FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 9th, 2017
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HPD SEEKS EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO FORM A COMMUNITY LAND TRUST

HPD seeks to identify organizations with the capacity to create and operate a mission-based CLT to enhance or fill gaps in the City’s extensive affordable housing programs.

 

NEW YORK, NY – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been announces the issuance of a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to identify qualified groups to form a Community Land Trust (CLT). A CLT is a not-for-profit organization that maintains control and oversight of its affordable housing resources through ownership of land. The CLT’s land ownership, paired with a governance structure that reflects the interests of CLT affordable housing residents and the broader community, can offer a unique housing model that empowers residents and neighborhoods. HPD specifically seeks experienced groups with viable plans for CLTs that will improve upon, or fill gaps in, the City’s already extensive affordable housing programs.

The release of this RFEI is the latest step towards the goals outlined in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan. In an effort to use all of the available tools to confront the need for affordable housing, HPD will evaluate RFEI submissions and work to determine whether certain City-owned properties could be developed and maintained by established or budding CLTs. These may include properties in East Harlem, the South Bronx, northern and central Brooklyn, southeastern Queens, and Edgemere, Queens. While HPD will consider all responses, organizations with experience in the affordable housing sector in any of these neighborhoods are encouraged to apply.

“We are excited to provide this opportunity for existing Community Land Trusts and those interested in forming Community Land Trusts. We look forward to reviewing their ideas and recommendations on how to use this model effectively to enhance the affordable housing stock in New York City,” said HPD Commissioner Vicki Been.

"Community Land Trusts have the potential to strengthen local capacity and promote permanent affordable housing for low and moderate income New Yorkers," said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. "This has been an issue my community has taken the lead on for many years and was a priority during the East Harlem neighborhood planning process.  I thank HPD for listening carefully to this feedback and developing a strategy for turning this innovative idea into a reality."

“Affordable quality housing remains a major issue in New York City. In order to address this problem and provide solutions, we have to think of innovative ways to enhance the programs we already have, while thinking of new tools to develop housing opportunities. I applaud the Department of Housing Preservation and Development on moving forward with this idea,” said Council Member Jumaane D. Williams.

"The Community Land Trust model has the potential to not only increase the availability of affordable housing units, but also empower residents and the community in making decisions about housing. With this RFEI announcement, HPD is moving the needle in addressing the housing affordability crisis in NYC and I applaud their action," said Council Member Ritchie Torres of the Bronx.

All responses to the RFEI must describe the existing or proposed CLT’s target geography and constituency, plan for the creation and maintenance of rental and/or homeownership housing, the organization’s governance structure and operations plan, the respondent’s affordable housing experience, and any projected future requests for support from the City. HPD may choose to support certain proposals or collaborate with selected respondents based on the quality of the responses received.

The RFEI submission period will run from January 9th to February 28th. A pre-submission conference will be held on January 27th at 1:30 P.M. in Room 8-B11 of 100 Gold Street, New York, New York 10038.  Every prospective applicant to this RFEI is encouraged to attend, as this will be the only opportunity to ask questions and receive answers in person regarding this RFEI. Proposals are due on February 28th at 4:00 P.M. Proposals may be submitted by hand or by email to cltrfei@hpd.nyc.gov. For more information and to obtain a copy of the RFEI, please visit HPD’s Request for Proposals/Qualifications/Offers webpage.

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About the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD):
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough Ten-Year Plan to create and preserve 200,000 affordable units for New Yorkers at the very lowest incomes to those in the middle class. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NYCHousing.