Industry Letters

(Originally published June 30, 2004)

Industry Letter


Federal/State/City Agencies and Government-sponsored Enterprises


U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD is a primary funder of all three use categories of supportive housing (capital, operating, services).  Within HUD, there are a variety of programs and funding sources, ranging from the Supportive Housing Program to Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS. Detailed information is included in the HUD web site, located at: 


Marisel Morales
Regional Director
New York City Regional Office
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Jacob K. Javits Federal Building `
26 Federal Plaza
Room 3541
New York, New York 10278-0068
Phone: (212) 264-8000
Fax: (212) 264-2780 

Robert Scofield
Field Office Director
Albany Field Office
52 Corporate Circle
Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518) 464-4200
Fax: (518) 464-4300
Stephen Banko
Field Office Director
Buffalo Field Office
Lafayette Court
465 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 551-5755
Fax: (716) 551-3814
Frank McKay
Director of Field Operations
Syracuse Field Office
128 E. Jefferson Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 477-0616
Fax: (315) 477-0196 

The Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) 

The Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program (AHP) provides gap financing for affordable housing projects that can include transitional and permanent supportive housing.  The subsidy may be provided in the form of a grant or a below market interest rate loan from the FHLB to a member lender bank that is partnering with a housing developer (typically a non-profit organization).  The program is accessed through FHLB member banks (typically savings and loan institutions), which apply on behalf of the non-profit sponsor organization to the regional FHLB.   


Donald J. Wolff
Senior Vice President
Community Investment Administration
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York
101 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10178-0599
Phone: (212) 681-6000
Fax: (212) 441-6890 

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 

VA offers a number of special programs and initiatives specifically designed to help homeless veterans live as self-sufficiently and independently as possible. VA’s Supported Housing Program, administered with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides permanent housing and ongoing treatment services to the harder-to-serve homeless mentally ill veterans and those suffering from substance abuse disorders.

A list of statewide VA Homeless Veteran Program Coordinators is included in the VA web site, located at: 


New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) 

DHCR is responsible for the supervision, maintenance and development of affordable low- and moderate-income housing in New York State. DHCR engages in a number of Community Development activities in fulfillment of this mission, including the administration of housing development and community preservation programs, including State and Federal grants and loans to housing developers to partially finance construction or renovation of affordable housing.

DHCR is responsible for the Housing Trust Fund (HTF), which awards grants and loans to private, nonprofit and government housing sponsors to construct and rehabilitate low-income housing. Community Development staff of DHCR also serve as staff to the Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Corporation - a public benefit corporation that provides State-funded loans and grants to both for-profit and not-for-profit entities to develop housing for low-income families, tenants with special needs and the low-income elderly. Community Development staff also administer the State's Neighborhood and Rural Preservation programs, which provide administrative funding to local non-for-profit organizations that carry out housing preservation and development activities within their communities. Additionally, Community Development administers the allocation of Federal low-income housing tax credits across the State. DHCR’s comprehensive web site contains information on the agency’s wide variety of programs, located at 


Debra A. Devine
Regional Director
Community Development
NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal
Capital District Regional Office
Hampton Plaza
38-40 State St., 9th Floor
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 486-5012
Email: [email protected] 

New York City Regional Office:
Deborah Boatright
Regional Director
25 Beaver St., 7th Floor
New York, New York 10004
Phone: (212) 480-7644 

Buffalo Regional Office:
Thomas Van Nortwick
Regional Director
Statler Towers
107 Delaware Avenue, Suite 600
Buffalo, New York 14202
Phone: (716) 842-2244 ext. 221 

Syracuse Regional Office:
Vernita King
Regional Director
800 South Wilbur Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: (315) 473-6930 

New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA) 

The goal of the HFA is to improve the lives of New Yorkers by providing low cost, flexible financing for the creation and preservation of high quality, affordable multifamily housing.  HFA advances this goal by lending the proceeds of federally tax-exempt private activity bonds, taxable bonds, or tax-exempt 501(c)(3) bonds to provide low-cost mortgages to private and not-for-profit developers. HFA’s 501(c)(3) Bond Financing Program makes the proceeds of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt bonds available to non-profit organizations for the rehabilitation and preservation of existing affordable multifamily rental housing projects, including projects serving populations with special needs. The 501(c)(3) program also provides financing for the new construction of projects serving those same populations. The special needs category includes senior rental housing, senior assisted living facilities, housing for the homeless and for the handicapped. HFA also administers the New York State Homeless Housing Assistance Corporation. 


