May 23, 2016

Water Board Approves $10M Towards Credit for Affordable Housing

by UNHP
On Friday, May 20th, 2016, the New York City Water Board approved the lowest rate increase in 16 years, but the big news for affordable housing is that they also created a credit of $250 per apartment for affordable multifamily housing. The New Multi-Family Water Assistance Program will provide a total of $10 million of assistance to properties serving as many as 40,000 units.
May 3, 2016

DEP Proposes a Preferential Rate for Affordable Housing

by UNHP
On April 8th, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposed a 2.1% increase to the NYC Water Board as well as a new program with a preferential rate for affordable housing projects. UNHP, a long-time advocate for water and sewer rate reform, called for an Affordable Housing Cap Rate last year at the Water Board public hearings and is pleased the DEP has proposed a special program and looks forward to the program rolling out in July.
April 20, 2016

Meet 3 of the 1422

by UNHP
UNHP assisted 1,422 households file their taxes for free this year. 2016 was our 9th tax season and one of the great privileges of offering this service has been able to work with people over the years. Meet three of our returning clients, Nicole, Elle and Patricia.
April 19, 2016

UNHP Homebuyer Expo Offers Certification, Workshops and Special Bank Products

by UNHP
Warm temperatures and sunshine encouraged thirty-four prospective first-time homebuyers to pursue their dream of homeownership by attending the UNHP Homebuyer Expo at Refuge House on Saturday, April 16.
April 5, 2016

New Volunteer Initiatives Bolster UNHP Free Tax Preparation Program

by UNHP
UNHP's Free Tax Preparation Program is in its 9th season and still growing and improving thanks to new partners, increased volunteer efforts and enhanced on-site services.
March 25, 2016

How Much is your Data Worth?

by UNHP
Data is currency; it has an economic worth that can be purchased, traded and leveraged. Individuals and entities have always leveraged information to create opportunity. OpenData seeks to equalize the balance of power by increasing accessibility to municipal data.
March 21, 2016

UNHP “Senior Days” Provide Tax Preparation and Homeowner Assistance

by UNHP
March Madness at UNHP means a busy schedule of free financial services for senior citizens, including four mobile free tax preparation days at low-income senior residences and a Homeowner Resource Fair with foreclosure prevention services for at-risk older homeowners in our community.
March 11, 2016

Community Groups “Excel” at Manipulating Housing Data

by UNHP
Fourteen individuals from eleven NYC community groups joined UNHP and Research Specialist, Joseph Contreras, in the Heiskell Enterprise Center for Technology at Refuge House on Friday, February 19th to brush up on Excel tips in order to better use the UNHP Building Indicator Project (BIP) data as part of their community-based housing, organizing and neighborhood work.
March 8, 2016

​Multifamily Lenders Gather to Review Distressed Properties and Rising Sales Prices

by UNHP
On February 23, lenders, non-profit, for-profit and HPD representatives squeezed into the conference room at the offices of Enterprise Community Partners to listen to UNHP's latest update on the Building Indicator Project (BIP) as well as income and pricing trends in the Bronx.
November 24, 2015

Low Incomes and Rising Rents Put Bronx Residents at Risk for Homelessness

by UNHP
For most Bronx residents, affordable housing means the housing that they live in now, but many Bronx residents are on the verge of becoming homeless; struggling to get by, facing high rent burdens and compensating through overcrowded living situations.

“UNHP has emerged as a thought leader on multi-family housing distress-a key issue facing all boroughs of New York City.”

— Rafael E. Cestero - President Community Preservation Corporation and former NYC Housing Commissioner