HPD's success in reaching the ambitious goals of Housing New York depends upon the agency's meaningful engagement with community partners across New York City, who help us preserve and create the affordable housing we need to maintain diverse, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods. We look to our partnerships with neighborhood organizations and community development corporations to learn about the needs and concerns of both residents and property owners and to design programs that respond to them.
Housing Ambassadors are community-based service providers in New York City who help people prepare and apply for Housing Connect affordable housing lotteries. Housing Ambassadors can provide information and assistance with the application process.
The Landlord Ambassadors Program was a pilot program created to stabilize the physical and financial health of small- and medium-sized multi-family buildings by helping owners implement best building management practices and navigate the process of applying for HPD financing. With the support of HPD and Enterprise Community Partners, three community-based non-profits were chosen to provide technical assistance to building owners in three pilot areas.
HPD is committed to partnering with mission-driven organizations throughout the city to identify and facilitate new development opportunities. The Pre-Qualified List (PQL) of Owners' Representatives can help mission-driven owners evaluate real estate development opportunities. HPD is collaborating with LISC NYC on the New York Land Opportunity Program (NYLOP) to help mission-driven organizations with limited real estate experience form partnerships with experienced developers to develop affordable housing on underused land. HPD also partnered with the Attorney General's office in creating a best practices checklist for mission-driven organizations when submitting petition for review to the NY State Charities Bureau.
HPD administers roughly $11 million in local and federal funding to procure housing preservation and stabilization services from community-based organizations throughout the city. Learn more about Discretionary Contracts.