Affordable Housing Program Awardees

October 16, 2012

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

FHLBNY Awards $1.88 Million in Affordable Housing Grants in New York City

Two projects will preserve 110 affordable homes

New York, New York – The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York announced today the award of a $1.2 million grant to The Bowery Mission to help finance the rehabilitation of 60 units of affordable housing for homeless individuals in Manhattan; and a $680,761 grant to St. Nick’s Alliance to help fund the Neighborhood Women Housing Development Fund Corporation project, which will preserve 50 affordable homes for very low-income households in Brooklyn. Home Loan Bank members Citibank, N.A. and Signature Bank (NASDAQ:SBNY) submitted the applications for the funding.

“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.”

“Now, more than ever, there is a heightened, critical need for affordable, sound housing options in New York City as well as statewide. The FHLBNY’s Affordable Housing program provides valuable resources that allow for the development of quality affordable projects. Signature Bank is proud to be a partner in this important program, and honored to provide this financial assistance to the St. Nick’s Alliance, an organization which has shown, time and again, its commitment to strengthen and preserve Brooklyn’s communities while providing affordable housing for low-to-moderate income residents,” said Joseph J. DePaolo, president and chief executive at Signature Bank.

The Bowery Mission project involves the rehabilitation of 60 units of housing for homeless individuals. In order to preserve the housing, the building will undergo significant structural repair, installation of high efficiency HVAC systems and renovation of the living areas. Preservation of this project will allow The Bowery Mission to continue to provide housing, on-site case management and supportive services to enable the residents to become independent. The units are reserved for very low-income and low-income individuals. The Affordable Housing Program subsidy will be used to partially finance construction costs. Additional funding will be provided by sponsor equity. Citibank, N.A. submitted the application for this project.

The Neighborhood Women Housing Development Fund Corporation project involves the renovation and preservation of 50 affordable housing units for very low-income families. The project’s rehabilitation work focuses on energy efficient upgrades to the windows, boilers, roofs and plumbing systems. Residents will be provided with on-site workshops on a variety of topics including counseling services, training on energy efficiency measures, financial literacy and direct referrals to more intensive social services. The Affordable Housing Program subsidy will be used to partially finance construction costs. Additional funding will be provided by the New York City Housing Development Corporation, the New York City Housing and Preservation Development, deferred developer fees and existing project reserves. Signature Bank submitted the application for this project.

The grants are 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.

About Signature Bank
Signature Bank, member FDIC, is a New York-based full-service commercial bank with 25 private client offices throughout the New York metropolitan area. The Bank’s growing network of private client banking teams serves the needs of privately owned businesses, their owners and senior managers. Signature Bank offers a wide variety of business and personal banking products and services. The Bank operates Signature Financial, LLC, a specialty finance subsidiary focused on equipment finance and leasing, transportation financing and taxi medallion financing. Investment, brokerage, asset management and insurance products and services are offered through the Bank’s subsidiary, Signature Securities Group Corporation, a licensed broker-dealer, investment adviser and member FINRA/SIPC.

Since commencing operations in May 2001, the Bank has grown to $15.9 billion in assets, $13 billion in deposits, $1.5 billion in equity capital and $1.70 billion in other assets under management as of June 30, 2012. Signature Bank's Tier 1 and risk-based capital ratios are significantly above the levels required to be considered well capitalized.

Signature Bank's 25 offices are located: In Manhattan (9) - 261 Madison Avenue; 300 Park Avenue; 71 Broadway; 565 Fifth Avenue; 950 Third Avenue; 200 Park Avenue South; 1020 Madison Avenue; 50 West 57th Street and 2 Penn Plaza. Brooklyn (3) - 26 Court Street; 84 Broadway and 6321 New Utrecht Avenue. Westchester (2) - 1C Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle and 360 Hamilton Avenue, White Plains. Long Island (6) - 1225 Franklin Avenue, Garden City; 279 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre; 68 South Service Road, Melville; 923 Broadway, Woodmere; 40 Cuttermill Road, Great Neck and 100 Jericho Quadrangle, Jericho. Queens (3) - 36-36 33rd Street, Long Island City; 78-27 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights and 8936 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica. Bronx (1) - 421 Hunts Point Avenue, Bronx. Staten Island (1) - 2066 Hylan Blvd.

For more information, please visit www.signatureny.com.

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