Development as it nears completion. The project was financed by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, which dedicated $10 million in HOME funds and $3 million in tax credits, and addition to $3 million in capital funding from the City Council.




Thursday, May 29, 2014
HPD AND HDC JOIN CYPRESS 4 LLC AND PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF MAPLE MESA APARTMENTS
Bronx, NY – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) joined Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Cypress 4 LLC and partners to celebrate at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Maple Mesa Apartments. The Maple Mesa development includes two buildings, one located at 601 East 163rd Street and the other at 232 East 169th Street, providing the Morrisania and Concourse neighborhoods of the South Bronx with a total of 59 newly constructed low-income rental units, 12 of which will have a preference for formerly homeless households.




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.



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