Affordable Housing Program Awardees

January 20, 2010

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Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Awards $515,000 Affordable Housing Grant in Ithaca

McGraw House renovation will preserve 103 units of affordable senior housing.

Ithaca, New York — The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York announced today the award of a $515,000 affordable housing grant to the McGraw Housing Company, Inc. to help finance the rehabilitation costs of the McGraw House renovation, which will preserve 103 units of affordable senior housing in Ithaca. Tompkins Trust Company, a Home Loan Bank member, submitted the application for the funding.

“This Affordable Housing Program grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and Tompkins Trust Company will help support renovations that, once completed, will preserve much-needed quality, affordable housing for Ithaca’s seniors,” said Representative Maurice Hinchey (NY, 22). “Developing and sustaining quality affordable housing is critical to the well-being of our communities and this funding helps us achieve that goal for 103 different households in Ithaca.  The funding will also support local constructions jobs in the county.”

In 2009, the Federal Home Loan Banks marked the 20th anniversary of the 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, the AHP has supported nearly 1,200 projects with grants totaling more than $330 million, creating more than 48,000 units of affordable housing and generating nearly $6 billion in total development costs.

“Tompkins Trust Company is focused on meeting the needs of the communities we serve,” said Sherri Catalano, Vice President and CRA Officer of Tompkins Trust Company. “Through our partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, we are able to help support McGraw Housing Company’s efforts to preserve this important housing.”

“For the past two decades, the Affordable Housing Program has been one of the nation’s most successful housing initiatives because of the partnership between the Home Loan Bank, our members, community organizations and elected officials,” said Alfred A. DelliBovi, president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. “As we celebrate the start of a new decade, we look forward to continuing this partnership and helping to build stronger communities across the Empire State for years to come.”

The $515,000 grant will be used towards the rehabilitation costs of the McGraw House, a 103-unit senior citizens’ housing complex which was built in 1971 and has not been substantially renovated since that time. The building is located in downtown Ithaca, which has a competitive rental market and student housing market due to its proximity to Cornell University and Ithaca College. This renovation will preserve quality affordable housing for senior citizens in Ithaca.

Additional financing will be provided by the New York State Housing Finance Agency and the Division of Housing and Community Renewal.

This grant is part of a total of $16 million in AHP subsidies that the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York has awarded in conjunction with the approval of the second competitive application round of 2009. The grants announced today will help to finance the creation of 37 housing projects that will generate 1,901 units of affordable housing in New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. In August 2009, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York awarded grants for the first application round of 2009 totaling $16 million to fund 39 housing projects that will generate 1,545 units of affordable housing. For more information on these grants, please click here.

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, $110 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 330 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.

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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