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New York Land Opportunity Program

Technical Assistance

A first-of-its kind program, the New York Land Opportunity Program (NYLOP) helps mission-driven organizations with limited real estate experience to partner with experienced developers to develop new affordable or supportive housing on their underutilized land.

Five churches were selected in August 2017 for a pilot cohort (read the coverage in the Wall Street Journal) and received intensive technical assistance from LISC NYC, which included pro-bono architectural, legal, and financial technical assistance.

Upon receiving nine months of intensive support, the following churches finalized and issued Request for Proposals to identify experienced developer partners:.

  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, in the Bronx
  • Shiloh Church of Christ in Harlem, Manhattan
  • Wakefield Grace United Methodist Church in Wakefield, Bronx
  • St. John’s Global Ministries, near downtown Jamaica, Queens

Each church has received multiple responses to their RFP and is currently in negotiation with their preferred developer. Through NYLOP, these churches will remain in their communities, while partnering with developers who can help them build hundreds of new units of affordable housing and community space so that they can continue offering programs that address the needs of youth, seniors and those struggling with hunger, poverty and homelessness in their neighborhoods.

Stay tuned for further updates!

Workshops:

In fall/winter 2016, LISC NYC offered four NYLOP technical assistance workshops in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Manhattan, reaching over 300 participants. These workshops covered: (1) what it takes to develop affordable housing through a joint venture partnership; (2) case studies of successful joint venture partnerships to develop affordable housing; (3) resources for development and long-term stewardship of affordable housing; and (4) an overview of LISC NYC’s NYLOP technical assistance program.

Click here to view content from the NYLOP workshops that were offered in fall 2016/ winter 2017.

Thanks to our Partners!

NYLOP is a LISC NYC partnership with the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit.

This program is made possible through the generous support of Booth Ferris Foundation, along with BankUnited, Deutsche Bank, M&T Bank, and Santander Bank.

Special thanks to our technical assistance partners: Goldstein Hall and Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects.  

NYLOP In the News:

  • Religious leaders try to keep the faith when developing church properties (Crain's)
  • New York Churches to Get Help in Navigating Real-Estate Development (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Blessed Homes: Old churches and underutilized properties finding new use as affordable housing (Affordable Housing Finance Magazine)
  • Housing on Holy Land (NY Daily News)
  • Churches and non-profits get help navigating real estate deals (NY1 News)
  • LISC will partner with nonprofits to help them develop affordable housing (Curbed)
  • Churches to develop properties for affordable housing (News 12)
  • LISC NYC interview on faith-based development (BronxTalk)
  • Nonprofit helps 5 churches develop affordable housing, community spaces (Metro)
  • Jamaica church among those selected to participate in program to develop affordable housing (Qns.com)
  • Churches to Get Help Building Affordable Housing (City Land)

For more information:

Please contact LISC Senior Community Development Officer Grace Chung at gchung@lisc.org.