Genesis Transitional Housing Ministries
Building Bridges is the brainchild of Genesis Transitional Housing Ministries Incorporated — a value faith-based program based in Queens, New York. Their main mission is to provide services for substance abuse users, ex-offenders and homeless men and women. Their goals are to provide them with safe drug free transitional housing; to stabilize employment; to provide them with easy access to ongoing treatment and support; to help them become self-sufficient so that they can start a new life; and to help them fight their struggle with addiction and break the cycle of substance abuse.

Genesis Transitional Housing Ministries, Inc.
195-12 Hollis Avenue
St. Albans, New York 11412
Phone: (718) 217-6530

Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica
Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica (NHS) is a not for profit community-based corporation that is committed to revitalizing neighborhoods in southern Queens by offering counseling, technical and financial assistance to low and moderate-income residents. NHS enables residents to upgrade and preserve their properties to improve the quality of community life.

Among other programs, Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica offers grants up to $30,000 to first-time homebuyers who need down payment and closing cost assistance in the purchase of a 1-4 family home, a condominium, or a cooperative in Queens only.
Neighborhood Housing Services Web Site

New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal – District Rent Office
The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal is responsible for the supervision, maintenance and development of affordable low- and moderate-income housing in New York State. The Division performs a number of activities in fulfillment of this mission, including:

Community Development – Administration of housing development and community preservation programs, including State and Federal grants and loans to housing developers to partially finance construction or renovation of affordable housing;

Housing Operations – Oversite and regulation of the State’s public and publicly assisted rental housing; and,

Rent Administration – Administration of the rent regulation process for more than one million rent-regulated apartments in both New York City, and those localities in the counties of Albany, Erie, Nassau, Rockland, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Westchester subject to rent laws.

The Queens Borough and District Rent Office provides information and assistance to tenants and owners of rent controlled and rent stabilized apartments. Tenants can request registered rent histories of their apartment as well as information about cases that may affect their rent. In addition, they can access fact sheets and forms on many topics including rent overcharges, leases, services and security deposits. Owners can request registered rent rolls for the building, case information and related copies of orders. They can also receive technical assistance in completing rent registration forms and applications pertaining to major capital improvements, rent restoration, and Rent Control- fuel and MBR reports.

Queens Borough and District Rent Office
Gertz Plaza
92-31 Union Hall Street
Jamaica, New York 11433
Phone: (718) 739-6400
New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal



Homes for Veterans Program

SONYMA, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Veterans’ Affairs, is pleased to offer the Homes for Veterans Program that will enable more U.S. military veterans and active duty U.S. military personnel to buy their first home (or move to a different home if you are a U.S. military veteran). A change in Federal law enables SONYMA to waive the first-time homebuyer requirement for any veteran (and their spouse or co-borrower) who:
– Served in active military, naval, or air service; and
– Has been discharged or released from their military duties under conditions other than dishonorable.
Or any first time homebuyer may take advantage of the program benefits if they are:
– A U.S. military personnel stationed in New York State, regardless of discharge status;
– An active or honorably discharged National Guardsman and reservists.
For additional information, visit: http://www.nyshcr.org/topics/home/buyers/sonyma/homesforveteransprogram.htm

Achieving the Dream Program

SONYMA’s Achieving the Dream Mortgage Program provides qualified low income first time homebuyers with low downpayment mortgage financing on one and two family dwellings (including condominiums and cooperative apartments, as well as manufactured homes permanently attached to real property) at a very low fixed interest rate. For additional information, visit: http://www.nyshcr.org/topics/home/buyers/sonyma/achievingthedreamprogram.htm

HomeFirst Grant Down Payment Assistance Program

Up to $25,000 toward down payment or closing costs

Many New Yorkers want to purchase a home but have difficulty saving enough money to make the down payment. HPD’s HomeFirst Down Payment Assistance Program provides qualified homebuyers with up to $25,000 toward the down payment or closing costs on a 1-4 family home, a condominium, or a cooperative in one of the five boroughs of New York City.

To qualify for the loan, a prospective homebuyer must:

– Be a first-time homebuyer
– Complete a homebuyer counseling and education program with NHS or another HPD-approved counseling agency
– Have his/her own savings to contribute to the down payment or closing costs
– Meet program income eligibility requirements
– Purchase a 1-4 family home, a condominium, or a cooperative for owner-occupancy in one of the five boroughs of New York City
– Pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection before purchase
– Live in the home for at least 10 or 15 years depending on household income as determined by Area Median Income (AMI)
For additional information, visit: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/owners/homeowner-downpayment-assistance.page