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City of Yonkers, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development And Municipal Housing Authority of Yonkers to Aid Over 100 Residents in Rental Assistance Program

Post Date:09/29/2017 1:32 PM

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YONKERS, NY – September 29, 2017 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today joined HUD Regional Administrator Lynne Patton, Municipal Housing Authority of Yonkers (MHA) representative Cliff Scott and other local officials to announce the continuation of a rental assistance program for over 100 families who received support through a 2007 settlement to promote fair housing and more integrated communities.

“Through an agreement between Yonkers, HUD and the Municipal Housing Authority, our residents will no longer have to worry if will be able to stay in their homes,” said Mayor Spano.

“I am proud to work with my colleagues in government and serve the residents of Yonkers who are the most vulnerable.  We remain committed to providing safe, decent, affordable housing to our eligible families.”

Over the last 10 years, the City of Yonkers has been providing rental housing assistance to over 100 families pursuant to an agreement that resolved a longstanding federal desegregation order.  With the compliance period of the court order nearing completion and understanding the continued need for assistance to those households, the City of Yonkers, HUD and MHA have agreed to continue the rental assistance for those families who still qualify. 

“HUD funding has been instrumental in advancing the fair housing goals of the settlement over the last decade,” said Lynne Patton, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “I am thrilled that the true team effort of HUD, the City of Yonkers, and the Yonkers Housing Authority will afford these households the continued access to opportunity that stable housing provides.”

“This HUD funding is a critical lifeline for Yonkers families,” said Congressman Eliot Engel. “100 families can now rest a little easier knowing that federal support for their rental assistance program will be continued. I will continue to work with Mayor Spano and my partners in government to promote affordable housing options in Yonkers and other municipalities.” 

With the revised rental assistance program, MHA now will manage the recertification process of the households under HUD Section 8 guidelines to verify qualifications.  The City of Yonkers will continue to support those households that may not qualify under those federal qualifications. 

Under the court order, the City of Yonkers was using approximately $1 million in federal HOME funding to support qualified renters. HUD and MHA now will assume the subsidy for those renters but will not reduce Yonkers’ HOME funding, ensuring the city can leverage more good affordable housing investments.  

Mayor Spano added, “HUD and MHA have lifted a large fiscal responsibility off our shoulders, freeing up federal funding so the City can address other affordable housing related matters while knowing that the status of the current households in the rental program are secure. For that, we are very appreciative.”

Residents who have been receiving rental assistance over the last 10 years will be contacted by city officials in the coming weeks regarding qualifications for continued assistance.