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Disaster Relief Funding

Disaster Relief Funding (DRF)

FHLBNY CICA Disaster Relief Funding Update

Since May 2020, the FHLBNY has been proud to issue approximately $650 million of at-cost, discounted advances to members for economic recovery efforts to support communities, households and small businesses across our District in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 9, 2021, the FHLBNY will discontinue this offering related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please see our bulletin from July 2, 2021, for full details.

Flexibility and speed are crucial in response to a crisis. Members are eligible for discounted advance rates through our Community Lending Programs (CLP) if they are providing financing in FEMA-designated areas.

In an effort to support the communities we serve, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY) has extended its Disaster Relief Funding (DRF) to cover communities affected by FEMA-declared disaster areas affected by Hurricane Ida.

Funds are available to members to assist rebuilding and economic recovery efforts across in-district communities located in existing FEMA-designated disaster areas. The funds are being made available by the FHLBNY through its CLP for both immediate gap financing and long-term funding to rebuild communities and support small businesses affected by the disasters.

Disaster Relief Funding will continue to be made available until it has been fully allocated or until December 31, 2021, whichever occurs earlier. In the event the DRF has not been fully allocated by this date, the FHLBNY may choose to make the DRF available past 2021.

Eligible Disasters

Qualified FEMA-declared disaster areas within our district include:

  • Hurricane Ida – 9/2/2021
  • Puerto Rico Earthquakes – 1/16/2020
  • Hurricane Maria – 9/20/2017
  • Hurricane Irma – 9/10/2017

 

Eligibility Criteria

1. Eligible member lending activity originated after the disaster declaration and within 90 days of receiving funding may be submitted as DRF support for advances related to financing of housing or economic development activities in communities located in a FEMA-designated disaster area.

  • Housing activities include the purchase, construction, rehabilitation or refinancing of, or pre-development financing for individual owner-occupied housing units, projects involving multiple units of owner-occupied housing, rental housing, or manufactured housing parks, as defined in the CICA Regulation.
  • Economic development activities include commercial, industrial, manufacturing, social service, public or private facility and infrastructure activities, such as roads, utilities, and sewers.
  • Economic recovery efforts include immediate and long-term small business relief measures. DRF will support members in liquidity needs, shoring up balance sheets, and allowing them to offer continuous credit facilities.

2. Commercial and/or Mixed-Use eligibility is based on location criteria (FEMA-designated disaster areas). Eligibility for housing activities is based on existing CIP eligibility criteria

 

Member Limits

  • A member’s Maximum Borrowing Capacity is $50 million per member annually.
  • A member is able to obtain a commitment for both DRF and non-DRF CLP in the same time period.

 

Advance Tenors

  • Minimum DRF advance term is 30 days.
  • All FHLBNY credit conditions apply.

Apply for Disaster Relief Funding

Members must submit a fully completed CLP Application to apply (download the application below). Within the application, please be sure to provide requested detail for each submitted loan along with a brief description of how the funds will be used.

CLP-001 Community Lending Programs Guidelines
CLP-002 Community Lending Programs Application
The FHLBNY continues to help communities through the Community Investment Program (CIP) which enables members to finance a wide range of targeted housing projects. Rural Development Advance (RDA) and Urban Development Advance (UDA) were also created to provide financing for economic development projects in rural or urban areas.