Affordable Housing Program Awardees

October 16, 2012

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

FHLBNY Awards a $500,000 Affordable Housing Grant in Whitney Point

The Moss Creek Apartments will create 40 affordable homes for very low-income families

Whitney Point, New York – The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York announced today the award of a $500,000 grant to the First Ward Action Council to help finance the construction of the Moss Creek Apartments, which will provide 40 housing units which will be available to very low-income families. M&T Bank, a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, submitted the application for the funding.

“As a community bank, we can help promote neighborhood development by finding additional ways to finance the construction and rehabilitation of safe and affordable housing. By partnering with the Federal Home Loan Bank, M&T Bank was able to bring additional financing to the First Ward Action Council to help develop the Moss Creek Apartments in Whitney Point,” said Peter Newman, regional president for M&T Bank in the Southern Region of New York.

“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.”

Moss Creek Apartments is a new construction project that will create 40 housing units which will be affordable for very low-income families. The project is located in an area that has been underserved by the affordable housing industry despite an increasing number of households that would benefit from affordable development. The village itself has never had an affordable family project, and there has not been an affordable family project developed in the market area in over 20 years. The Affordable Housing Program funds will be used towards the construction costs. The balance of financing is provided by the sale of Low Income Housing Credits, the New York State Housing Trust Fund, deferred developer fees, and a traditional construction loan.

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.

M&T Bank
M&T is a financial holding company headquartered in Buffalo, New York. M&T’s principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank, operates banking offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Trust-related services are provided by M&T’s Wilmington Trust-affiliated companies and by M&T Bank.

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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