June 29, 2021

Analyzing Affordability in the NYC Housing Lottery: An Overview of Housing Connect

by UNHP
As an HPD Housing Ambassador since 2017, UNHP assists Bronx residents to apply for the NYC Affordable Housing Lottery, known as Housing Connect. In this first post of a 2 part series about Housing New York, UNHP provides an overview of what is being built, and how that matches with the needs of Bronx residents.

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June 21, 2021

This is What We Do: Housing Connect Assistance for Bronx Residents #ViewsNWBX

by UNHP
This is What We Do is a series of events that illustrate how UNHP works towards its affordable housing and community service mission. UNHP provides valuable community services like assistance with the NYC affordable housing lottery, known as Housing Connect, to Bronx apartment seekers. UNHP also shares our experience and the experience of community members. UNHP has written a two-part blog post about those experiences and our suggestions on ways to make new affordable housing better meet the needs of community residents.

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June 11, 2021

A Year into the Pandemic: Taking Stock in the Bronx

by UNHP
It has been a year since the pandemic hit the Bronx hard and early with consequences for families and individuals in all the parts of their lives. Third, in our A Year Into Covid series, this blog post takes stock of where Bronx residents stand now in terms of health, jobs, and housing.
May 27, 2021

This is What We Do: Research & Action-Seminar on Rising Water Rates & The Threat to Affordable Housing

by UNHP
On Thursday, May 27th UNHP hosted a Water and Sewer Seminar looking at the ongoing rise of rates and their impact on affordable housing. UNHP, a longtime advocate for water and sewer rate reform shared a brief history of the changes that brought about the never-ending increases and a call for involvement about proposed rate increases, a new metered billing rate, and a study of the rate structure.
May 21, 2021

Rising Insurance Premiums Join Water & Sewer Costs as Threat to Affordable Housing

by UNHP
UNHP has worked for over 30 years to highlight rising water and sewer rates as a threat to housing affordability. The DEP Multifamily Water Assistance Program with its credit for affordable housing has ameliorated some, but not all of that threat. Now we are calling attention to rising insurance premiums and calling for action.

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May 17, 2021

A Year into the Pandemic: Trends in NYC Housing Finance

by UNHP
COVID has been with us for more than a year, and so has the search for signs of distress in multifamily rental housing in New York City. Despite that, there are still more questions than answers about how rent arrears & future rent relief, the pandemic-induced economic recession, and other shifts will affect multifamily housing, especially in neighborhoods that are home to low-income families and individuals of color.

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May 12, 2021

A Year into the Pandemic: Affordable Housing Faces Challenges, Old and New

by UNHP
As we all continue to deal with the fallout from the pandemic, UNHP has been monitoring the effects on the multifamily housing world. In April of last year, we published a few posts hypothesizing about what we thought might happen in the multifamily affordable housing sphere. Now, we are taking stock of how our portfolio has been affected - what has helped us weather unexpected financial challenges and what is concerning us as we move forward.
May 11, 2021

A Year Into Covid: Views from the Northwest Bronx - a 3 Part Series

by UNHP
Last year, UNHP posted three blogs about the impact of Covid on community-based affordable housing, multifamily finance, and on Bronx residents. A year later, UNHP has created a follow-up blog series named A Year Into Covid, which covers what we know from our experience as a community-based affordable housing developer, a Bronx-focused researcher, and a direct service provider offering free housing and financial services to Bronx families and individuals.

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March 24, 2021

Updated for 2021: UNHP COVID-19 Guide on Health, Housing, Finances, and Food

by UNHP
The UNHP Northwest Bronx Resource Center (NWBRC) is committed to bringing needed resources to our Bronx community. That commitment is renewed as we face this ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We know people need information about health, food, financial, and housing resources at this time.
March 18, 2021

American Rescue Plan Offers Immediate Good News for Many Bronx Families and Individuals

by UNHP
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the third and largest COVID-19 relief package since the pandemic, known as American Rescue Plan into effect. While further guidance is needed - there are immediate benefits for many Bronx residents and families!

“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