ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSING
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The Neighborhood and Rural Preservation Programs (NPP and RPP) provide grants to cover the costs of not-for-profit community groups engaged in a variety of housing activities ranging from housing development and rehabilitation to homebuyer counseling and tenant assistance. These not-for-profits are known as Neighborhood and Rural Preservation Companies (NPCs and RPCs). Since 1990, NPCs and RPCs have played an instrumental role in the creation of tens of thousands of units of affordable housing. According to the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), on average for every dollar invested in a Neighborhood Preservation Company, the company was able to leverage an additional $40. The Rural Preservation Companies achieve even more successful ratios, with the groups being able to leverage $43 for every one dollar the State invested. Currently, Neighborhood and Rural Preservation Programs serve the vast majority of the State. This hearing will examine the current operation and potential statutory modifications of the programs, and the effects that these modifications could have on the operation and effectiveness and efficiency of the programs. One topic for discussion is the extent to which consolidations and mergers that have taken place between not-for-profit groups participating in the NPP and RPP have improved the functionality of the program and whether further changes should be made to encourage such consolidations.
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Member of Assembly
Committee on Housing
Could current statutory language or administrative policies be modified to make the Neighborhood and Rural Preservation Programs more effective and efficient? If so, what policy changes would enhance the programs?
Are there areas of the State that currently are not served and that need the services of an NPP or RPP? If so, what would be the most effective way to provide such services?
Are there housing needs in the State that NPCs and RPCs currently are unable to address? If so, are there statutory or administrative changes to the program that would allow NPCs and RPCs to address these needs?
What aspects of mergers or consolidations that have already occurred, have been the most useful or beneficial? What aspects have had detrimental effects?
Have specific support systems or administrative options made a merger or consolidation easier? If so, what are they? If not, what systems and options would potentially improve the process?
How have communities served by Neighborhood or Rural Preservation Companies that underwent a merger or consolidation been affected by such merger or consolidation?
Could Neighborhood Preservation Companies and Rural Preservation Companies be merged even though they are from two similar but separate programs? How would such a merger differ from those between companies in the same program?
Are there areas of the State that have a large concentration of NPCs and RPCs? Are these groups meeting housing needs of such areas? Do these groups provide duplicative services? Could the NPP and RPP be modified to address these situations?