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New York Land Opportunity Program

Technical Assistance

A first-of-its kind program, NYLOP will help mission-driven organizations with limited real estate experience to create joint venture partnerships to develop 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):

  • The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist in Murray Hill, Manhattan
  • 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 will receive pro-bono architectural, legal, and financial technical assistance to form joint venture partnerships to build affordable housing. The program will strengthen the churches’ ability to remain vital institutions in their neighborhoods, even as significant change is taking place around them. In addition to building affordable housing, the churches will continue offering community programs that address the needs of youth, seniors and those struggling with hunger, poverty and homelessness in their neighborhoods.


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 program partners: Goldstein Hall and Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects.  

NYLOP In the News:

  • New York Churches to Get Help in Navigating Real-Estate Development (The Wall Street Journal)
  • 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 (
  • Churches to Get Help Building Affordable Housing (City Land)

For more information:

Please contact LISC Community Development Officer Grace Chung at