HPD-HDC Housing Fellows Program 2015-2017
The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the largest municipal housing preservation and development agency in the nation. The agency’s mission is to promote housing equality and create and sustain viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers through housing education, outreach, loan and development programs and enforcement of housing standards. We are the lead agency in implementing Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York plan to finance the creation or preservation of 200,000 units of affordable housing in the next 10 years. For more information, please visit www.nyc.gov/hpd
The NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) seeks to increase the supply of multi-family housing, stimulate economic growth and revitalize neighborhoods by financing the creation and preservation of affordable housing for low- , moderate- , and middle-income New Yorkers. For more information, please visit www.nychdc.com.
The HPD-HDC Housing Fellows Program is designed to bring talented young professionals to HPD and HDC to expose them both to the inner workings of New York City government and to the field of affordable housing, with the goal of developing the next generation of affordable housing leadership. The Fellowship provides a forum for the exchange of fresh and current ideas with those who shape the City’s housing policy through housing- and community development-related lectures, site visits, hands-on policy work and mentoring.
The HPD-HDC Housing Fellowship is a two-year program, and individuals who are selected to join the program make a two year commitment. Each class of Fellows is chosen following a national search. Fellows must be recent graduates of schools of public policy, urban studies, planning, management, law or a related field. In the first year, Housing Fellows rotate through two five-month placements, learning firsthand about HPD’s efforts to revitalize New York City’s neighborhoods through financing, including tax-exempt and taxable bonds; new construction; rehabilitation; code enforcement; housing litigation; outreach and loans to private owners. In the second year, Fellows expand their time in a specific program area to encourage further growth by choosing two half-year or one full-year placement. In addition to their work experiences, Fellows participate in site visits and inspections to developments across New York City; meet with housing leaders in government, business, nonprofit organizations and academia; and participate in conferences, among other activities. At the end of the two year period, Fellows either secure positions within HPD or HDC or move on to continue working in the field at other agencies or organizations. Please note that neither HPD nor HDC can promise permanent employment at the end of the program.
Applicant must be a recent graduate with a master’s or law degree, and have good writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated interest in government and housing is preferred, as is experience and/or course work in finance. [Note that we can only hire American citizens or green-card holders; also, we do not reimburse for relocation costs.] Selected applicants must become residents of New York City within ninety days following the start of employment.
Salary & Benefits
The salary for the Fellows is $60,000. Health care benefits begin thirty days after the start of employment.
How to Apply
People interested in joining 2015-2017 Class of HPD-HDC Housing Fellows must download and complete this application form. Applications are due by 4PM on Friday, January 30th, 2015. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Decisions will be made in May 2015, and the program will start on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 (the day after Labor Day).