ACCESS has funded BIPOC developers and projects across NY State, created new strategic partnerships, provided educational opportunities and business support for emerging Black and brown developers
New York, NY (May 26, 2022) – The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), a leading nonprofit multifamily housing finance company, announced an additional $20 million in funding for its Acquiring Capital and Capacity for Economic Stability and Sustainability (ACCESS) initiative which offers funding, technical, and educational support to black and indigenous people of color (BIPOC) developers and real estate entrepreneurs, and targets high-quality housing projects in communities of color.
Since ACCESS’s 2020 launch, demand for the funding and support services provided through ACCESS have exceeded CPC initial $20 million investment. This new round of funding brings CPC’s total investment in advancing racial equity and diversity in the real estate development industry through its ACCESS initiative to $40 million.
“CPC is proud to double its commitment to brown and black real estate entrepreneurs by increasing our ACCESS program to $40 million,” said Sadie McKeown, President, CPC. “CPC’s mission is to support real estate investments that make low- and moderate-income neighborhoods thrive. Increasing our commitment to ACCESS provides developers of color capital products and support that meet their unique needs and allows them to further their investment and impact in communities.”
“The need to add another $20 million to ACCESS less than two years in shows that there’s a significant underserved and underrepresented population of Black and brown developers who are poised for growth, and just need the opportunity and access to the right resources. If ACCESS can be that hand-up, or that connection to capital and knowledge that is going to help take their business to the next level – that is the measure of success for us,” said Lawrence Hammond, Senior Vice President, Director of ACCESS.
Now in its second year, CPC’s ACCESS initiative has provided approximately $8 million to support eight BIPOC developers across nine investments for multifamily projects throughout New York State. There is also a robust pipeline of projects currently under consideration, including $21 million of active opportunities supporting an additional 16 BIPOC entrepreneurs and 21 investments. Overall, the funded projects and those in the active pipeline represent a total of 30 investment opportunities (totaling approximately $29 million), comprising 24 BIPOC developers. This includes projects in New York City, Rochester, Poughkeepsie, Albany, and Syracuse where ACCESS funding has been used for pre-development, acquisition, construction and renovation, bridge financing, equity investments and more. Notable projects include:
- Garfield and Shereen Salmon celebrated the renovation of a long-vacant, mixed-use building with five apartments above a ground-floor cafe in Poughkeepsie, NY with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in January.
- Patricia Cruz-Irving and Paul Irving renovated a 33-unit residential building in Rochester, NY allowing them to rehabilitate the property and transform it into high-quality, affordable housing.
In addition to capital support, ACCESS offers education and training opportunities through roundtable discussions, panels, and informational presentations on a host of topics. ACCESS also seeks to create and foster relationships with government partners and other private and nonprofit organizations to leverage shared resources, create new programs, and engage in policy discussions to help create positive change and level the playing field. Two key relationships formed through ACCESS included a joint venture with TruFund Financial Services and the creation of a new affordable housing program in partnership with the State of New York’s affordable housing agency.
The $6 million joint venture between CPC and TruFund is facilitating affordable capital to support New York State-based emerging BIPOC developers to build their capacity and grow their business infrastructure. Funding provided through the program can be used to acquire, develop, finance, operate, improve, preserve, sell, and dispose of private and publicly financed affordable housing and community development investments within the state. Each project must meet the needs of low- to moderate-income communities or residents and enhance the capacity and progress of BIPOC owned businesses.
Through ACCESS, CPC is partnering with New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) to launch the Legacy Cities program which transfers portfolios of blighted, land bank-owned one- to four-family properties to local developers with a preference for Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs). Following rehabilitation, sales will prioritize purchasers of color and low-income households, helping to tackle the issue of generational wealth building through homeownership.
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About The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC)
CPC is a nonprofit multifamily finance company that was founded in 1974 to provide financial resources to stabilize and revitalize underserved communities. Today, CPC uses its unique expertise in housing finance and public policy to expand access to affordable housing and drive down the costs of housing production, advance diversity and equity within the development industry, and impact the effects of climate change in our communities through the financing of sustainable housing. Since its founding, CPC has invested over $12 billion to finance the creation and preservation of more than 220,000 units of housing through its lending and investing platforms. CPC is a carbon neutral company and has been rated AA- by S&P. Visit CPC at communityp.com, and on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.