Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP)

On June 18th, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the launch of the Homeowner Protection Program, his office’s commitment of $60 million over three years to fund housing counseling and legal services for struggling New York homeowners. The announcement coincided with the release of the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Attorney General’s program for service providers to begin the process of helping homeowners.

The housing foreclosure crisis has had a devastating impact not only on families whose homes are subject to foreclosure, but on surrounding communities and the State as a whole. In 2009 the Center for Responsible Lending projected that homeowners living near foreclosed properties, on average, would lose $7,200 in property value, and projected a four year increase in losses to $20,300 per household. These deteriorating, neglected properties and neighboring property values losses create neighborhood blight, diminish critical local tax revenues, and contribute to neighborhood crime.

For these reasons, Attorney General Schneiderman is dedicating a substantial portion of funds awarded to New York under the National Mortgage Settlement to support the work of direct service providers who specialize in delivery of legal services and housing counseling to at-risk homeowners affected by foreclosures. This effort will minimize homeowner displacement and foster the stabilization of neighborhoods across the state for the benefit of the public and the State as a whole.

The OAG anticipates awarding, through a competitive process, grants of varying amounts to individual New York State not-for-profit organizations that can provide housing counseling and legal services to help at-risk homeowners avoid foreclosure.

HOPP Update:

As a result of hurricane Sandy, we our extending the deadline to submit all three (3) copies of the signed/notarized pages of   your contract from mailed and postmarked no later than Friday, November 2, 2012 to Friday, November 9, 2012

On September 23rd, RFA applicants were sent letters regarding their grant applications. The award grantees are listed below:

Legal Services

Long Island
Nassau Suffolk Law Service Committee, Inc.
Nassau County Bar Association
New York Legal Assistance Group
Touro Law Center
Labor & Industry For Education, Inc.

South Brooklyn Legal Services
Bronx Legal Services
Staten Island Legal Services
Queens Legal Services
New York Legal Assistance Group
MFY Legal Services
City Bar Justice
CAMBA Legal Services, Inc.
Common Law
Legal Aid Society of New York City
Queens Volunteer Lawyers Project
Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
Grow Brooklyn
Bedford Stuyvesant Legal Services
Brooklyn Legal Services Corp A

Hudson Valley
Legal Services of Hudson Valley
Legal Aid Society of Rockland County

Western Southern Tier
Legal Assistance of Western New York
Empire Justice Center

Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
The Legal Project

Central NY
Legal Aid Society of Mid New York
Legal Services of Central New York

Western NY
Western New York Law Center

Housing Counseling

Long Island
Long Island Housing Partnership
Community Development Corporation of Long Island
Long Island Housing Services
La Fuerza Unida Inc.
Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc
American Debt Resources
Labor & Industry For Education, Inc.

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
MHANY Management Inc.
Grow Brooklyn
Chhaya CDC
The Parodneck Foundation
Neighborhood Housing Services Jamacia
AAFE Community Development Fund
Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island Inc.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Brooklyn Housing and Family Services
Northfield Community Local Development Corporation of Staten Island
Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation
West Bronx Housing & Neighborhood Resource Center
Greater Sheepshead Bay Development Corp.
Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City
Bridge Street Development Corp.

Hudson Valley
Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc.
Putnam County Housing Corp.
Rockland Housing Action Coalition
Rural Ulster Preservation Company 
Hudson River Housing
Housing Action Council
Community Housing Innovaitions
Human Development Services of Westchester, Inc.

Western Southern Tier

The Housing Council
Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Rochester
Catholic Charities Chemung County
Marketview Heights Assoc.
Arbor Housing & Development
Community Action in Self Help

Friends of the North Country
Housing Assistance Program of Essex County (HAPEC)
Albany County Rural Housing Alliance, Inc.

Central New York
UNHS NeighborWorks Homeownership Center
Metro Interfaith Housing Management Corporation
Home Headquarters, Inc.

Western NY
Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Buffalo, Inc.
Buffalo Urban League
Belmont Shelter Corp.
West Side Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.