HDC:A brief history

History of HDC

In 1971, the New York State Legislature created the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) as a supplementary and alternative means of supplying financing for affordable housing that was independent from the City's capital budget. At first HDC concentrated on providing financing for large-scale rental developments but now issues bonds and provides subsidy and low-cost loans to develop and preserve a variety of housing, ranging from large to small and rental and homeownership.??

The flexibility built into HDC’s authorizing statute allows it to amend its programs and goals in response to the changing economic climate. As a result, HDC has become the leading local housing finance agency in the nation, outperforming many of the nation’s largest banks in the volume and dollar amount of bonds issued. In 2018 alone, HDC issued more than $1.8 billion in bonds to finance affordable housing.? That includes more than $1.5 billion in Sustainable Neighborhood Bonds, which HDC successfully launched as the nation’s first social investment product in the affordable housing marketplace.? This 2018 activity enabled HDC to finance the construction or preservation of more than 17,800 affordable homes. For more information on the projects and programs we support, please visit our?Press Room.

In the course of HDC's more than 45-year existence, several subsidiaries have been created to assist the Corporation in achieving its mission:


The New York City Residential Mortgage Insurance Corporation (REMIC) is a public benefit corporation created to promote the production and rehabilitation of affordable housing in New York City through the issuance of mortgage insurance. ?REMIC plays an integral role in New York City’s efforts to stabilize and revitalize the City’s diverse neighborhoods.

Since becoming a subsidiary of HDC in 1993, REMIC has become a formidable presence in the mortgage insurance business by significantly increasing the volume of its underwriting while maintaining adherence to strict underwriting standards. ?In its 40 plus years of existence, the REMIC insured portfolio has performed well, having paid only 12 claims for insured loans totaling less than $600,000.

As of December 2017, REMIC had an “AA” rating from Standard & Poor’s.

Housing Assistance Corporation

The Housing Assistance Corporation is a public benefit corporation established pursuant to Section 654-b of the Act as a subsidiary of the Corporation.

HAC is empowered to receive monies from any source, including, but not limited to, the Corporation, the City or the State, for the purpose of assisting rental developments to maintain rentals affordable to low and moderate-income persons for whom the ordinary operation of private enterprise cannot supply safe, sanitary and affordable housing accommodations. ?In order to accomplish this objective, HAC may transfer, lend, pledge or assign these monies to any rental development or assist the Corporation in financing such developments. As a subsidiary of HDC, HAC’s functions are administered by the Corporation and its Board Members substantially overlap with HDC’s Board Members, so it is reported as a discretely presented component unit in HDC’s financial statements.

Housing New York Corporation

The Housing New York Corporation is a public benefit corporation established pursuant to Section 654-c of the Act as a subsidiary of the Corporation. Authorization for the funding of the Housing New York Program ended on July 1, 1995. Consequently, HNYC can no longer issue bonds or notes to fund the Housing New York Program.

Upon repayment of all of the outstanding HNYC bonds on November 3, 2003, HNYC became an inactive subsidiary of the Corporation and its remaining funds were transferred out of HNYC. However, HNYC is not expected to be dissolved.