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  • UHAB By the Numbers | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    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 Homeownership FAQs Calendar Media Publications Media Information Media Room Support Us Planned Giving

    Original URL path: http://www.uhab.org/node/984 (2016-04-28)
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  • UHAB Success Stories | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    office visits Enrolled more than 650 co ops with 10 559 families in UHAB s Fire and Liability Insurance Plan with annual premiums totaling 4 6 million and a total insured value of more than 1 8 billion Provided sustainable affordable housing for 32 additional low and moderate income households by converting two distressed rental buildings into shared equity co ops Partnered with the CITGO Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program to provide heating grants to HDFC co ops which collectively received some 115 000 gallons of oil saving them more than 100 000 Supported shareholders in the successful development of the HDFC that now houses the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space MORUS on the Lower East Side Saved five struggling affordable co ops from foreclosure by helping them secure 3 5 million in low interest loans to cover overdue property taxes and water charges Helped preserve a 15 unit shared equity co op with 670 773 in 8A loans for capital improvements UHAB in Action Ribbon Cutting Celebration at the Birthplace of Hip hop Preaching to the newly co op Converted Tenants and Advocates Demand Repairs on Neglected Sunset Park Homes HDFC s Good for Small Business Resident Voices The

    Original URL path: http://www.uhab.org/success_stories (2016-04-28)
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  • Co-ops and the Oscars: Activist Harry Belafonte | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    we were proposing would soon become a trend We would buy the building outright from its owner then try to sell as many of the apartments as possible to the tenants who lived in them Any tenant who preferred to keep renting could do that It all worked like a charm Just as my one year lease was about to lapse our absentee billionaire owner accepted the highest bid the Trujillo s were under increasing political pressure and both father and son were looking to build up their liquid assets in the event they had to flee The building was bought by Belafonte and his partners Belafonte put up most of the funds The other tenants purchased shares and the housing co op was created As the remaining rental units turned over Belafonte encouraged his friends to join the co op Lena Horne Belafonte s singing partner on the album Porgy and Bess was one of the first to join the co op We didn t just invite black friends though our goal was integration not reverse segregation Eventually 300 West End Avenue became known as Harry s building Strictly speaking that was no longer true when the building went completely co op I no longer owned any part of it besides our fifth floor combined apartments But I was glad to have a homes that was mine In March of 1959 that co op apartment Belafonte s first home would welcome as one of its earliest guest Martin and Coretta King Martin would come to think of it as his home away from home staying with us on many of his New York trips he brought with him two or three of his closest advisors and by the mid sixties the apartment was one of the movement s New York headquarters For the next almost fifty years that co op was Belafonte s home He sold his co op apartment in 2006 Numerous civil rights leaders celebrities and public figures would come there for meetings for dinner or for a fundraising reception Among those who came were Eleanor Roosevelt and later Senator John Kennedy to seek Belafonte s support for his 1960 presidential candidacy Belafonte played an important role during the key years of the Civil Rights Movement During that time he became a confidante of Martin Luther King and his family At his co op apartment through fundraisers he led the efforts to raise bail for many of those jailed during critical moments in the struggle At one fundraiser in March of 1963 he raised 50 000 which was sent to bail out as many people as possible who were imprisoned in Birmingham Jail That was at the time that Martin Luther King was writing his now famous Letter from Birmingham Jail On April 4 1967 Martin Luther King made his controversial anti war speech at Riverside Church in New York City Many civil rights leaders asked King not to take up the issue of the Vietnam War

    Original URL path: http://www.uhab.org/news/co-ops-and-oscars-activist-harry-belafonte (2016-04-28)
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  • Privacy Policy | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    web site 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 Homeownership FAQs Calendar Media

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  • Contact | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    For questions regarding your individual HDFC email help uhab org For questions regarding homeownership opportunities email homeownership uhab org 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

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  • Crown Heights Residents, Pols, and Housing Advocates Call on Landlord to End Displacement | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    much higher market rates Since BCB acquired more than 100 units of rent regulated housing in Crown Heights tenants have been complaining about severely deteriorating conditions in their homes and unrelenting pressure to leave The real estate firm s response A deafening silence So today tenants and affordable housing advocates including New York State Assemblymember Walter T Mosley armed with letters dating back a year requesting meetings with BCB attempted to visit the firm s Manhattan office to schedule a discussion As Mosley led a group of tenant representatives up to the BCB office demonstrators gathered outside the building chanting Don t displace us Come out and face us However when Mosley rejoined them he announced They refused to talk to us today But he added We re not giving up This is a fight for the long haul In 2013 the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board UHAB helped found the Crown Heights Tenant Union now comprised of tenant associations of some 40 buildings These neighborhood residents have come together to bring about stricter enforcement of existing tenants rights as well as new stronger protections against the down side of rampant gentrification As the New York Daily News reports residents content that their buildings have become construction sites with continual renovations to upgrade vacated apartments yet existing tenants are hard pressed to have basic repairs done When problems are addressed the results are often subpar and sometimes even life threatening as Donna Mossman discovered This harassment and rapid displacement of long term low income tenants is a systemic problem and it has to stop Assemblymember Mosley told the crowd of tenants and advocates He noted that in 2015 New York rent regulations will be up for renewal and he will be exploring how laws can be adjusted to curtail the predatory

