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Nehemiah Program

Under the Nehemiah Program, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) supports the construction of homes in the East New York and Brownsville sections of Brooklyn developed by East Brooklyn Congregations (EBC), a consortium of over 30 congregations. HPD also works in the Bronx with the South Bronx Congregations (SBC). Involved churches contribute donations into a revolving construction fund while HPD provides below-market rate second mortgages to keep the homes affordable to occupants. HPD also assembles the land and provides it to the developer at a nominal cost to facilitate construction.

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  • Alternative Name(s): East Brooklyn Congregations (EBC) Program, South Bronx Churches (SBC)
  • Supply/Demand: Supply
  • Category: Land and Financing
  • Scale: Medium Scale (between 1,000 and 4,999 units)
  • Timeframe: 1983 - Present
  • Occupancy tenure: Homeownership
  • Construction Type: New Construction, Rehabilitation
  • Building Type: Multi-family, One- to Four-family
  • Developers/Owners: Non-profit, Government
  • Geographic Restrictions: Site-based Development
  • Income Restrictions: Low-income

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