FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
CONTACT: Jason Rubin, 212-863-7879
NYC DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT AND COUNCIL MEMBER I. DANEEK MILLER ANNOUNCE QUEENS HOMEOWNER RESOURCE FAIR TONIGHT
HPD to Hold Homeowner Resource Fair in Springfield Gardens to Provide Information and Assistance on Foreclosure Prevention, Property Tax Abatement, and Other Topics
NEW YORK, NY – NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development in partnership with Council Member I. Daneek Miller will hold a Homeowner Resource Fair in Springfield Gardens, Queens. The resource fair will take place tonight, Wednesday, March 22 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at PS 37, The Cynthia Jenkins School 179-37 137th Av., Jamaica, 11434. All are welcome to attend. A workshop flyer is available on the HPD website.
“HPD is committed to working with homeowners to ensure financial stability, grow economic opportunity, and keep families in their homes,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “The Queens Homeowners Resource Fair will provide Queens residents the opportunity to learn about all of the resources at their disposal and receive one-on-one assistance from trained City employees. We thank Council Member I. Daneek Miller for his partnership on this and so many important initiatives and look forward to working with homeowners in Queens and throughout the five boroughs towards a more secure future.”
“Homeownership has been the driving force of the Southeast Queens community, and even though we are challenged, we have created a community that has empowered residents to raise a family and strengthen their financial footing for future generations” said Councilman I. Daneek Miller. “The Homeowners Resource Fair will help ensure these opportunities continue by bringing City resources to them, so those who need assistance refinancing their mortgage, paying a water or property tax, or learn about tax breaks they may be qualified for, will be supported. I would like to thank HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer and all the City agencies for making this Fair possible.”
With the foreclosure rate particularly high in Queens, this is an important opportunity for area homeowners to receive individual assistance and engage with a wide range of resources at their disposal. Through the Center for New York City Neighborhoods (CNYCN), individuals facing foreclosure can receive housing counseling and legal services, free of charge. Qualified individuals can also apply to the New York State Mortgage Assistance Program and receive a loan of up to $40,000. For more information, visit http://cnycn.org/ or the HPD website.
Queens homeowners can also receive assistance on a variety of other issues they might be facing. Topics include property tax exemptions and abatements for qualified owners, home repair loans, ways to save money on utilities through energy and water conservation upgrades, help with tenant problems, and other issues. Invited agencies include the NYC Depts of Finance, Environmental Protection, Buildings, HPD, Non-profit housing counseling agencies and more.
The Queens Homeowner Resource Fair is taking place in conjunction with a comprehensive initiative, The Jamaica Now Action Plan. The Plan is a multifaceted approach to harness Jamaica’s strengths as a center of arts, culture, and commerce to create economic opportunity and improve livability. Through workforce training and small business support, creating more affordable housing, and investing in safety measures and green space, the plan seeks to engage the community to create sustained growth and a thriving Jamaica. For more information visit the NYC Economic Development Corporation website.
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.