New York Office:
NYS Housing Finance Agency
641 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 688-4000 

Albany Office:
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 434-2118 

Buffalo Office:
107 Delaware Avenue
Suite 620
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 853-1548 

Long Island Office:
SUNY Old Westbury
233 Store Hill Road
Suite H209
Old Westbury, NY 11568
Phone: (516) 334-7815 

New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) 

OTDA administers an array of programs to address homelessness in New York State, ranging from programs to prevent homelessness to the construction of housing for homeless persons. The Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP) of OTDA provides capital grants and loans to not-for-profit corporations, charitable and religious organizations, municipalities and public corporations to acquire, construct or rehabilitate housing for persons who are homeless and are unable to secure adequate housing without special assistance. The program provides capital funding for the development of a broad range of housing options for the diverse homeless population in the state’s urban, suburban and rural areas. 


Mr. Richard Umholtz
Bureau of Supported Housing Development
New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
40 North Pearl Street 9th floor section D
Albany, New York 12243
Phone: (518) 473-5868
Fax: (518) 486-7068
Email: [email protected] 

New York City: 

New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) 

The ACS Office of Housing Policy and Development (HPAD) works to maximize the availability and effective utilization of housing resources for children and families in ACS’s care. To this end, HPAD administers ACS-related Section 8 programs, develops transitional and permanent supportive housing for Independent Living clients, provides training and technical assistance on accessing rent-subsidy programs and developing supportive housing, and works with private landlords and realtors to increase the availability of appropriate housing units for families and Independent Living youth. HPAD also conducts research focusing on the housing needs of individuals and families with foster care histories. 


New York City Administration for Children’s Services
150 William Street 18th Floor
New York, NY 10038 
Phone: (877) KIDSNYC 

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) 

HPD is the largest municipal developer of affordable housing in the nation.  HPD works with its governmental, community, non-profit and for-profit partners to strengthen neighborhoods, increase the availability of well-maintained, affordable housing and enable more New Yorkers to become homeowners. Tax Credits are awarded by HPD to qualified low-income housing projects in New York City. Typically, HPD allocates $10-$12 million in credits per year to 40 or more projects with a total of 1,200 low income units.  HPD’s Supportive Housing Loan Program provides financing to not-for-profit organizations to develop supportive housing for homeless single adults, including people suffering from disabilities such as mental illness and AIDS.  


Jessica Katz
Division of Special Needs Housing
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
100 Gold Street
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 863-6469
Email: [email protected] 

New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) 

The mission of DHS, in partnership with public and private agencies, is "to provide temporary emergency shelter for eligible people in a safe, supportive environment.” DHS works with about 150 non-profit and other organizations to deliver shelter and related services to homeless New Yorkers. DHS also seeks proposals to develop and operate several different types of facilities. 


Linda Gibbs 
NYC Department of Homeless Services
33 Beaver Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 361-8000 

New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) 

HDC is a public benefit corporation established to finance the creation and preservation of affordable housing throughout the five boroughs of New York City.  In addition to issuing notes and bonds to raise capital for affordable housing, HDC has committed its own corporate reserve funds to the production of low-, moderate-, and middle-income and homeless housing. 


New York City Housing Development Corporation
110 William Street
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 227-5500
Email: [email protected] 

Not-for-profit Financing Intermediaries 

Capital District Community Loan Fund (CDCLF) 

CDCLF is a community-based nonprofit financial institution that promotes sustainable community development efforts for economically underserved people and communities in the Capital Region.  CDCLF lends to non-profits for the development of affordable housing or other facilities, including loans for working capital, site acquisition, rehabilitation and new construction. 


Bob Radliff
Executive Director
Capital District Community Loan Fund
255 Orange Street, Suite 103
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 436-8586
Fax: (518) 689-0086
Email: [email protected] 

Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) 

The Corporation for Supportive Housing helps communities create permanent housing with services to prevent and end homelessness. CSH provides advice and development expertise, makes loans and grants to supportive housing sponsors and strives to reform public policy to make it easier to create and operate supportive housing. Headquartered in New York, CSH offers financial assistance to expedite supportive housing development projects, enabling them to better prepare and compete for funding. 


