Showing entries tagged with: multifamily
April 16, 2020
Trends in Bronx Housing Finance through COVID-19
In this post, we will focus on financing trends among owners and investors in private, rent-stabilized housing in New York City. Below is an attempt to capture some of the changes in the housing finance landscape over the past number of months and particularly since the beginning of the current public health crisis. Without predicting the future, we hope to raise a number of questions as to where that market is headed and how tenants might be affected, with an emphasis on data and examples from the Bronx.
April 13, 2020
The Struggle to Preserve Affordable Housing through COVID-19
Among the many health and economic concerns facing New York City during the Covid-19 Pandemic is the ability of affordable housing projects to continue to provide the safe and quality housing that residents deserve. With massive unemployment requests and businesses closing indefinitely, rent collections are projected to drop significantly.
November 4, 2019
To Stop Displacement, Disclose the Data! by Guest Blogger Gregory Jost
The NWBCCC Reinvestment Project and UNHP are featured in this essay by Gregory Jost, a former UNHP staff member, and valued colleague. The essay was originally published by Urban Ominibus and developed out of Greg's research for a book on redlining in the Bronx. It demonstrates how data was an important organizing tool in the early days of the Community Reinvestment Act and remains important today as displacement and speculation threaten the Bronx and other low-income neighborhoods in NYC.
June 22, 2019
Trifecta has UNHP Buzzing!
UNHP is still buzzed from our Reclaiming Our Community Thru Affordable Housing, Art and Services Day on June 19th. The trifecta of events included a luncheon and information session for building operators, a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the mural created by The Royal KingBee and a well-attended Community Resource Fair.
June 4, 2019
Have you heard the latest BuZzz? Artist Kingbee Bee-utifies UNHP Buildings
Noted NYC street artist The Royal Kingbee created colorful bee-themed murals to beautify two of UNHP’s affordable housing buildings.
June 2, 2017
Preferential Rents: Benefit or Threat? // Views from the Northwest Bronx
The use of preferential rents—negotiated rents that are less than the legal rent— has become more prominent recently as an issue for tenants, in the news and in Bronx set-up sheets for multifamily building sales. In this piece, UNHP aims to discuss how preferential rents, once considered a benefit to tenants, could undermine the financial stability of multifamily buildings and its lenders as well as threaten the tenancy of Bronx residents - 70 percent of whom are already vulnerable to displacement.
May 10, 2017
6.2M BIP Data Points; More Needed to Improve NYC Rental Housing // Views from the Northwest Bronx
The UNHP Building Indicator Project (BIP) is a database that leverages public data to gauge distress; it currently captures demographic data, housing and building code violations, and several city liens from municipal agencies for over 62,000 properties with five units or more in all five boroughs; amounting to a staggering 6.2 million data points. Still, more information is needed to ensure distressed buildings are identified and improved.
July 20, 2016
Multi-Family Water Assistance Program On Hold
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.
June 30, 2016
Temperatures Up In The Bronx - But Our Buildings Stay °Cool
Working with Sustainable South Bronx and its partners, UNHP was able to support local employment efforts, seal the roofs on 13 of our affordable housing buildings and reduce building energy consumption through the NYC °CoolRoofs Program.
May 23, 2016
Water Board Approves $10M Towards Credit for Affordable Housing
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.