News Alert: January 21
Rafael Cestero Leaves HPD; Joins L+M Development
Crain's New York reports that Rafael Cestero has resigned as Commissioner of HPD and will join L+M Development as a managing director effective May 1.
News Alert: January 19
HUD Awards $165M to NY Homeless Programs
As part of the Obama Adminstration's Opening Doors strategy to prevent and end homelessness, the Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a total of $1.4 billion to nearly 7,000 local homeless programs. $165 million went to New York-based programs.
News Alert: January 15
122 Affordable Units Open at Decatur Terrace in Bronx CB7
Decatur Terrace - a 122-unit development in the Bedford Park/Norwood area of the Bronx - officially opened on January 14. The project was a collaboration between the NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC), the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the Jackson Development Group and the New York Housing Partnership Development Corporation. It was financed under HDC's New Housing Opportunity Program (New HOP) and HPD's Participation Loan Program.
News Alert: January 14
New York City Implements Proactive Housing Preservation Policies
The City announced the launch of the Proactive Preservation Initiative to aggressively identify and combat deteriorating conditions in multifamily buildings. Instead of passively waiting on tenant complaints, Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will work with the City Council, the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) to "collect and consolidate data from multiple sources to pinpoint distressed buildings that are actively declining." Data will be drawn from on-site inspections, outstanding tax and water arrears, neighborhood foreclosures, and notices from community stakeholders.
This blight prevention initiative will be manned by a new 10-person Proactive Enforcement Bureau (PEB) within HPD's Division of Enforcement and Neighborhood Services. An estimated 500 buildings are projected to fall under the PEB's purview over the next 12 months.
News Alert: January 12
RFP Issued for 935-Unit Supposrtive Housing Project
The New York State Office of Mental Health has issued a Request for Proposals for 935 units of supportive housing under New York/New York III, the City/State agreement to fund 9,000 new units of supportive housing in New York City over 10 years.
The supportive housing units must be part of a larger mixed-use housing project.
The funding is for chronically homeless single adults diagnosed with a serious mental illness (population “A” in the NY/NY III agreement).
The units will be budgeted annually at a gross program level of $18,337.50 per unit.
Interested applicants must:
1. Submit a non-binding letter of intent by January 11, 2011.
Letters should be sent to:
Ms. Caren Abate
Assistant Housing Director
New York State Office of Mental Health
New York City Field Office
330 Fifth Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10001
2. Attend a mandatory bidders conference on January 18, 2011 from 2:30-4:00 PM at:
OMH New York City Field Office
330 Fifth Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY
Proposals are due February 15, 2011.
The RFP can be found at: http://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/rfp/2010/sro/
News Alert: January 6
Affordable Housing Advocate Added to Suffolk County Planning Commission
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy appointed Diana Weir, Executive Vice President of the Long Island Housing Partnership, to a two-year term on the County's planning commission.
News Alert: January 5
Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address Includes New Community Development Program
One of the priorities stressed in Governor Cuomo's first State of the State address included a new smart growth initiative called the "NY Cleaner, Green Communities Program".
News Alert: January 4
Governor Cuomo Delivers First State of the State Address Tomorrow; Live Stream Available Via Internet
Governor Cuomo's State of the State address will run from 1:30-3pm tomorrow from the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. The speech will be carried over the internet via the Governor's website.