NYC Housing Survey Reports Homeownership at a 40-year High
Start of the National Mortgage Crisis
January 2008
The Center is Created

The Center for New York City Neighborhoods was created under the leadership of the City Council, Mayor Bloomberg, leading foundations, and other stakeholders to combat the effects of the national mortgage crisis in NYC. Learn More

June 2008
First Network Partners Selected

The Center’s network of housing counselors and legal services providers has continued to grow since the first partners were selected. Today, we have 36 Network Partners providing quality services at no cost to NYC homeowners. Learn More

July 2008
Congress Passes the Housing and Economic Recovery Act
September 2008
Lehman Brothers Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
December 2008
First 1,000 Homeowners Assisted by Network Partners
January 2009
Number of NYC Households in Foreclosure Totals 15,000
February 2009
Homeowner Hotline Launched

The Homeowner Hotline was created to connect homeowners with free services throughout the city. Homeowners can reach the Hotline by dialing 311 and asking for the Center for NYC Neighborhoods or by calling 646-786-0888. Learn More

January 2010
Michael Bloomberg Begins Third Term as NYC Mayor
Escalations Program Launched

The Escalations Program was created to help homeowners achieve sustainable mortgage modifications in a timely manner. The Escalations Program helps homeowners get answers and decisions from their mortgage servicers by building strong relationships with dedicated specialists at major servicers. Learn More

September 2008
Lehman Brothers Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
January 2010
Michael Bloomberg Begins Third Term as NYC Mayor
February 2010
“National Loan Modification Scam Alert” Campaign Launched

The Center partnered with NeighborWorks America on its “National Loan Modification Scam Alert” campaign to inform homeowners about existing scams and to provide them with resources to identify future scams.

January 2011
Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) Launched

MAP provides home-saving loans to homeowners at risk of foreclosure. Learn More

Spring 2011
The Center Hosts Rise Up, Stay Put

The Center hosted a series of free mortgage help events throughout the city. These events brought housing counselors, legal services providers, loan officers from major banks, and local officials together with homeowners for one-on-one meetings and strategy sessions.

February 2012
Five largest Servicers Agree to $25 Billion National Mortgage Settlement
February 2012
Christie Peale Named as Executive Director

Christie has worked for public service organizations in New York City since 1994. She provided Community Case Management services for people living with HIV and AIDS for both the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Women's Prison Association. She then advocated for Medicare and Medicaid recipients enrolled in HMO plans with the Medicare Rights Center and Gay Men's Health Crisis. While working for the Building Services 32BJ Pension Fund, Christie worked on an employer-assisted housing project, which led her to work for non-profit affordable housing developers in Bushwick and Washington Heights. She joined the Center most recently from the New York State Housing Finance Agency, where she underwrote tax-exempt bond deals to preserve affordable housing, and served as Deputy Director at the Center until July 2011. Christie has a B.A. from Harvard College and a MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work in Community Organizing and Planning.

June 2012
Named as an Anchor Partner for New York Attorney General’s Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP)
September 2012
Over $1 Million in Funding to Homeowners Through MAP
October 2012
Hurricane Sandy Strikes NYC

Sandy Surge AreaNYC land flooded during the Hurricane Sandy storm surge.

December 2012
Neighborhood Recovery Fund Created

The Center launched the Neighborhood Recovery Fund (NRF) in response to Hurricane Sandy. Contributions from Goldman Sachs Gives, the Robin Hood Foundation, and the Empire State Relief Fund provided $1.35 million in funding to homeowners in need. Learn More

March 2013
Housing Mobility Program (HMP) Launched

The Housing Mobility Program helps New Yorkers transition from homeownership into other affordable housing options. Learn More

July 2013
100th Homeowner Assisted by MAP
September 2013
“Home by Home” Five-Year Report Released
October 2013
The Center Moves to Battery Place!
November 2013
The Center Presents at Talking Transition
January 2013
Bill de Blasio is Inaugurated as Mayor of NYC

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