Constance Tempel 
Program Director
Corporation for Supportive Housing
50 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 986-2966
Fax: (212) 986-6552
Email: [email protected] 

Enterprise Foundation 

The Enterprise Foundation works with partners to provide low-income people with affordable housing, safer streets and access to jobs and childcare.  The Enterprise Social Investment Corporation (ESIC), founded in 1984 as a subsidiary of the Enterprise Foundation, works with partners to finance, develop and acquire affordable housing and other community development initiatives in underserved neighborhoods across the country. ESIC undertakes a variety of initiatives in fulfillment of its mission, including low-income housing tax credits, permanent financing and housing development.  ESIC equity funds are invested in a wide range of rental housing developments – for families, the elderly, individuals and people with special needs. 


Rafael Cestero
Enterprise New York
80 Fifth Avenue
Seventh Floor
New York, New York 10011
Phone: (212) 262-9575
Fax: (212) 262-9635
Email: [email protected] 

Alma Balonon-Rosen
Enterprise Upstate New York
183 E. Main Street, Suite 1324
Rochester, New York 14604
Phone: (585) 454-2750
Fax: (585) 454-3847
Email: [email protected]

Leviticus 25:23 Alternative Fund 

Leviticus 25:23 Alternative Fund was founded in 1983 as a community development revolving loan fund by church groups located in the New York metropolitan area who are members of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment. The organization’s goal is to provide credit in the form of loans to community-based organizations and to women/minority entrepreneurs. The organizations provides housing loans of up to $600,000 to not-for-profit community based organizations for the development of affordable housing that will benefit low-income individuals and families or special needs populations. They also provide financing for the development of not-for-profit facilities. 


Leviticus 25:23 Alternative Fund
928 McLean Avenue
Yonkers, NY 107804-4103
Phone: (914) 237-3306
Fax:  (914) 237-3916
Email: [email protected] 

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is the nation’s largest community development support organization. LISC New York City raises grants, loans and equity for strategic investments in community development organizations.  Its affiliate, the National Equity Fund, Inc. (NEF, Inc.) makes equity investments in supportive housing ventures that serve a wide range of special needs populations.  


Denise Scott
Managing Director
Local Initiatives Support Corporation New York City
501 Seventh Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 455-9800
Fax: (212) 687-1396
Email: [email protected] 

Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) 

CPC is a private mortgage lender specializing in financing low-, moderate- and middle-income housing throughout New York and New Jersey. The organization lends for large and small apartment buildings, occupied or vacant, and for new construction developments.  CPC provides financing for construction, permanent financing, small building loans and preservation financing for cooperative buildings. 


Jack Greene
Senior Vice President
Community Preservation Corporation
28 East 28th Street, 9th Floor
New York, New York 10016-7943.
Phone: (212) 869-5300.
Fax: (212) 683-0694.
Email: [email protected] 

Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) 

LIIF provides affordable capital and technical assistance to organizations working to alleviate poverty in low-income neighborhoods.  LIIF’s revolving loan fund (RLF) makes direct loans to nonprofit developers for the full spectrum of development finance needs - predevelopment, acquisition, acquisition lines of credit, construction, mini-permanent, and interim or bridge loans. LIIF offers loans for non-project needs too, such as operating lines of credit and loans for working capital.  The RLF targets borrowers who find it difficult to secure financing from traditional lending sources.  


Brian Segel
New York Director
Low Income Investment Fund
120 Wall Street, 32nd Floor
New York, NY 10005
Tel: (212) 509-5509
Fax: (212) 509-5593
Email: [email protected] 

Non-Profit Finance Fund (NFF)

NFF is a nonprofit organization that serves the business needs of other nonprofits nationwide. NFF provides financial services -- chiefly loans -- and advisory services to help non-profits meet long-term strategic goals. NFF makes loans for facilities projects, such as new construction, leasehold improvements and relocation, and for other growth-related needs, such as working capital. NFF also provides planning assistance to non-profits. Approximately half of LIIF-financed housing is targeted to people with special needs, including victims of domestic violence, individuals and families faced with homelessness, and people with HIV/AIDS or developmental disabilities.  NFF's loans are designed to help spread the cost of a capital improvement over its useful life, manage cash flow, and support sustainable growth. 


