Revitalizing a Home for the Homeless

In 1999, The Community Builders (TCB) – one of the nation’s leading nonprofit housing organizations – redeveloped the residential building within Jersey City’s historic YMCA complex into a 131-unit property offering 59 single room occupancy units and 72 studio apartments for the homeless.  For the past two decades, the Bergenview Apartments have served as a […]

New Housing and New Hope for the Most Vulnerable

When some former residents of a psychiatric hospital returned to their communities back in 1954, they discovered that there were no programs to support them. And so they stepped up to support themselves, creating a self-help organization that would serve adults suffering from mental illness. Today, that organization is known as The Bridge, and over […]

Preserving Affordable Housing in a Rapidly Changing Market

While it is no surprise that the supply of affordable housing in New York City is dwindling, what is truly stunning is the rate of the decline. According to a September 2018 report published by New York City’s comptroller, over 425,000 apartments renting for $900 or less (in 2017 dollars) disappeared from the city’s housing […]

Expanding Access to Early Childhood Education

When the Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP), which is Orange County’s designated anti-poverty agency, was in danger of losing their existing lease arrangement in Port Jervis, NY they turned to the nonprofit PACER, Inc. to create an opportunity for a new long term lease for their Head Start operations.  PACER, which is based in Middletown, has […]

From Vacant Brownfield To Valuable Community Resource

For more than 30 years, MHANY Management Inc. has worked to provide affordable housing to New York City’s low- and moderate-income residents. Now, a $1 million predevelopment loan from Leviticus Fund is enabling the mission-driven nonprofit to move forward with an ambitious new project: Chestnut Commons, a 14-story, 300,000-square-foot development in Brooklyn that will bring […]

Progress in Newburgh: 62 New Affordable Homes

With over 250 units of rental housing under management, RUPCO, Inc. is one of the Hudson Valley’s leading affordable housing providers, and its impact has grown steadily in recent years. Newburgh Progress, RUPCO’s newest project, will add another 62 scattered-site units to its portfolio and will help to revitalize Newburgh’s high-poverty East End neighborhood. Through […]

New Café Offers a Pathway into the Workforce

Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP) works to meet basic needs and increase self-sufficiency among low-income people in Orange County, NY. RECAP’s Fresh Start Café does both: it offers employment training and support services to people on public assistance, and it gives them a decent job, increasing their economic stability and serving as a stepping […]

Continuing a 120-Year Tradition of Music in Brooklyn

Founded in 1897, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music has over the past 30 years extended its music education and promotion to more and more communities of New York City, including over 4,000 underserved students and over 1,500 special needs children and adults. In April, Leviticus closed a $113,829 loan to the Conservatory, refinancing an existing […]

Making Space for a Radical Employment Model to Grow

At a state-of-the-art facility in Yonkers, NY, Greyston Bakery produces 35,000 pounds of brownies every day and provides full-time jobs to over 100 hard-to-employ workers using an “Open Hiring” concept: no applications; no interviews; no background checks. Just up the road, leadership at the Greyston Foundation (the bakery’s owner) are working to build a movement […]

An Anchor for Growth in Far Rockaway, Queens

The Community Builders (TCB), a regular partner of the Leviticus Fund, has created over 29,000 units of affordable and mixed-income housing across 14 states and D.C.  This December, TCB sought out Leviticus’ Project Start Fund (PSF) for $700,000 in critical predevelopment financing to advance the Beach 21st Street Development, a 224-unit mixed-use affordable housing project […]