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 […]

Preserving Affordable Housing in Connecticut

In 1995, the Mutual Housing Association of Greater Hartford (MHA) converted a long-vacant 19th century school building in Windsor Locks, CT into 21 units of affordable rental housing, ensuring low-income families could choose to live in this high-opportunity town. After almost 25 years of occupancy, the building is now in need of a range of […]

Charter School Meets Growing Enrollment

Only four charter schools in the nation have received the designation as “Centers of Excellence” by the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) and the most recent charter public school to receive a Leviticus loan is one of them.  Friends of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School (BLCS) earned the recognition from NCSECS, yet […]

Brooklyn Project To Create Senior Housing

IMPACCT Brooklyn (IB), previously known as Pratt Area Community Council, has a strong reputation as an advocate for low and moderate-income residents in Brooklyn.  IB has identified the neighborhoods of central Brooklyn and Crown Heights as the “next battleground for gentrification and landlord abuse of tenants” and is countering that trend with program services that […]