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  • Calendar | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    30pm 8 00pm Item Key Members Services Seminar About UHAB History Staff Board Employment Glossary FAQs Useful Links Supporters Programs Organizing Preservation Development Technical Assistance Member Services Co op Members Member Services FLIP UHAB Fuel Recent Fuel Prices Oil Heat Program Connected Books Bookkeeping Services Market and Match UHAB University Harlem Training and Resource Center Assistance for Distressed Co ops Vendor Directory Resource Library Management Calendar Weatherization Homeownership Application Intro

    Original URL path: http://www.uhab.org/calendar/2016-04-27 (2016-04-28)
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  • Brooklyn Shareholders Forum with Special guest The Mediation Project | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    New York Legal Assistance Group Often shareholders are faced with legal or personal problems within their HDFC and person to person mediation can be a really great strategy to utilize especially BEFORE having to resort to legal action NYLAG Mediation Center will speak for 30 45 minutes on mediation techniques that can be used in our buildings to resolve issues as well as at the end talk a little about third party mediation services that can be used when person to person mediation fails or is too uncomfortable While NYLAG is there you can ask questions about your own situations and we can work out how mediation can be useful Please RSVP by emailing Kyla Alterman at alterman uhab org or calling 212 479 3337 Leave your name email phone and building address Tell your fellow shareholders Bring a friend Spread the word The meeting is facilitated by Kyla Alterman in the Member Services Dept Time Apr 27 2016 6 30pm 8 00pm Location 1 Boerum Place Brooklyn Law School third floor About UHAB History Staff Board Employment Glossary FAQs Useful Links Supporters Programs Organizing Preservation Development Technical Assistance Member Services Co op Members Member Services FLIP UHAB Fuel Recent

    Original URL path: http://www.uhab.org/c/brooklyn-shareholders-forum-special-guest-mediation-project (2016-04-28)
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  • Calendar | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    8 00pm Item Key Homeownership Workshop About UHAB History Staff Board Employment Glossary FAQs Useful Links Supporters Programs Organizing Preservation Development Technical Assistance Member Services Co op Members Member Services FLIP UHAB Fuel Recent Fuel Prices Oil Heat Program Connected Books Bookkeeping Services Market and Match UHAB University Harlem Training and Resource Center Assistance for Distressed Co ops Vendor Directory Resource Library Management Calendar Weatherization Homeownership Application Intro Class Registration

    Original URL path: http://www.uhab.org/calendar/2016-04-28 (2016-04-28)
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  • Intro to Limited-Equity Co-op Homeownership | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    and moderate income residents Time Apr 28 2016 6 00pm 8 00pm Location Brooklyn Public Library Flatbush Branch 22 Linden Blvd Brooklyn NY 11226 About UHAB History Staff Board Employment Glossary FAQs Useful Links Supporters Programs Organizing Preservation Development Technical Assistance Member Services Co op Members Member Services FLIP UHAB Fuel Recent Fuel Prices Oil Heat Program Connected Books Bookkeeping Services Market and Match UHAB University Harlem Training and Resource

    Original URL path: http://www.uhab.org/c/intro-limited-equity-co-op-homeownership-1 (2016-04-28)
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  • The Truly Affordable New York Apartment | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    income for rent and utilities and 31 percent paid more than 50 percent according to the Furman Center Arismendy Feliz and his mother pay 580 a month in maintenance for the one bedroom co op they share in the Bronx His mother bought the apartment for 250 in 1989 through a low income housing program Mr Feliz 30 bought half of his mother s shares when he turned 18 Over the years the co op has become part of Mr Feliz s professional sphere An artist he now runs an artist collective called X Collective out of a vacant studio unit that the co op owns but has been unable to rent out For now it s just continuing to fuel my life and inspire me Mr Feliz said It s allowing me to do what I d like to do in terms of being an artist For Ella Leitner 40 the 12 000 Lower East Side one bedroom that her parents bought for her in 1993 in the Seward Park Cooperative then a limited equity co op made a career in the nonprofit sector possible While her friends spent their 20s hopping from apartment to apartment Ms Leitner lived next door to her parents two bedroom watching television with them on Friday nights It gave me the chance to have the career that I always wanted without having to worry about how I was going to pay my bills Ms Leitner said In 2003 Ms Leitner married Her parents retired and moved to Florida transferring the shares of their apartment to her She and her husband who now have two children combined the units creating a spacious four bedroom two bath apartment with an open floor plan an up to date kitchen and two balconies Seward Park is now a market rate complex Of the few four bedroom apartments available on the Lower East Side the average price in January was 3 595 million according to data provided by MNS Resentment can run high among New Yorkers who pay market rate particularly renters Depending on how frequently the apartment has changed hands an identical apartment in the same building can command a vastly different rent Tensions can also arise within limited equity co ops as some tenants want to preserve the programs while others see the potential gold mine that awaits them if they could sell their homes at market rate Although some limited equity programs are permanent others such as Mitchell Lama co ops allow shareholders to remove their building from the program after a number of years a process that includes a two thirds majority shareholder vote Rent regulation provides affordability to the people who have those apartments said Jonathan J Miller the president of the appraisal firm Miller Samuel But it doesn t provide affordability to new residents of New York coming in Nearly 1 million of the 2 2 million rental units in New York City are rent regulated according to the Furman Center However

