November 8, 2012
Contact: Eric Amig - (212) 441-6807
Brian Finnegan - (212) 441-6877
$1 Billion in Disaster Relief Funding Available
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Responds to Hurricane Sandy
New York, New York – In response to the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (“FHLBNY”) is making $1 billion in disaster relief funding available to nearly 340 community-based lenders to help rebuild communities in New Jersey and New York designated by FEMA as disaster areas. The funds are being made available by the FHLBNY through its Community Lending Programs (“CLP”) to be used as immediate gap financing.
“Hurricane Sandy brought unprecedented destruction to cities and towns across New Jersey and New York,” said Alfred A. DelliBovi, president and CEO of the FHLBNY. “We now begin the long process of recovering and rebuilding. The $1 billion in funding we are making available will help our members – the local lenders serving these communities – make a long-term, positive impact on recovery, relief and rebuilding efforts.”
The $1 billion CLP commitment can be used for any residential lending activity for households whose incomes are at or below 115 percent of the area median income, as well as all small business and economic development lending in FEMA-designated disaster areas, and bridge financing. These low-cost loans can be used by the FHLBNY’s member-lenders to support critical disaster relief financial activities, and meet the short-, medium-, and long-term funding needs of affected communities in New Jersey and New York.
Last year, the FHLBNY announced a $500 million CLP commitment in response to the massive scope of damage created by Hurricane Irene. Home Loan Bank members tapped this funding to make small business loans in the wake of that storm.
For more information on the disaster relief funding, and for a list of counties designated by FEMA as disaster areas, please click here.
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 11 regional, stockholder-owned banks. The FHLB of New York currently serves 329 financial institutions in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Federal Home Loan Banks support the efforts of local members to help provide financing for America’s homebuyers.
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