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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Program (NEP)
NEP building in Harlem
221 East 111 Street, Manhattan
Rehabilitated through NEP
NEP enables neighborhood-based private property managers to own and manage clusters of occupied and vacant City-owned buildings. By focusing on small, locally based entrepreneurs, HPD is rebuilding local real estate capacity in addition to insuring quality management and maintenance for the buildings. Entrepreneurs apply to participate in the program through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process. HPD and the Enterprise Foundation then evaluate respondents who have passed minimum threshold requirements. Respondents with relevant experience who meet additional selection criteria are chosen to participate in the program.

Buildings selected for NEP are sold to the Neighborhood Partnership Housing Development Fund Corporation (NPHDFC), a subsidiary of the Enterprise Foundation, for $1 each and then leased to the entrepreneurs. The properties are eligible for Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and local real property tax abatements to reduce development and operating costs. Proceeds from the sale of LIHTC provide for a portion of the capital needs, as well as the operating and social service needs of the project.

The entrepreneurs plan and oversee the rehabilitation and design of the buildings, screen and recommend general contractors, and obtain - with the assistance of NPHDFC - a private construction loan for the rehabilitation work. The entrepreneur is also partnered with a local not-for-profit entity that assists with building stabilization and provides tenant support and training. Operating subsidies flowing through the tax credits will keep rents affordable for existing tenants. Construction financing is provided by commercial banks. HPD provides permanent financing through a mix of City Capital and Federal HOME funds at a cost of approximately $120,000 per unit.

Program Director: Jason Paukowits  
For additional information on NEP, please call (212) 863-5285


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