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Commissioner and Senior Staff Participate in NYSAFAH Legislative Conference

Commissioner and Senior Staff Participate in NYSAFAH Legislative Conference

HCR Commissioner/CEO Darryl C. Towns and members of HCR's leadership team joined affordable housing developers and industry leaders at a luncheon in Albany hosted by the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) as part of the organization's Annual Legislative Conference.

Commissioner Towns addressed the group and then he and senior staff took part in an informative panel discussion. Michael Skrebutenas, Chief Operating Officer; Marian Zucker, President of the Office of Finance and Development; Matthew Nelson, President of the Office of Community Renewal, and Michael Friedman, Senior Vice President and Director of the Mortgage Insurance Fund fielded questions from the audience and moderator, Deborah VanAmerongen, Strategic Policy Advisor at Nixon Peabody and former Commissioner of the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal.

The Commissioner introduced Andrew Kennedy, the Governor's new Assistant Secretary of Economic Development, who will work closely with the agency on a variety of issues.

Update on Consolidated Funding Application Process

During his remarks, Commissioner Towns provided an update on HCR's next funding round and announced that tax credit and affordable and supportive housing programs would no longer be a part of the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). Applications will be scored by HCR staff who will use existing regional plans to assure selected projects help advance those goals and strategies.

"We've been listening to your feedback and conducting our own analysis, and the decision has been made to focus on more traditional economic development programs in the CFA," said Commissioner Towns. The Commissioner added that Community Development Block Grant program and Main Street program community development resources would remain in the CFA process, as these have direct economic impact.

MWBE Networking Event

Lunch was immediately followed by a productive Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) "speed networking" event to help the state attain the Governor's goal of reaching 20% MWBE involvement in state-supported projects. Wanda Graham, Director of HCR's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, participates on NYSAFAH's MWBE Advisory Committee and assisted in organizing this opportunity to advance the Governor's initiative and connect affordable housing developers with more than two dozen different certified MWBE vendors, contractors, architects, and other businesses.

Last Updated: 03/08/12