Affordable Housing Program Awardees

August 4, 2009

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Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Awards $200,000 Affordable Housing Grant in Perry

Champion Place will provide 19 units of supportive housing for seniors.

Perry, New York — The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York announced today the award of a $200,000 affordable housing grant to Wyoming County Community Action to help finance the construction of Champion Place, which will provide 19 units of supportive housing for very-low income seniors. Five Star Bank, a Home Loan Bank member, submitted the application for the funding.

“It is vital that we support our seniors with affordable, high-quality homes,” said Representative Chris Lee (NY, 26). “This grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and Five Star Bank will help create nearly 20 housing opportunities."

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Federal Home Loan Banks’ Affordable Housing Program (AHP), which was created by Congress in 1989. Since the Program’s inception, the Federal Home Loan Banks have provided more than $3.6 billion to facilitate more than 15,000 affordable housing projects across the nation. These grants have created nearly 670,000 units of affordable housing. At the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, AHP has supported more than 1,100 projects with grants totaling more than $320 million, creating more than 46,000 units of affordable housing and generating nearly $6 billion in total development costs.

“We are proud to partner with Representative Lee and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York to support Wyoming County Community Action in creating this senior housing,” said Peter G. Humphrey, President & CEO of Five Star Bank. “Supporting the local community has been and remains a long-standing commitment of Five Star Bank.” 

“For 20 years, the Home Loan Bank of New York has been given the tremendous opportunity to work hand-in-hand with New York’s esteemed elected officials, its locally-focused hometown banks and its terrific community organizations to bring safe, stable and affordable housing to the State,” said Alfred A. DelliBovi, president and CEO of the Home Loan Bank. “It is an opportunity, and a partnership, that we are most grateful for.”

The $200,000 grant will be used to help fund the construction of 19 units of supportive housing for very low-income senior citizens. The project development and design will allow residents to “age in place” by providing services such as on-site case management, on-site medical screening, health care, and workshops covering budgeting, credit counseling, and other basic financial education. These services will enable the tenants to maintain self-sufficiency and independence.  These apartments will be the first elderly supportive housing to be developed in Wyoming County."

Additional funding will be provided by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 202 Program and Five Star Bank.

Today’s grant is part of a total of $16 million in AHP subsidies that the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York has announced in August. These grants will fund 39 housing projects that will generate 1,545 units of affordable housing in New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania. In January 2009, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York awarded grants totaling $19.1 million to fund 51 housing projects that will generate 2,213 units of affordable housing and an anticipated $409.8 million in development costs. For more information on these grants, please visit www.fhlbny.com/news/pressrelease.htm.

The Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program, created in 1989, provides member community lenders with direct subsidies, which are passed on to qualified households through a sponsoring local non-profit organization. AHP financing is combined with other funding sources to create housing for moderate-, low- and very-low-income families. Program awardees receive this funding through semi-annual competitive rounds. Each competing project must be sponsored by a financial organization that is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank in partnership with a community-based sponsoring organization.

Federal Home Loan Bank of New York
The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York is a Congressionally chartered, $130 billion, wholesale Bank.  It is part of the Federal Home Loan Bank System, a national wholesale banking network of 12 regional, stockholder-owned banks.  The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York serves 307 community lenders in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The mission of the Home Loan Bank is to advance housing opportunity and local community development by maximizing the capacity of community-based member-lenders to serve their markets.

Five Star Bank
With $2.0 billion in assets, Five Star Bank provides a wide range of consumer and commercial banking services to individuals, municipalities and businesses through a network of over 50 offices and more than 70 ATMs in Western and Central New York State, and employs over 650 people. Five Star Bank along with Five Star Investment Services, both affiliates of Financial Institutions, Inc. (FII), also provides diversified financial services to its customers and clients, including brokerage and insurance. More information on Five Star Bank is available through the company web site at www.five-starbank.com.

Federal Home Loan Bank of New York
The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York is a Congressionally chartered, wholesale Bank. It is part of the Federal Home Loan Bank System, a national wholesale banking network of 12 regional, stockholder-owned banks. The FHLB of New York currently serves more than 340 financial institutions in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The mission of the Federal Home Loan Banks is to support the efforts of local members to help provide financing for America’s homebuyers.

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