Enterprise Awards $550,000 in HUD Section 4 Grants in New York

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Posted By: Enterprise Community Partners

We just announced our 2017 Section 4 grantees, awarding 15 New York nonprofits a total of $550,000 to boost their efforts to create safe, healthy and affordable homes. Section 4 is the Capacity Building program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which provides funds that we in turn allocates to local organizations through a competitive application process. Over the last 20 years, Enterprise has distributed more than $125 million in Section 4 funds to more than 1,250 community development groups throughout the country, over $10 million of which went to organizations in New York.

Section 4 is a highly effective public-private partnership. Every dollar in Section 4 funds leverages more than $20 in additional public and private investments — far more than the 3:1 match required by law. Since 2010, Section 4 has leveraged more than $5.7 billion in development costs alone, helping to maximize the grantee organizations’ impact on the communities they serve.

“At its core, Section 4 enables community development organizations to do vital work across New York. We are proud to continue a 20-year partnership with HUD to support local organizations that can use this important funding to lift up thousands of New Yorkers,” said Judi Kende, Enterprise vice president and New York market leader. “Strengthening community-based organizations that know neighborhoods well is a central component of our work making New York healthier and more affordable for all those who call it home.”

“Building the capacity of community-based organizations with funds that mandate leveraging three private dollars for every dollar of HUD funding is an efficient and effective model for meeting our housing challenges,” said Lynne Patton, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “I look forward to seeing the incredible results that this year’s recipients will achieve with HUD’s support.”

2017 HUD Section 4 grantees in New York:

  • Asian Americans for Equality, Inc.
  • Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Bridge Street Development Corporation
  • CAMBA/CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc.
  • Community League of the Heights
  • Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc.
  • Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation
  • MHANY Management, Inc.
  • New Destiny Housing Corporation
  • Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.
  • Services for the Underserved
  • St. Nicks Alliance
  • The Bridge, Inc.
  • The Fortune Society, Inc.
  • University Neighborhood Housing Program

The 2017 grantees were chosen through a competitive application process that called on organizations to detail their plans for capacity building under specific program areas, which included organizational sustainability, health and housing and affordable housing production and preservation. The funds will enable the grantees to undertake a wide range of community development initiatives to better the lives of residents in need.

Some of the grantees’ projects include:

  • Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. will implement a research and resident education project designed to study and improve indoor air quality and related health issues of residents of eight Selfhelp affordable senior housing properties. Together, these buildings house 1,380 low-income residents in 1,057 units. The project will improve the built environment in order to better the health outcomes of senior tenants and to support tenants who are aging in place. Data will help Selfhelp refine its healthy housing interventions and develop a strategy to empower tenants to adopt best health practices.
  • Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation will further its All for One Initiative, a data-driven neighborhood service model targeting two high-need census tracts in northern Bedford Stuyvesant, with strategic interventions in mental health, financial health and stability, housing stability and socio-economic stability. The funding will support a Dynamic Neighbor Model in which 50 trained community ambassadors will match 250 of their peers with critical social and economic services.
  • Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation (FBHC) will preserve four affordable housing properties for formerly homeless and low-income families. In addition, FHBC will stabilize and preserve a highly distressed, scattered-site portfolio for nearly 200 households to ensure long-term affordability.