FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
CONTACT: Juliet Pierre-Antoine, 212-863-5682
HPD COMMISSIONER TORRES-SPRINGER AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBER ESPINAL
ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF THE EAST NEW YORK HOMEOWNER HELP DESK
Building upon the City’s commitment to East New York, this Help Desk will offer a range of key services, including advice and assistance with pressing issues faced by homeowners.
The first Help Desk Event will take place on Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30 P.M. at P.S.89.
BROOKLYN, NY – New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer and New York City Council Member Rafael Espinal announce the launch of the East New York Homeowner Help Desk to help homeowners in the East New York neighborhood. This Help Desk, run by the Center for New York City Neighborhoods in collaboration with the Office of Council Member Rafael Espinal and their partners, will offer a range of services, including advice and assistance with foreclosure prevention, guidance on scam avoidance, advice on home repair and other programs like weatherization loans and assistance with addressing scams.
Key partners also include New York State Senator Martin Malave Dilan and Assembly Member Erik Dilan, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, MHANY Management, and Brooklyn Legal Services Corp A.
The first Help Desk Event will take place on Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30 P.M. at P.S. 89 located at 265 Warwick Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207.
"Protecting homeowners who have deep roots in the neighborhood is a key part of the East New York Community Plan.,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “The launch of the Homeowner Help Desk will connect homeowners with the resources they need to stay in their homes and continue play to a role in shaping the future of their community. I want to thank Councilmember Espinal, CNYCN and their partners for working with us to expand access to the kinds of services, counseling, and financial resources that are so critical to stabilizing families and neighborhoods."
“From an astronomically expensive housing market, to rising foreclosure rates, and countless scams driven by unscrupulous speculators, homeownership is virtually impossible today in our city,” said NYC Council Member Rafael Espinal. “What used to be a hallmark of the American Dream and a tool for working and middle class families to achieve economic and social stability is now a luxury reserved mostly for the wealthy. With the average home sales price in Brooklyn at an all-time high of $780,000 and so many other challenges to homeownership, we must do more to make sure New Yorker’s are able to buy and keep their homes. I am proud to have led the effort to bring the Homeowner Help Desk to our community and look forward to the great work it will do for our homeowners and prospective first time home buyers.”
“Homeownership is the keystone of neighborhood preservation and foundation of any community. We’ve seen time and time again, that as more homeowners foreclose, or more owners are forced from their long-time households, the community soon shares the same fate. We see employment opportunities dry up, prices spike, schools begin to suffer, and criminal activity increase dramatically. Homeowners need every resource at their disposal to help them remain in their homes and retain the community of East New York and its identity,” said Senator Martin Malavé Dilan.
“Many thanks to Council Member Espinal, Deputy Mayor Glen and the City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development for their strong commitment to homeowners in East New York,” said Christie Peale, Executive Director of the Center for NYC Neighborhoods, which works to promote and protect affordable homeownership. “The Homeowner Help Desk is an innovative way to provide free, high-quality community-based services to property owners in East New York. This pilot program will identify any gaps in existing services and help shape our future work together supporting homeowners in communities across New York City.”
The Homeowner Help Desk is considered an important resource to East New York residents as the City follows through with the East New York Neighborhood Plan. Approved by the City Council in April 2016, the East New York Neighborhood Plan is a multi-agency coordinated initiative to promote the creation of affordable housing, foster economic growth, encourage pedestrian-friendly streets, and invest in community resources for the enrichment of the neighborhood. The Administration has made significant progress towards the East New York plans goals including the release of the Dinsmore-Chestnut Request for Proposals, the new East New York Workforce 1 Center, and more.
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.