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CITY SEEKS PROPOSALS FROM COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS
FOR PARTNERS IN PRESERVATION PILOT

Through the Partners in Preservation pilot program, selected organizations will receive funding and
collaborate with government partners, tenants, and local stakeholders to protect renters from
harassment and displacement in three pilot areas

NEW YORK, NY – New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) announce the release of a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking submissions from community-based organizations to develop and coordinate anti-displacement strategies with local stakeholders, tenants, and government partners. First proposed as part of Housing New York 2.0, the Partners in Preservation pilot will make available a total of $1.47 million to be awarded to community-based organizations, divided equally among three pilot areas in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan.

“At the heart of this latest preservation initiative is a strategic approach to partnership that is so critical to all our efforts under the revamped Housing New York 2.0 plan,” said HDC President Eric Enderlin.  “I look forward to collaborating with HPD and Enterprise on the implementation of Partners in Preservation, a program that puts community-based organizations at the forefront of designing multi-faceted, coordinated solutions to help residents in communities most at risk of losing affordable housing.”

“Through the Mayor’s housing plan, we aren’t just financing historic numbers of affordable homes, we are also creating new tools to ensure that the people who have stuck it out in their neighborhoods are able to stay in their communities,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “First proposed in Housing New York 2.0, Partners in Preservation will harness the expertise and local knowledge of community-based organizations to develop comprehensive strategies to protect residents from displacement and harassment and keep hard-working families in their homes and neighborhoods. I want to thank HDC and Enterprise for partnering with us to protect residents and the affordability of our neighborhoods for generations to come.”

“Partners in Preservation is a neighborhood-based effort to support low- and moderate-income New Yorkers in recently rezoned areas who face the threat of displacement due to rising rents,” said Judi Kende, vice president and New York market leader, Enterprise Community Partners. “Enterprise is proud to partner with HDC and HPD on this innovative program, which will engage community-based organizations to prevent the loss of rent-regulated apartments and proactively protect tenants from harassment and displacement.” 

Respondents to this RFP may apply to implement the Partners in Preservation program in one, two, or all three pilot areas: Jerome Avenue (Bronx Community Districts 4 & 5), East Harlem (Manhattan Community District 11), and Inwood, Washington Heights, and Marble Hill (Manhattan Community District 12 and a portion of Bronx Community District 8). Community-based organizations selected through the RFP process will receive $490,000 per pilot area and contract directly with HDC and/or Enterprise.

Financing received must go towards the implementation of proposed initiatives which must include three core components:

  • Action plans for rent-regulated buildings with tenants at risk of being harassed and displaced by their landlords;
  • Tenant protection and education efforts to serve residents throughout the pilot areas; and
  • A strategy for close coordination among local stakeholders and the City to further the goals of the Partners in Preservation program.

 

Dedicated HPD staff will collaborate with the designated organizations to manage the proposed strategies through the pilot program for a period of 18 months.

Deadline for submission to the RFP is 4:00 pm on December 16, 2018. For more information and to obtain a copy of the RFP, please view the HDC RFP webpage.

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The New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) is the nation’s largest municipal Housing Finance Agency and is charged with helping to finance the creation or preservation of affordable housing under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York plan. Since 2003, HDC has financed more than 150,000 housing units using over $21.2 billion in bonds and other debt obligations, and provided in excess of $1.9 billion in subsidy from corporate reserves. HDC ranks among the nation’s top issuers of mortgage revenue bonds for affordable multi-family housing on Thomson Reuter’s annual list of multi-family bond issuers. In each of the last five consecutive years, HDC’s annual bond issuance has surpassed $1 billion. For additional information, visit: http://www.nychdc.com

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York Plan which was recently expanded and accelerated through Housing New York 2.0 to complete the initial goal of 200,000 homes two years ahead of schedule—by 2022, and achieve an additional 100,000 homes over the following four years, for a total of 300,000 homes by 2026.  For full details visit www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NYCHousing.

Enterprise works with partners nationwide to build opportunity. We create and advocate for affordable homes in thriving communities linked to good schools, jobs, transit and health care. We lend funds, finance development and manage and build affordable housing, while shaping new strategies, solutions and policy. Over more than 30 years, Enterprise has created nearly 358,000 homes, invested $23.4 billion and touched millions of lives. Join us at www.EnterpriseCommunity.org.