    Original URL path: http://www.uhab.org/news/crown-heights-residents-pols-and-housing-advocates-call-landlord-end-displacement (2016-04-28)
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  • Director of New Co-op Development | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    including lawyers trainers and organizers who all play critical roles in the process of creating strong and successful cooperatives Please apply only if you truly find this opportunity intriguing Responsibilities UHAB s development portfolio currently consists of 30 buildings with 472 units Of these 27 buildings have completed construction and are in the process of co op conversion The challenge facing UHAB s next Director of New Co op Development is to oversee the completion of construction on the remaining buildings and to provide technical support and financial analysis for the permanent financing and cooperative conversion In addition the Director of New Co op Development will design and implement a strategic plan for all of UHAB s future direct and indirect real estate development activities including the acquisition and management of new projects and supervising the necessary staff for implementation of the strategic plan Specific responsibilities include these Draft all aspects of the development pro formas and project plans including o development budgets o sources and uses o mortgage analysis o proposed operating budgets o schedule of maintenance charges o affordability plans o project schedule including tracking milestones for all aspects of the projects o settlement statements Maintain positive working relationships with and coordinate the activities of all key players in the development process including 1 internal stakeholders a organizers b relocation specialist c clerk of the works d trainer e fiscal officer f tax abatement staff g attorneys 2 external stakeholders a residents b government agencies e g HDC HUD and HPD including DAMP BLDS Finance c architects d general contractors e property managers Negotiate construction and permanent loan terms and agreements with government agencies lenders and other funders to finalize the financial terms and conditions of the development project Work with HPD BLDS the project architect clerk of the works and residents to define the rehabilitation scope of work Work with UHAB s Fiscal Department to process all payments and construction requisitions and to monitor expenses against the development budget Work closely with lawyers to efficiently manage loan closings title transfers and conversion to cooperative status Attend construction progress and requisition site meetings with project architect general contractor and resident association construction committees Oversee the work of property managers before during and after construction Track progress against milestones prepare monthly progress reports and lead internal UHAB team meetings with all relevant UHAB team members Oversee the work of consultant and third party contractors Respond timely and accurately to requests for information from government agencies lenders UHAB colleagues and residents Meet frequently with resident associations and committees at all stages of the development process Qualifications The Director of New Co op Development must be a team player with a willingness to explore innovative ways of approaching the development process including methods that promote a self help ethos as a means of empowering residents The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications A strong background in affordable housing finance experience with self help cooperative housing is a plus Experience or

    Original URL path: http://www.uhab.org/node/973 (2016-04-28)
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  • Project Associate - Member Services | UHAB | Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
    program and other cooperative accounting options and a variety of additional computer based and online services many accessed through our member oriented website www uhab coop Member Services aims to help shareholders keep operating costs low through economies of scale and to provide the tools and support that co ops need in order to sustain themselves financially and administratively over the long term Responsibilities The Member Services Project Associate has primary responsibility for the delivery of information and money saving services to member buildings Spanish fluency is required Services that the Member Services Project Associate will work on include these Growth and Expansion of Existing Programs Maintaining the Fire and Liability Insurance Program FLIP the largest member service with more than 600 co ops enrolled Working with the insurance broker to assist new and existing buildings in receiving coverage Enrolling buildings in UHAB s Fuel Program which provides discounted oil and gas and educate buildings on rising energy costs Coordinating and administering the Oil Heat Program in partnership with Citizens Energy Corporation through which oil delivery grants provide energy savings and efficiency measures to buildings Organizing coordinating and outreach for seminars on a range of topics from energy efficiency and sustainability to building operations and maintenance Assisting in the publication of electronic and print newsletters Coordinating marketing and publicity efforts as part of a larger organizational strategy to maintain and develop UHAB s online presence Developing New Programs Creating energy efficiency and sustainability programs for co ops General Activities Communicating with co op boards of directors other shareholders and managers or management companies to deliver services and information to cooperatives Assisting co op boards and other shareholders by enrolling buildings in special programs and publicizing new laws rules regulations services and opportunities for co ops that help to improve building financial and physical stability Offering information and referrals based on buildings specific issues problems and needs by telephone and email Creating weekly work plans and progress reports and meeting regularly with supervisory staff to discuss progress and future work and to identify areas for improvement Providing support to fellow staff members in growing programs and services for member buildings and the larger affordable co op community Qualifications The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial self starter interested in providing the services aimed at increasing the sustainability of low income co ops while also generating income to support UHAB s work Fluency in Spanish is required A degree in Environmental Science Environmental Studies or Environmental Sustainability or related studies is a plus We are seeking a Member Services Project Associate who can demonstrate that he or she has the following qualities among others Is able to work in a highly organized and efficient manner with accurate and reliable results Would enjoy working directly with leaders and residents of limited equity housing cooperatives Is an innovative communicator who is interested in outreach and would be committed to the growth of Member Services Is dedicated to finding creative ways to form and preserve

    Original URL path: http://www.uhab.org/node/980 (2016-04-28)
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