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Housing At Risk Task Force (HART) – 421-a Program

Completion of Construction Deadline Assistance

December 14, 2023

Jeffrey Citron, Howard Weiss, Louis J. Coletti


On December 6, 2023, New York City Mayor, Eric Adams, announced the creation of “HART (Housing at Risk Task Force)”, which seeks to assist real estate developers of projects that are working to complete construction and obtain a “CO” (Certificate of Occupancy) before the June 15, 2026, the Affordable New York 421-a(16) Program deadline.

HART’s goal is to foster interagency communication between the Office of the Mayor, the Department of Buildings, the Department of City Planning, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Department of Environmental Protection,  the Fire Department, the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation, and the Department of Transportation.

Essentially, HART will:

  • develop and implement a process to increase the likelihood that at-risk projects meet the June 15, 2026 deadline;
  • formulate a schedule of critical milestones that each at-risk project should satisfy;
  • track the progress of each at-risk project in achieving critical milestones;
  • streamline communications among the various New York City agencies to facilitate timely approvals; and
  • meet regularly to discuss the status of at-risk projects and facilitate interagency communication regarding the issuance of certificates of occupancy for at-risk projects.

Created according to Executive Order #38, HART seeks to ensure that up to 50 projects will stay on schedule to meet the deadline of June 15, 2026.

If you are a real estate developer who is interested in the program, you may complete and submit a pre-application here: Delivering Affordable New York Pre-Application Form – click here.

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