Issues: Housing

Senate Bill Protects Renters Living With AIDS Or HIV

The New York State Senate Democratic Majority passed overdue protections (S2664/Duane) for New York renters living in poverty with AIDS or HIV, by humanely limiting the percentage of household income which can be paid in shelter costs. The benefit applies to those who live in emergency shelter facilities or reside in housing which receives financial assistance. 

April 28, 2010
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Senate Passes Legislation to Cap Rent Share At 30% of Income for Poor New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS

Aligns NYC HIV/AIDS Service Administration with Other Rental Assistance Programs

(Albany, NY)-On Tuesday the New York State Senate decisively passed legislation, prime sponsored by Senator Thomas K. Duane, that would cap at 30 percent of income the rent contribution of people receiving housing assistance from the New York City HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA). 

 

April 27, 2010
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SENATE PASSES KLEIN BILL TO PROTECT HOMEOWNERS

Bill Will Significantly Decrease Pervasive Loan Modification Scams

 

April 26, 2010
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What the Rent Freeze Bill Means to Tenants: English y Espanol

Senator Espada has a plan that would provide real help to over 600,000 Tenants who have a hard time paying their rent.

(Want to show your support of this bill? Go here: http://www.nysenate.gov/webform/sign-support-senator-espadas-rent-freeze...)

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April 19, 2010
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New York’s Section 8 Problem

Ending the Perfect Storm: Finding Solutions and Identifying Alternatives for New York’s Section 8 Problem

April 15, 2010
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Protecting Your Money: Avoid Foreclosure Scams

As Historic New Foreclosure Laws Take Effect April 15th, Senator Klein Fights for Next Level of Protection for Homeowners

April 14, 2010
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AS HISTORIC NEW FORECLOSURE LAWS TAKE EFFECT APRIL 15th, KLEIN FIGHTS FOR NEXT LEVEL OF PROTECTIONS FOR HOMEOWNERS

Senator Klein Releases Public Service Announcement to Alert New Yorkers to Dangerous Loan Modification Scams

ALBANY, NY – With new, vital provisions of his foreclosure legislation scheduled to take effect on Thursday, April 15th, State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) called for the next level of protections for New York State homeowners on Wednesday. Earlier this year, Senator Klein unveiled new legislation aimed at significantly decreasing, and in some cases eliminating, the pervasive practice of loan modification scams.

April 14, 2010
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Notice of Public Hearing: Ending the Perfect Storm: Finding Solutions and Identifying Alternatives for New York’s Section 8 Problem

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL SERVICESSENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

SUBJECT:  Ending the Perfect Storm:  Finding Solutions and Identifying Alternatives for New York’s Section 8 Problem

PURPOSE:  Update on various government agencies’ plan to (1)  address the lack of funding in New York’s Section 8 Program and (2) assist families who hold terminated vouchers.

April 13, 2010
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HV Press: Westchester County Affordable Housing Grants

Governor David A. Paterson and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins today announced the awarding of funds for critical affordable housing initiatives in Westchester County, including those for senior citizens and disabled New Yorkers. These projects include the construction of a new 49-unit affordable housing complex for senior citizens in the City of Yonkers, as well as grants to two community groups to help improve the quality of existing housing…

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April 13, 2010
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New York State Approves $2.27 Million to Build and Rehab 181 Affordable Housing Units

It is important for state government, even during difficult economic times, to fund capital projects such as these because they provide the impetus for economic recovery. This funding is a meaningful investment in the state economy because it will revitalize communities, address affordable housing needs, create good-paying jobs for local residents, and stimulate business for local contracting companies.

April 8, 2010
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New Foreclosure Law to Save Homes and Preserve Neighborhoods

Sweeping foreclosure regulations to finish going into effect April 15

Law will require banks to maintain foreclosed properties and make it easier for homeowners to avoid foreclosure

April 7, 2010
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Sen. Foley is Joined by Community Leaders in an Effort to Increase Participation in 2010 Census

Civic leaders and activists from local communities in Suffolk County joined Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) as he called for increased participation in the U.S Census. The 2010 Census awareness event, which took place at the Brentwood Public Library, was centered around relaying the importance of Census participation and giving community members the tools necessary to educate their friends, family, and neighbors about the Census.  

April 1, 2010
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Tom Duane in The Neighborhood on the Roberts Decision and Its Impact on New York City

The latest episode of “Tom Duane in the Neighborhood” focuses on the impact of last October's New York State Court of Appeals’ decision in Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties, L.P., which held that landlords who receive New York City tax abatements for renovations must extend rent stabilization protections to their tenants during the abatement period. 

April 1, 2010
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April 1, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Senator Foley to Host Foreclosure Prevention Event at William Floyd High School

On Saturday, May 1st from 10 am – 4 pm, Senator Brian X. Foley will host a mortgage foreclosure prevention event at William Floyd High School located at 240 Mastic Beach Road, Mastic Beach, NY 11951.

May 1, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Sen. Foley and Touro Law Center Launch Pro-Bono Foreclosure Clinic in Central Islip

Foreclosure/Bankruptcy Law Clinic will be first of it's kind, provide free services to local communities battered by foreclosure crisis

March 23, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Housing, Construction, and Community Development Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development Senator Pedro Espada, Jr., Chair 12 Noon, Monday, March 22, 2010 Room 123 CAP

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA. SENATE BILL 5881 HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE AGENDA.

March 22, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

On March 16, 2010 representatives of Habitat for Humanity met with Senator Bonacic in Albany to discuss their legislative issues.  Pictured with Senator Bonacic are Paige Bellenbaum – Director of Advocacy, Judith Nelson – President & CEO and Jacqlene Rose – Delaware County President.

March 16, 2010
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Legislative Wrap-Up March 11, 2010: Senate Bills Protect Disabled, Provide Cost Savings For Libraries

The New York State Senate passed legislation this week which protects New York’s disabled community, grows our state’s agriculture industries and markets, protects consumers from telemarketing frauds, and provides for new cost-saving measures for libraries, among other initiatives.

March 12, 2010
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