May Recap 2018
Andrew M. Cuomo , Governor I RuthAnne Visnauskas , Commissioner and CEO  
Governor Cuomo Announces New York State to Join Lawsuit Against Federal Government for Failing to Enforce the Fair Housing Act  
The lawsuit aims to force the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to enforce a rule requiring local and state governments to address segregated housing patterns as a condition of receiving federal housing funding.

New York is the first state in the nation to move to join in the national lawsuit filed by a group of fair housing advocates seeking to reverse HUD's suspension of the implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule. Read the Full Announcement Here.
Governor Cuomo Announces More than $200 million to Create 2,800 Affordable Homes and Strengthen Regions Across the State  
New York State Homes & Community Renewal's 2017 Unified Funding Application awarded loans and tax credits to finance construction or preservation of more than 2,800 affordable apartments, revitalize communities, and generate $1.1 billion in economic activity.

The new and renovated housing will spur community revitalization and generate $1.1 billion in economic activity. The Unified Funding Application is a streamlined process through which to apply for Low Income Housing Tax Credits and low-interest loans for affordable, multifamily developments. Projects are funded in every region of the state. Read the Full Announcement Here.
Southern Tier Soaring
Governor Cuomo announced the groundbreaking of Libertad Elmira , a $20 million development that will create 90 affordable homes in downtown Elmira, including 20 supportive homes for homeless veterans. 

Libertad Elmira will transform the 88,000-square-foot John W. Jones Court building into a mixed-use facility with community space that will house Head Start programming and a neighborhood market.

"This investment will further our revitalization of Elmira's downtown while supporting our veterans and helping to ensure more New Yorkers have a safe, decent and affordable place to call home," Governor Cuomo said . "As we transform cities across this region into thriving hubs filled with jobs, quality education and vibrant culture, the Southern Tier will continue to soar." Read the Full Announcement Here.
Finger Lakes Forward
The grand opening of Landmark at Sibley Square took place, a $28 million investment to renovate part of the historic Sibley department store into 72 affordable housing units for people 55 and over in downtown Rochester. 

The new apartments are part of the overall transformation of the Sibley building, which, when complete will have more than a total of 100 mixed-income apartments for households at various income levels, as well as commercial space.

Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, "Governor Cuomo understands that by preserving and reusing our historic treasures, we can turn our cities, towns and neighborhoods into thriving, vibrant communities. Landmark at Sibley Square provides 72 quality, affordable apartments and builds on our efforts to turn around downtowns and help ensure all New Yorkers have the opportunity to join the Finger Lakes Region as it moves forward."   Read the Full Announcement Here.
HCR announced construction is underway at Beaver Creek Apartments , a $22 million affordable housing development in the Town of Farmington in Ontario County. 

Beaver Creek Apartments will consist of 13 residential buildings with a total of 104 affordable homes.

Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, "This development will create the safe, affordable homes that will help guarantee as the Finger Lakes Region keeps moving forward, all New Yorkers are moving forward with it.” Read the Full Announcement Here.
HCR announced that construction is underway on Stadium Estates Phase II , a $12 million development that eliminates a vacant property to create 46 affordable homes and is central to the City of Rochester's comprehensive plan to redevelop the JOSANA neighborhood.

When complete, the Stadium Estates redevelopment will have 58 residential buildings with a total of 91 affordable homes and a community center for residents.

Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said , “Stadium Estates Phase II will continue to reinvigorate the JOSANA neighborhood in downtown Rochester by replacing vacant lots with quality affordable apartments in attractive buildings. This development complements Governor Cuomo’s efforts to create stronger neighborhoods and local economies that keep the Finger Lakes moving forward.” Read the Full Announcement Here.
Western NY
Governor Cuomo announced the grand opening of the 60-unit, $17.7 million Packet Boat Landing Apartments in Lockport. The affordable housing development features 60 new one-bedroom units, including 21 with supportive services.

Named after the historic Erie Canal "Packet Boats," this development helps combat homelessness by combining affordability with supportive services. 

Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, "Packet Boat Landing delivers the mix of affordability and supportive services that are essential in our fight against homelessness, and our ability to ensure that all New Yorkers can access the opportunity created by our growing economy. Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, we are creating and preserving integrated, safe and affordable homes in communities just like Lockport that help strengthen local economies." Read the Full Announcement Here.
Mohawk Valley
HCR announced the beginning of construction on Candlewood Court , a $10 million, two-phase development to create 40 affordable apartments that will serve as a gateway to Richmondville and help continue its recovery from Hurricane Irene’s flooding and the destruction it caused to the area’s housing stock. 

The Candlewood Court development will consist of two 20-unit buildings, each containing 12 one-bedroom, five two-bedroom and three three-bedroom units.

Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, “Candlewood Court will deliver affordable housing to a region in critical need while helping New York State’s communities build back stronger and smarter. We are lucky to live in a state where the Governor knows that safe, resilient, affordable housing is essential to guaranteeing the continued expansion of our economy.” Read the Full Announcement Here.
HCR and partners held a ribbon cutting for the $13.8 million West Street Apartments , an affordable and supportive housing complex in the city of Utica. The 42-unit development is dedicated to serving low-income working families, including 11 supportive units for persons recovering from mental illness, and six units for formerly homeless individuals and families. 

"This investment in the West Street Apartments continues our efforts to fight homelessness and increase access to quality housing for the most vulnerable New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "This development will offer critical services to Utica residents, while revitalizing the neighborhood and providing stability to those in need."
New York City
Webster Avenue Residence , an $61.2 million, eight-story building featuring 170 units of affordable and supportive housing in the Tremont section of the Bronx celebrated its grand opening. The project features 90 apartments of supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals with special needs and 80 units for low-income working adults from the Bronx community.

Commissioner Visnauskas said, "Webster Residence exemplifies Governor Cuomo's fight against homelessness by providing a stable environment to help residents live on their own while also reducing the associated costs of medical care. By bringing 170 new safe, affordable homes to an area with easy access to transit and jobs, we are building a stronger and more vibrant Bronx. " Read Full Announcement Here
HCR Commissioner Visnauskas celebrated the groundbreaking for Crotona Seniors Residences , the first LGBT-friendly, very-low income senior housing apartment building in The Bronx.The Crotona Senior Residences will have a mix of 84 studio and one-bedroom apartments for very-low income tenants aged 62 years and older. An on-site SAGE Center will provide health and cultural programs, meals, and a computer center. 

Commissioner Visnauskas said “All New Yorkers deserve a safe, affordable home with the support and companionship that a robust community offers. Crotona Senior Residences will offer all of that while expanding its neighborhood’s diversity and strengthening its economy. We are proud to be working with SAGE and HELP USA to serve the needs of the aging LGBT community – and all seniors – here in the Bronx.”
Spruce Up Corona/Queens
On May 21, the State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) and Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens hosted a neighborhood “Spruce Up” event in Corona, Queens. Despite the rainy weather, more than 100 participants showed up to beautify the Park of the Americas and deliver construction materials for future repairs to local homeowners in need. Volunteers, staff from NHS and SONYMA, and community leaders worked together to collect garbage, power wash homes and plant new gardens.
 
Sherri Eckles, Senior Vice President of Single Family Programs, NYS Homes and Community Renewal, said,  “SONYMA, and all of New York State Homes and Community Renewal, is committed to revitalizing New York State’s neighborhoods. Sometimes we do this by providing low-interest rate loans to first time homebuyers and the financing tools they need to fix up their new home, and sometimes we do it by getting in the dirt and beautifying neighborhoods house-by-house, and park-by-park. Thank you to NHS of Queens, our generous sponsors, and our numerous community partners and volunteers for making this day a success.”

Spruce Up neighborhood cleanup events are held in communities across New York State. The events bring together nonprofit organizations, local leaders, and volunteers to paint, repair, landscape and beautify neighborhoods at no cost to the residents. Visit sonyma.org for more information on SONYMA programs. 
SONYMA Presents at FDNY Metrotech Center in Brooklyn
SONYMA conducted two informational presentations on their innovative first-time homeownership loan programs at the FDNY Metrotech Center in Brooklyn.

FDNY attendees learned about SONYMA’s safe, secure low interest mortgages for homebuyers of low to moderate income, that can be combined with multiple features such as down payment assistance loans and renovation loans.
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