HOW WE WORK

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We know that real estate and community development have a high barrier to entry, and that opportunities are often inaccessible or unknown to many organizations, businesses and communities. We strongly believe in demystifying real estate development and spending considerable time teaching our partners things like how tax credits work and how to navigate zoning and environmental regulatory processes.

We also do all the usual things that developers do: acquiring property, securing land use entitlements, building development teams, securing a range of public and private financing sources, and providing project management services. But we think how and why we perform these typical functions is what differentiates us from most.

By our partners! Nearly all of our projects find us through shared relationships. Sometimes we respond to calls for proposals. Ideally, our partners bring a strong vision for a project that we help to shape and refine. We’ve figured out a development path for many projects that others saw as infeasible.

Our typical partner is a community-based nonprofit organization. We also partner with for-profit businesses that share our values and objectives as well as government agencies.

While we predominantly focus in New York City and New Orleans, we also work farther afield with partners throughout the country.

We work as lead and co- developers, co-owners, and in various consulting roles. All of our projects prioritize shared ownership, decision making and economics. We often remain involved throughout a development’s operations, but we also seek out ways for community-based partners to fully own and control real estate whenever possible.