At the Bank
FHLBNY Awards 2016 AHP Grants
Throughout 2016, we have focused on being a reliable partner for our members in order to help you support the communities we all serve. And so it is fitting that, as we begin the final month of 2016, we announce this year’s round of Affordable Housing Program grants. This year, we are proud to award $32.6 million in grants to 39 affordable housing initiatives across our District and beyond. This grant funding will help create or rehabilitate 3,128 units of affordable housing – more than 3,000 of which are units of affordable rental housing, and more than 2,100 of which are units dedicated to very low-income households. The benefit to the community does not end there – we anticipate that these initiatives will generate more than $650 million in development expenditures, driving growth throughout the communities in which these homes are built.
The grants we announce this year are part of a commitment to affordable housing that spans more than 25 years. Since the Affordable Housing Program was created by Congress in 1989, we have used it to support 1,485 projects with more than $545 million in grants, helping to create or preserve more than 67,000 units of affordable housing and generating an estimated $10 billion in total development costs.
The AHP is certainly central to our mission, but it also reflects our overall performance. After all, the grants are funded with 10 percent of our annual income. The better we are able to meet our members’ needs during the year, the better we perform and the more funding we are able to provide to the AHP. This is why we believe that the importance of the AHP is not limited to the number of grants or amount of dollars awarded in a given year; it instead reflects the long-term commitment of our entire cooperative of 325 members to serving their communities.
FHLBNY Announces Third Quarter Dividend
Our quarterly dividend is another reflection of our performance. Our strong performance in 2016 continued in the third quarter, and, on November 17, your Board of Directors approved a 5.00 percent (annualized) dividend for the quarter. On November 18, we distributed approximately $72 million to our members, an attractive return on the investment you have made in our cooperative.
As we close out 2016 and begin to focus on the New Year, I hope you will continue to invest in our franchise. Whether through utilizing the AHP and our other Community Investment Programs, or through taking advantage of the daily availability of our advances, your partnership with the Home Loan Bank strengthens the communities in which we live and work.
My colleagues and I wish you all the best this holiday season, and look forward to working with you to help ensure a strong close to 2016 and a successful 2017.
José R. González
President and CEO
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