Affordable Housing Program Awardees
January 26, 2011
Contact: Eric Amig - (212) 441-6807
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FHLBNY Awards $920,000 Affordable Housing Grant in New York City
Westwind Houses will provide 46 homes for low- and very low-income households
New York, New York — The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York announced today the award of a $920,000 grant to the Addicts’ Rehabilitation Center Foundation to help finance the construction costs of the Westwind Houses, which will provide 46 units of housing for low- and very low-income households. Carver Federal Savings Bank, a Home Loan Bank member, submitted the application for the funding.
“I want to congratulate the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and Carver Federal Savings in stepping up and helping to create affordable housing for those in the community who need it most,” said Congressman Charles B. Rangel (NY, 15). “By utilizing both public tax credits and private investment dollars, these two organizations are creating the kind of vital partnerships our city and nation need to build a stronger future for all.”
“Carver continues to be a committed partner with the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and Addicts’ Rehabilitation Center Foundation in providing affordable housing opportunities for our community residents who are most in need,” said Blondel A. Pinnock, President of Carver Community Development Corporation. “We believe that the Westwind Houses project in Harlem will not only create 46 affordable homes for very low income residents, but that it will also provide them with a continuum of care and services that individuals dealing with homelessness and disabilities deserve.”
“Our success directly affects our ability to provide this funding – the better we perform, the more of an impact we are able to make on affordable housing initiatives across the region,” said Alfred A. DelliBovi, president and CEO of the FHLBNY. “I am proud to announce that, as a result of our continued strong performance, we awarded a record amount of Affordable Housing Program funds in 2010. Creating affordable housing is the work of many hands, and for more than 20 years the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York has been honored by the opportunity to support the creation of safe, decent and affordable housing across our region and across the country. We thank all of our partners – the local lenders, the housing groups and our elected leaders in Congress – for their continued support of the communities they serve, and of the Affordable Housing Program.”
The $920,000 grant will be used towards the construction of 46 units of rental housing on vacant land. Ten units will be set aside for chronically homeless adults with psychiatric disabilities who will be referred to the project by the New York City Department of Homeless Services. A range of on-site supportive services that promote empowerment of residents will be provided by the sponsor, including on-site case management, welfare to work services, financial education services, and job training. Additional financing will be provided by Low Income Housing Tax Credits, conventional private financing, and the New York State Housing Trust Fund.
The grant is part of a record $32.6 million in Affordable Housing Program subsidies that the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York will award in conjunction with the approval of the second competitive application round of 2010. In total, these grants will help to finance 62 housing projects which will generate 2,813 units of affordable housing, including more than 2,100 units of very low-income housing, in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Last year, the Federal Home Loan Bank System celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its Affordable Housing Program. In June 2010, the Affordable Housing Program was recognized by the National Housing Conference as its “Housing Person of the Year”, and, in December 2010, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York was recognized at the New York Housing Conference and National Housing Conference’s Annual Awards Luncheon for its continuing contributions to affordable housing. The Federal Home Loan Banks have distributed nearly $4 billion in AHP funds since 1990. For more information on today’s grants, please click here.
The Federal Home Loan Bank System’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, 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 over 330 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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