Ian Wiesner or Annie Charles
Nonprofit Finance Fund
70 West 36th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-868-6710
Email: i[email protected] or [email protected]  

Umbrella Organizations (with members who are supportive housing developers)
and Other Supportive Housing Resources  

Bailey House 

Bailey House provides supportive housing for homeless people with HIV/AIDS. The organization is committed to empowering people living with HIV/AIDS, their loved ones and the communities and agencies that serve them to achieve their fullest potential through the development and provision of housing and vital services. Bailey House also offers technical assistance and support to HIV/AIDS service providers.  The organization created and maintains the Bailey House New York City HIV/AIDS Housing Resource Database, listing non-profit agencies in New York City (all five boroughs) that offer HIV/AIDS supportive housing and HIV/AIDS housing support services (including housing placement assistance).  The database is available in hard copy and on-line at: 


Regina R. Quattrochi, Esq.
Executive Director
Bailey House Inc.
275 Seventh Avenue
12th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 633-2500
Fax: (212) 633-2932
Email: [email protected] 

Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) 

The Center for Urban Community Services creates comprehensive, effective housing and service programs for homeless and low-income people, particularly those suffering from serious mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and other disabling conditions. Since its inception in 1979, CUCS has also worked to improve public policy affecting the homeless and dispossessed. CUCS currently sponsors twelve service sites throughout Manhattan and operates a national training and technical assistance program.  CUCS partners with two not-for-profit housing development organizations-Broadway Housing Communities (BHC) and Common Ground Community (CGC)-on its supportive housing projects. BHC and CGC rehabilitate and manage the housing while CUCS provides the on-site supportive services. 


Tony Hannigan
Executive Director
Center for Urban Community Services
120 Wall Street, 25th Floor
New York, New York 10005
Phone: (212) 801-3300
Fax: (212) 801-3325
Email: [email protected] 

Common Ground Community  

Common Ground Community is a non-profit housing and community development organization with a mission is to solve homelessness through innovative programs that transform people, buildings and communities. Common Ground manages about 1,300 units of housing and employs more than 150 people, some of them residents. Common Ground operates employment programs for tenants of supportive housing and owns and operates several social business ventures.  Common Ground relies on a network of partners, including the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) and the Actors Fund, to help provide a full range of support services to tenants. The organization also seeks to assist other programs in the US and around the world in replicating Common Ground's successful supportive housing model. 


David Beer
Director of Housing Development
Common Ground Community
14 East 28th Street, PH
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 389-9327
Fax: (212) 389-9311
Email: [email protected]

Supportive Housing Network of New York (SHNNY) 

The Supportive Housing Network of New York represents the statewide supportive housing community of over 160 non-profit organizations that have developed and operate over 20,000 units of safe, affordable housing with on-site services.  The Network advocates increasing the supply of supportive housing and enables providers to expand their own capacity to develop and innovate. The Network has grown and expanded to its current size of 160 organizations statewide with 100 members in New York City and 60 member agencies located upstate and on Long Island. Their web site,, includes links to each member organization, and is organized by region. 


Maureen Friar 
Executive Director
Supportive Housing Network of NY
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 250 
New York NY 10115
Phone: (212) 870-3303 
Fax: (212) 870-3334
Email: [email protected] 

Upstate Office:

Stephen Piasecki
Supportive Housing Network of NY
761 Madison Avenue 
Albany, NY 12208-3604
Phone: (518) 465-3233 
Fax: (518) 465-4446
Email: [email protected]

Coalition for the Homeless 

The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women, and children. Formed in 1981, the overarching goal of the Coalition is to move beyond warehousing homeless people in shelters by promoting and offering programs that help them regain their dignity and independence.  The Coalition's Advocacy Department works to promote effective, long-term solutions to the problem of modern homelessness through public education, litigation, organizing, and policy research. The Coalition’s 12 direct service programs are designed to engage homeless people, stabilize them, and transition them to self-sufficiency. Their programs include Permanent housing for families, individuals, and people with AIDS, rental assistance with counseling and job training and placement.  The organization also publishes the Coalition for the Homeless Resource Guide, which provides comprehensive information about more than 2,000 services for homeless and low-income New Yorkers—from shelter to housing, from soup kitchens to job training programs. 


Mary Broshanan Sullivan
Executive Director
Coalition for the Homeless
129 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 776-2000
Fax: (212) 964-1303
Email: [email protected]

Albany Office:
Shelly Nortz

Deputy Executive Director for Policy
Coalition for the Homeless
25 Elk Street, Lower Level
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 518-436-5612
Fax: 518-436-5615 

Last Modified February 05, 2008