Showing entries tagged with: Water

July 20, 2016

Multi-Family Water Assistance Program On Hold

by UNHP
On June 22, 2016, the Manhattan Supreme Court invalidated the Water Board’s resolution approving a new rate schedule set to go into place July 1, 2016. Water and sewer rates will remain the same pending the outcome of the appeal. Unfortunately, the Multi-family Water Assistance Program, and its $250 per unit credit, will not be offered until the Court action is resolved.
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.
June 29, 2015

Cost of Water Forum Encourages Discussion about Equitable Water Rates, Conservation & UNHP Rate Cap

by UNHP
Held at Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus, UNHP's Cost of Water Forum was attended by 80 people interested in learning about and discussing equitable water rates, conservation strategies and UNHP's proposal to cap water rates for affordable housing.
May 13, 2015

Bronx Groups Testify at Water Board Hearing & UNHP’s Housing Cap Proposal Receives Support

by UNHP
On April 29th, a group of UNHP staff, affordable housing managers and building owners testified in front of the Water Board at their Bronx hearing held at Hostos Community College. UNHP shared its newly issued “Affordable Water for Affordable Housing: A Proposal for An Affordable Housing Cap for Water and Sewer Rates" report with 5 members present at the Bronx Water Board hearing.
April 29, 2015

UNHP Proposes Affordable Housing Cap on Water Rates

by UNHP
Coinciding with the NYC 2015-16 Water Board Hearings, UNHP released Affordable Water for Affordable Housing: A Proposal for An Affordable Housing Cap for Water and Sewer Rates today. UNHP, a longtime advocate for water and sewer rate reform, is proposing a water and sewer rate cap for affordable housing.
April 14, 2015

Public Hearings on the 2015-16 Water and Sewer Rate Increase

by UNHP
​There will be public hearings in each of the boroughs during the last week of April about the latest water and sewer rate increase proposal. Mayor de Blasio's administration is proposing a 3.24% increase to take effect on July 1, 2015. UNHP will be testifying against the rate increase at the Bronx Hearings. While UNHP acknowledges the increase is the lowest in 10 years, UNHP is calling for a freeze this year and a re-evaluation of how water rates are set for affordable housing next year.
December 29, 2014

​Water and Sewer Costs – an obstacle to affordability.

by UNHP
UNHP is currently working on a study of water and sewer costs in Bronx multifamily buildings and plans to use the information to jump start a conversation about rates and affordable housing in the New Year.
May 23, 2014

Water Board today Approved a 3.35% Water and Sewer Rate Increase

by UNHP
As expected, the New York City Water Board approved a 3.35% water and sewer rate increase to take effect on July 1, 2014. The Board was approved unanimously.
May 19, 2014

FINAL REMINDER: Last Chance to Comment on Water Rates

by UNHP
From UNHP Executive Director, Jim Buckley: I went in person to deliver UNHP's testimony last week. While acknowledging that 3.35% was the lowest proposed increase in the past 9 years, we reminded them that rates have doubled in the past nine years; we also reminded them that $666, DEP's average per apartment charge for metered water use in apartment buildings, is well below the number we are seeing in our multi-family buildings in the Bronx. The water use in 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom units in our affordable housing projects regularly exceeds their average, with many of our buildings using the Multi-family Conservation Program (MCP), which will provide a cap of $976 per apartment per year.

“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