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Since 1971, the Housing Council at PathStone Inc. has provided comprehensive housing counseling. It is one of the largest such agencies in New York. It offers landlord education, foreclosure prevention, pre-purchase counseling, emergency housing services and fair housing education. 

The council provides housing programs aimed at assisting low-income individuals and families, homeowners, veterans and the homeless gain access to housing education and stable housing.

First-Time Homebuyer’s Program: First-time homebuyers receive comprehensive, pre-purchase counseling, personal credit budget counseling and post-closing assistance. Homebuyer education workshops cover a variety of topics, such as choosing a real estate agent, finding the right home and selecting the best mortgage product for the householder’s needs. Financial assistance may be available for eligible applicants.

Foreclosure Prevention: PathStone assists clients who are at risk of or facing mortgage and tax default. Each client’s situation is reviewed, and a solution is developed that works best for that client. Home equity conversion mortgage counseling is also available to homeowners 62 and older who wish to draw on the equity of their home for repairs or to enhance limited incomes.

Landlord Training: “Operating Rental Property” is PathStone’s signature training class for landlords and property managers and others thinking about entering the rental property business.

Tenant Education encourages the use of leases, explains tenant rights and responsibilities and addresses fair housing laws.

Veterans Supportive Services: The Housing Council partners with the Veterans Outreach Center Inc. to deliver critical services to veterans. They receive education about tenants’ rights and veterans benefits. Financial assistance is available for income-qualified veterans and their families.

Housing Hotline: Callers and walk-ins are provided comprehensive housing counseling and interventions for landlords, tenants, homeowners and the homeless.

DHS Inspections: Move-in, move-out and interim inspections are provided for the Department of Human Services. 

Publications: Council publications are aimed at increasing the business and consumer skills of landlords, tenants, homeowners and homebuyers. They include A Landlord’s Guide to Eviction, Operating Rental Property and Tenant Rights & Responsibilities. It also provide leases, rental applications and apartment checklists. 

Susan Boss is the executive director of the Housing Council at PathStone, which is located at 75 College Ave., and the web address is thehousingcouncil.org. The organization has 26 employees. 

Financial record Year ended Sept. 30, 2015

Revenue %

Government grants $1,594,118 72

All other contributions 383,589 17

Program service revenue 100,970 6

Federated campaigns 95,035 5

Investment income 898 less than 1

Miscellaneous 27,291 1

Total revenue $2,201,901 

Expenses %

Salaries, wages $901,228 43

Grants 344,954 17

Employee benefits 297,979 14

Compensation of officers, directors 228,451 11

Office expenses 85,894 4

Donated supplies 64,356 3

Occupancy 54,753 3

Other expenses 113,722 5

Total expenses $2,091,337 

Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses $110,564

Board of directors

Orlando Ortiz, chairman

John Durand, vice chairman 

Christine Nothnagle, treasurer 

Austin Reid, secretary 

Matthew Bain 

James Barbato 

Jonathan Chase 

Theodore Jordan Jr. 

Ajamu Kitwana 

Orlando Rivera

—Researched by Bill Alden

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