Affordable Housing Program Awardees

October 16, 2012

Contact: Eric Amig - (212) 441-6807
Brian Finnegan - (212) 441-6877

FHLBNY Awards a $120,000 Affordable Housing Grant in Morristown

Homeless Solutions, Inc. will create six units of affordable housing

Morristown, New Jersey – The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York announced today the award of a $120,000 grant to Homeless Solutions, Inc. to help finance the 81 MLK Avenue project, which will build six units of affordable housing for very low-income households, the previously homeless and/or victims of domestic abuse. Somerset Hills Bank, a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, submitted the application for the funding.

“Somerset Hills Bank is excited to participate with Homeless Solutions, Inc. and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York in the development of much-needed affordable housing in our area,” said Stewart E. McClure, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Somerset Hills Bank. “As a local community bank, we are committed to actively seeking opportunities to promote projects that benefit our neighbors in need of assistance, while contributing to the health of the local economy.”

“Housing is a cornerstone of our economy, a key driver of economic development and job growth, and the foundation of strong families and vibrant communities,” said Alfred DelliBovi, president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. “The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York is proud to support affordable housing initiatives across our region and beyond. We thank all of our partners – the local lenders, the housing groups and our elected officials – for their continued support of the Affordable Housing Program. When we strive to ensure that all have access to affordable housing, we strengthen the fabric of our society.”

The $120,000 grant will help to construct six units of affordable housing for very low-income households, some of whom were formerly homeless and/or victims of domestic abuse. Homeless Solutions, Inc.’s Life Skills Curriculum will be available to residents. This model has been highly successful for the organization with its other projects, resulting in a stable tenancy and better maintained properties and giving tenants more tools and options for increasing their confidence and self-sufficiency. The project is less than a quarter-mile from a commercial corridor where employment, retail stores and bus transportation are available. Additional financing will be provided by the Morris County HOME program, the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency’s Special Needs, Somerset Hills Bank, and Homeless Solutions, Inc.

The grant is part of $26.4 million in Affordable Housing Program subsidies that the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York will award as its 2012 AHP grant round. In total, these grants will help to finance 37 affordable housing initiatives which will create or preserve 2,679 units of affordable housing, including more than 2,000 units of very low-income housing, in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The Federal Home Loan Banks have distributed more than $4.6 billion in AHP funds since 1990. At the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, the AHP has supported 1,355 projects with nearly $450 million in grants, helping to create or preserve nearly 58,000 units of affordable housing and generating an estimated $8.1 billion in total development costs. 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.

Somerset Hills Bank
Somerset Hills Bancorp is a bank holding company for Somerset Hills Bank, a full service commercial bank with offices in Bernardsville, Long Valley, Madison, Mendham, Morristown, and Summit, New Jersey. Somerset Hills Bank focuses its lending activities on small to medium sized businesses, high net worth individuals, professional practices, and consumer and retail customers. The Bank operates a licensed mortgage company subsidiary, Sullivan Financial Services, Inc. and also operates Somerset Hills Wealth Management Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary licensed to provide financial services, including financial planning, insurance (life and health), mutual funds and annuities for individuals and commercial accounts, and Somerset Hills Title Group, LLC, which, with its partner, Property Title Group, provides title services in connection with the closing of real estate transactions. The common stock of the company is traded on NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol SOMH. You can visit the Bank’s website at www.somersethillsbank.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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