May 21, 2021
Rising Insurance Premiums Join Water & Sewer Costs as Threat to Affordable Housing
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.
May 17, 2021
A Year into the Pandemic: Trends in NYC Housing Finance
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.
May 12, 2021
A Year into the Pandemic: Affordable Housing Faces Challenges, Old and New
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
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.
March 24, 2021
Updated for 2021: UNHP COVID-19 Guide on Health, Housing, Finances, and Food
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
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!
February 4, 2021
UNHP Rises to the Challenge of a Tough Year For the Bronx Amid Covid-19
In the midst of tough times due to the health and economic impacts of Covid-19, there is still much to be grateful for in the Bronx and at University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP). Almost a year into our transition to remote work and UNHP has managed to find a way to make significant strides towards our mission.
January 11, 2021
Information for Bronx Tenants on Covid-19 Eviction Prevention
You may have heard about an Eviction Moratorium during Covid-19, that prevents tenants from being evicted during the Covid-19 crisis. It is true that there are many protections for tenants in place, but tenants must act to be protected. A moratorium places eviction on pause but does not cancel owed rent- so eviction proceedings can begin on renters who owe back rent when the moratorium is lifted.
January 4, 2021
Eviction Protections in a Pandemic
Job losses and reduced incomes amid the Covid-19 crisis have placed many US families at risk of eviction when safe housing is more important than ever. In this blog post, UNHP looks at the various national and state eviction protections as well as data from the Office of Court Administration better understand what is going on with Housing Court and evictions in the Bronx and NYC.
October 21, 2020
Summary of UNHP 2020 Affordable Housing Webinar & Replay
The UNHP 2020 Affordable Housing Webinar & Fundraiser was held on Tuesday, September 22nd, and attended by over 100 viewers. A summary and a replay link can be found in this blog post. The webinar explored issues raised during this COVID-19 crisis - specifically the effect it has had on the NYC housing market - and what we think needs to happen as we move forward to ensure an equitable recovery.