Building Capacity Course

Developer Building Capacity Course

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The Developer Building Capacity Course is designed for Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) and nonprofit developers seeking opportunities and exposure to best practices in affordable housing development. Participants will learn and expand existing skills in affordable housing development and finance, asset and property management, as well as position their business for effective joint ventures and public-private partnerships. The City has committed to increasing the participation of M/WBE and nonprofit developers in building affordable housing and diverse neighborhoods.

Classes are presented by panels of HPD and private subject matter experts and include topics that will lead you through the steps of affordable housing development. Participation in the workshops do not guarantee work with the City of New York.  

Topics include:

  • Intro to Affordable Housing
  • Assembling a Team / Joint Ventures / CLTs
  • Responding to HPD RFPs/Qs
  • Navigating ULURP
  • Predevelopment Financing
  • HPD Development Programs
  • Underwriting
  • Design and Construction
  • Housing Incentives
  • Asset Management 101: Post Construction Lease-up and Compliance Monitoring

How to Apply

Applications for the Building Capacity course are now closed. To be notified of upcoming rounds (dates TBD), please complete the Building Opportunity Interest Form and note your interest in future develop capacity building programs.

Developer Building Capacity Course Graduates

Group photo of the 2016 MWBE Academy Graduates

Since 2014, over 80 M/WBE firms and nonprofit organizations have gained valuable insights into and connections with the affordable housing industry.

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List of Participants

Alfred Afriyie, Parodneck Foundation (CATCH)
La'Shawn Allen-Muhammad, Central Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation
Hannah Anousheh, East New York Community Land Trust
Daniel Arnow, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation
Juan B. Barahona, SMJ Development LLC
Diego Barberena, Adentro
Adenah Bayoh, Adenah Bayoh & Companies
Shaun Belle, CMC Development Group
Kathleen Bielsa, Northfield Community Local Development Corp.
Melissa Bindra, Vaya Development LLC
Raymond Bonhomme, RBKC LLC
Lee A Braithwaite, Apex Building Company
R. Christopher Bramwell, CB Emmanuel Realty LLC
Joan Brothers, Manhattan Boutique Real Estate Inc
Naim Brown, Carthage Real Estate Advisors
Garfield Bruff, BOSS Partners, LLC DBA BOSS Building Co.
Thomas Campbell, Thorobird Companies, LLC
Joanne Cassidy, Ardent Construction and Development, Inc.
Nelson Chan, AAFE Inc.
Bilal Cheema, Bayport Construction Corp.
Joshua Clennon, Urban Management and Development Inc (UMDI)
Felicia Colon, NMD LLC
Jill Crawford, DACK Consulting Solutions, Inc.
Aleksandra Chancy, DACK Consulting Solutions, Inc.
Kiney Corbett, k corbette realty group llc
Shaun Covington, Covington Realty Services Inc.
Angel Cuevas, DACK Consulting Solutions, Inc.
Ralph Declet, MBT Development Advisors LLC
Emilio Dorcely, Bridge Street Development Corporation
Lisa Downing, Unique People Services Inc.
Maria Tatiana Eck, Salient Development Corp
John Edward Dallas, Interboro Community Land Trust
Sandra Erickson, Sandra Erickson Real Estate Inc.
Ramon Escobar, RSE Management LLC
Donald Eversley, Trans-Urban Communities
Harold Flake, Allen AME Housing Corporation
Peter Fontanes, The Fontanes Group
Michelle Fox, Beulah HDFC, Inc.
Corey Galloway, Legacy Growth Partners
Micki Garcia, Micki Garcia Realty
Nicholas Garland, Hudson Rock Group, Inc.
Charlene Gayle, The Macon Realty
Richard Golding, Metro Contractors LLC
Wylie Goodman, Space2Place
William Guerrero, WG & Associates Management & Development, LLC
Bernel Hall, Halltown Real Estate Advisors, LLC
Alex Hanson, Avante
Zalika Headley, The Headley Firm
LaShawn Henry, Urban Strategies of New York Inc
Sherill Henry, Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement Inc.
Daniel Hoeg, The Hoeg Corporation
Robert Horsford, Apex Building Company, Inc.
Alyah Horsford-Sidberry, Esteem Building Company
Andrew Huggett, Stoney Hill Properties, LLC
Karim Hutson, Genesis
Osagie Ighodaro, Precise Management Inc.
Raj S. Inamdar, Sorani Finance and real Estate
Vogue Jackson, HPD Design
Zedilla Jackson-Preston, JPD Design
Robert Jefferson, Merrill Jefferson Enterprises LLC
Dwayne Jeffrey, Jeffrey Venture Management Corp
Ellen Kackmann, Comunilife
Ericka Keller, Brisa Builders
Andrea Kretchmer, Type A Real Estate Advisors, LLC
Nancy Lepre, Avante Contracting Corporation
Nicole Lloyd-Abdou, I & N Services
Williams R. Lucas, William R. Lucas Realty Services, Inc.
Nnenna Lynch, Xylem LLC DVA Xylem Projects
Meredith McNair, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
Russell Marks, Comunilife
Humberto Martinez, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
Donald Matherson, Almat Urban LLC
Alexis McSween, Bottomline Construction & Development, LLC
Ruben Medina, Distinctive Affordable Housing Solutions. Inc.
Desmonde Monroe, The Monroe Group LLC
Antonio Morales, United Industries & Construction Corp
Robert Morales, JRM Real Estate LLC
Kenneth M. Morrison, Lemor Realty Corp.
Mark O'Luck, MACH Development, LLC
Walter Oden, Oden Development LLC
Elsie Ortiz, PRB Realty Corp.
Nayan Parikh, Ashnuinternational.INC
William Parrish, Noble Strategy NY, Inc.
Chirag Patel, Vaya Restoration Inc
Everett Perry, Urban Ecospaces, Inc
Tamia Perry, Urban Ecospaces, Inc.
Randall Powell, Infinite Horizons, LLC
Roland Powell, Jr. Infinite Horizons, LLC
Trevor Prince, Constructomics, LLC
Nancooar Rajcooar, Rajoy Management Inc.
Sonya Rocvil, Berry Rocvil Enterprises, LLC
Miriam Rodriguez, Innovative Property Management & Development, Inc
Richard Ross, Ross Asset Management
Donnell Selby, The Selby Group LLC
Kevin Shabazz, Greene Developers LLC
Amy Shakespeare, Redtop Architects LLP
Beatrice Sibblies, BOS Development, LLC
Allan Suarez, All Renovation Construction LLC
Dennis J Taylor, The Sabaoth Group, Inc.
Annie Tirschwell, Type A Real Estate Advisors, LLC
Eric Toro, El Barrio Operation Fightback
Ernst Valery, SAA | EVI Development
Peyton Vang, Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation
Norberto Velazquez, JGV Management Corp.
Henry Wan, Tri Plus Group LLC
Bernard Warren, Moses Sole Realty LLC
Dajuan Williams, Solomon Builders Corporation
Dawanna Williams, Dabar Development Partners, LLC
Ttsawainiyah Yisreal, Dan CM Consulting LLC
Alan Yu, Southside United HDFC-Los Sures
Lourdes Zapata, South Bronx Overall Economic Developement Corp (SoBro)