1. The Laws of New York
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  4. Article 16: Neighborhood Preservation Companies


Section 903 Contracts with neighborhood preservation companies

Private Housing Finance (PVH)

1. The commissioner may enter into contracts with neighborhood preservation companies for the performance of neighborhood preservation activities. Such contracts shall be entered into, however, only after appropriate findings by the commissioner and shall be subject to the limitations hereinafter set forth.

  2. Prior to entering into a contract with a neighborhood preservation company, the commissioner shall have made a finding that the neighborhood in which the activities are proposed to be conducted contains a significant amount of deteriorating or substandard housing which is not being adequately repaired, renovated, upgraded, modernized or rehabilitated under existing programs so as to provide sound housing at costs which the residents of such neighborhoods can afford; that the neighborhood preservation company which proposes to contract with the commissioner is a bona fide organization which shall have been in existence either as a corporation or as an unincorporated, organized group and performing significant neighborhood preservation activities for at least one full year prior to entering into any contract with the commissioner and which shall have demonstrated by its immediate past and current activities that it has the ability to preserve, repair, maintain, renovate, rehabilitate, manage or operate housing accommodations or to engage in other neighborhood preservation activities in such neighborhood; that the neighborhood preservation activities which are to be performed pursuant to the proposed contract are needed by the neighborhood; and that the neighborhood preservation company possesses or will acquire or gain access to the requisite staff, office facilities within such neighborhood, equipment and expertise to enable it to perform the activities which it proposes to undertake pursuant to such contract; provided, however, that merged companies' office facilities may be located outside such neighborhood if they are located in a municipality wholly contained within the merged companies' neighborhood, and provided further, however, that it shall not be a bar to the commissioner's contracting with a neighborhood preservation company that one or more organizations, whether pursuant to contract with the commissioner or not, are conducting neighborhood preservation activities wholly or partially within the same neighborhood.

  3. In determining to enter into a contract with a neighborhood preservation company pursuant to this article, the commissioner shall investigate, to the extent which he shall deem necessary or appropriate, and determine;

  (a) that the geographic boundaries proposed by the applicant for such a contract define a recognized or established neighborhood or area within the municipality;

  (b) that the demographic and other relevant data pertaining to such neighborhood indicate that the neighborhood has sustained physical deterioration, decay, neglect or disinvestment, that a substantial proportion of the residential population that the neighborhood preservation company proposes to assist through its activities is of low income and that such neighborhood is in need of active intervention to effect its preservation, stabilization or improvement;

  (c) that the activities proposed to be conducted by the neighborhood preservation company are reasonably calculated to have a positive effect on the preservation, stabilization or improvement of the neighborhood;

  (d) that the neighborhood preservation company's officers, directors and members are fairly representative of the residents and other legitimate interests of the neighborhood, that they will carry out such a contract in a responsible manner and that at least thirty-three percent of the directors of the neighborhood preservation company are residents of the neighborhood;

  (f) that the fees received or proposed to be received by the neighborhood preservation company from the management of housing accommodations are fair and reasonable;

  (g) that the plan submitted by the neighborhood preservation company demonstrates that such company will, to the extent possible, give priority when hiring new employees to residents of the neighborhood who are either unemployed or not fully employed;

  (h) that the neighborhood preservation company has a plan to facilitate, to the maximum extent feasible, the disposition of any buildings containing housing accommodations owned by the company to individual occupants thereof or to cooperative groups whose members shall be occupants thereof; and

  (i) that the interests of occupants of any buildings containing housing accommodations owned by the neighborhood preservation company are adequately represented.

  4. Contracts entered into hereunder with neighborhood preservation companies shall be limited in duration to periods of one year, but may thereafter be renewed, extended or succeeded by new contracts from year to year in the discretion of the commissioner; they shall define with particularity the neighborhood or portion thereof within which the neighborhood preservation activities shall be performed; they shall specify the nature of the neighborhood preservation activities which shall be performed including the approximate number of buildings, residential dwelling units and local retail and service establishments which shall be affected; they shall locate and describe, with as much particularity as is reasonably possible, the buildings with respect to which such activities shall be performed during the contract term; and they shall specify the number of persons, salaries or rates of compensation and a description of duties of those who shall be engaged by the neighborhood preservation company to perform the activities embraced by the contract together with a schedule of other anticipated expenses.

  5. Prior to renewing or extending a contract or entering a succeeding contract with a neighborhood preservation company the division shall determine that:

  (a) the company shall have substantially completed the neighborhood preservation activities specified in the contract to be renewed, extended, or succeeded;

  (b) the company shall have received the sums, services, and funds specified in subdivision four of section nine hundred four of this article; and

  (c) the activities carried out by the company pursuant to its contract shall have had a significant impact on the community's needs as specified in the contract.

  6. Prior to terminating, not renewing or not extending a contract the division shall:

  (a) determine that the company is in violation of the terms and conditions of the contract or that funds provided pursuant to the contract are being expended in a manner not consistent with the terms of the contract or the provisions of this article; or

  (b) determine that necessary and appropriate technical assistance has been provided without significant improvement in the activities of the company; and

  (c) provide the company with written notice, at least forty-five days in advance, of its intent to terminate, not renew or not extend the contract and provide the company with an opportunity to appear and be heard before the division with respect to the reasons for such proposed termination, non-renewal or non-extension. At the same time that a company is notified of the division's intent to terminate, not renew or not extend the contract, the division shall likewise inform the senate and assembly members who represent areas within such company's geographic boundaries.

  7. The division shall establish, for renewal of contracts, a procedure which provides the company with at least forty-five days notice of the company's obligations and rights in that process, informs the company of the amount of the renewal contract, and facilitates the timely execution of the contract and disbursement of funds.

  8. The division may temporarily withhold payments and may elect not to renew or extend a contract or enter a succeeding contract with any neighborhood preservation company if the company is not in compliance with its contract, has without good cause failed to submit documentation required under its contract or requested by the division to make the determinations required under subdivision five of this section or has not satisfied any other conditions consistent with this article for renewing or extending a contract or entering a succeeding contract.