    Original URL path: http://www.uhab.org/news/truly-affordable-new-york-apartment (2016-04-28)
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  • UHAB Rallies with South Bronx Tenants to demand Landlord Be Ousted | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    last year The pipes are frozen and the boilers are broken It s depressing she said of her living arrangements This is worse than the projects Stabilis has acquired the debt on eight distressed multifamily buildings in the city according to the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board Residents of the 11 unit building many elderly or disabled recited a laundry list of woes claiming they suffer from lead paint contamination asbestos exposure excessive water leaks and an infestation of rodents In October the stairwell collapsed injuring two tenants Stabilis blamed the problems on the previous owner s negligence To date Stabilis has invested over 90 000 fighting in court to ensure that the building is being properly maintained and making critical repairs a spokesman told the Daily News adding that it appointed an outside property management company The Bessen Group to oversee the remaining repairs There are 221 open code violations for the Jackson Ave building the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development said Residents are pushing for Stabilis to hand over the building to city approved administrator I am incredibly concerned said Public Advocate elect Letitia James who showed up to offer support By Beth Stebner Read original article

    Original URL path: http://www.uhab.org/news/uhab-rallies-south-bronx-tenants-demand-landlord-be-ousted (2016-04-28)
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  • UHAB & Residents Rally for Better Living Conditions | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    a new responsible owner There is no one here Taha said What we need is someone to take charge While the six apartment buildings all currently in foreclosure are not a part of the same complex they are within walking distance of each other Stabilis bought the mortgages in 2011 The original owner Ridgewood Realty of L I foreclosed five years ago But due to a delay in bankruptcy court it is still listed as the proprietor Attempts to reach Ridgewood Realty were unsuccessful as of press time About thirty families rent at the buildings in question which have six units each The rent ranges from 900 to 1 050 a month Tenants make payments to a court appointed receiver Residents want to continue living in the buildings but fear that Stabilis will sell them to a group that wants to build luxury apartments We are trying to resolve it but we don t own the buildings We don t have control over them a representative from Stabilis said We are prevented from taking action because of the bankruptcy that was taken by the owner Residents complaints include no heat in the winter leaks from ceilings rat infestations mold and cracked walls The front doors to some of the buildings are missing knobs and a number of locks are broken If Stabilis has no plan on how they will rehabilitate these properties to make them safe and decent for the families who live there they should exit this deal now said Kerri White a director at the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board UHAB a nonprofit organization that fights for affordable housing UHAB had five of the buildings surveyed by Doug Timmons an architect from FLM Construction Consulting LLC He determined they would need more than 2 14 million in repairs to

    Original URL path: http://www.uhab.org/news/uhab-residents-rally-better-living-conditions (2016-04-28)
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  • UHAB Joins Call for FEMA to Provide Grants for Co-op Housing Damaged by Sandy | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    owners That s what many New Yorkers have been discovering to their surprise as they ve been turned down for FEMA aid Even though the FEMA assistance is finally coming through people who live in co ops just can t get it And that hits low income co op households especially hard according to the executive director of an organization that helps low income New Yorkers turn distressed city properties into co operatively owned and operated homes Co op owners aren t considered home owners explains Andy Reicher of Urban Homesteading Assistance Board UHAB Maybe it s time we overhaul our notion of ownership and home just as we re updating our notion of family Area lawmakers are trying to change the law This is certainly no time to be discouraging cooperative home owning says Reicher It s the one sort of home ownership that came out of the mortgage crisis mostly unscathed Having weathered the financial storm thanks to low rates of foreclosure and arrears it would be a shame if storm Sandy hurt co ops now by Laura Flanders Click here to read original article Click here to more about what lawmakers are doing to change the law

    Original URL path: http://www.uhab.org/news/uhab-joins-call-fema-provide-grants-co-op-housing-damaged-sandy-1 (2016-04-28)
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