MAYOR DESTEFANO, HUD, DECD AND NEIGHBORWORKS CELEBRATE LATEST VICTORY IN FORECLOSURE FIGHT
(10/26/2011) CITY OF NEW HAVEN ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF 194 DOVER STREET AND 212 DOVER STREET THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION PROGRAM
NEW HAVEN- Today, at ribbon cutting ceremony in the Fair Haven neighborhood, Mayor John DeStefano Jr., and representatives from Housing and Urban and Development, the Department of Economic and Community Development, and Neighborworks announced the completion of the last two (2) properties using Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds allocated by the Housing Economic Recovery Act 2008 (HERA).
The properties are the last two (2) properties of the fifteen (15) properties that have been completed using the city’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding as implemented by the Livable City Initiative. The NSP program has successfully completed rehabilitation on fourteen (14) of the properties totaling twenty three (23) units of which two (2) properties are now rental properties for supportive housing, three (3) properties sold to eligible buyers, five (5) properties are under contract and pending sale, four (4) properties are available for purchase (35 Stevens Street, 57-59 Truman Street, 5 Stevens Street, and 166 Saltonstall Avenue) and one (1) structurally unsafe property was demolished and sold to a neighborhood organization for parking.
The Livable City Initiative (LCI) through its partnership with the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven (EDC) purchased 194 Dover Street for $34,700. This property was the only foreclosed property on the street at the time of purchase. However, several months later 212 Dover Street fell victim to foreclosure and the National Stabilization Trust offered the premises for purchase which the City through its partner,
EDC purchased the property for $75,000. NeighborWorks New Horizons was selected
through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process to purchase and rehabilitate both properties for working families.
NeighborWorks purchased 194 Dover Street in April, 2010 for $39,675. The property has been rehabilitated and is currently under a purchase and sale agreement for $129,000.00. 212 Dover Street was purchased on June 9, 2010 for $85,040 and upon completion of rehabilitation entered into a purchase and sale agreement for $147,673. These properties were rehabilitated using Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds along with private construction financing from the Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund.
“Dover Street is an example of success under the NSP program as it has stabilized the street and put back into service homes for working families of New Haven” stated Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “
It is appropriate to come back to 194 Dover Street because this is where the Mayor announced the launch of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, in April 2009 which followed upon the creation of the ROOF Program (Real Opportunities Overcoming Foreclosure) in the Fall 2007. The ROOF project was an initiative launched by the City and involved LCI and community partners at the Greater New Haven Loan Fund, Neighborhood Housing Services and the Yale Law Clinic working in partnership to prevent or mitigate the effects of foreclosure on families and neighborhoods.
The City was awarded a $3.2M allocation from the State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community (DECD) who administered NSP I funding on behalf of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) The City of New Haven turned its NSP I allocation from a $3.2 million program into a $5.8 million program with $1.4 million in private construction financing secured by the Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund, $865,000 from NSP I Program Income, and $350,000 from the City of New Haven’s HOME allocation. All funding is 100% obligated to acquire and rehabilitate vacant foreclosed properties.
Based on the success of New Haven’s efforts, HUD and DECD has notified the City that it has been awarded $1.6 million in Neighborhood Stabilization (NSP) III funds under the Dodd-Frank Act to be used in the same manner as NSP I.
The number one priority of the City of New Haven is to keep homeowners in their homes. The best foreclosure prevention is to work to the address the issue prior to a foreclosure action taking place. That is why it remains important for homeowners to reach out for help. Foreclosure prevention programs are ever changing and that is why ROOF remains ready to assist homeowners please see . www.theroofproject.org or call (203) 789-8690.
Contact Name: Adam Joseph
Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net
Contact Phone: 203-946-8200