NCLB offers several opportunities to
purchase property from our inventory.
house to home
Through the House to Home program, NCLB helps City of Newburgh residents become first-time homebuyers by making fully renovated residences available for owner-occupancy. Prospective participants must have a family household income under 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI)* - about $65,000 for a family of 4 - and have lived in Newburgh for at least five years. Our partner PathStone assists in evaluating applicants and provides no-cost home buyer education and counseling, as well as access to their downpayment and closing cost assistance programs.
The program’s first two properties at 53 & 55 Farrington are currently pending sale. We look forward to making available 4-5 more properties through 2017.
neighbors for neighborhoods
NCLB is one of only six land banks selected to participate in Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s N4N pilot program, which is providing a total of up to $4 million in subsidies for everyday New Yorkers to rehabilitate vacant neighborhood property into affordable rental housing. The initiative was inspired in part by our past project at 13 Chambers Street, which features an owner-occupied commercial unit and three affordable apartments. Details of the N4N program, including available properties, will be made available soon. To read more about the program, see the AG's press release through the following link:
habitat for humanity
Building on the success of prior projects with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh, we look forward to continuing to work together to create high quality, affordable home ownership opportunities for up to 10 families over the next two years. To learn more about our most recent work together on South Miller Street, click on the link below:
nclb partners with similarly mission-oriented developers on scattered site and individual projects within our target neighborhoods.
If you are interested in partnering with the land bank, we accept proposals for development projects on a rolling basis as properties and funding become available. Using a combination of existing and new inventory, we have facilitated select scattered site affordable rental projects in our target area that build work we are doing in the neighborhood. We consider proposals from non-profit or similarly mission-oriented developers with the capacity and commitment to this community.
OUR CREATIVE INITIATIVES GO BEYOND OUR EFFORTS TO TRANSFER AND SELL PROPERTY, TO EXPLORE WAYS WE CAN BETTER BUILD OUR NEIGHBORHOODS & COMMUNITY.
ARTIST IN VACANCY
NCLB’s Artist in Vacancy pilot is the first initiative to make use of the properties in our holdings that have proven the most difficult to transfer or sell. We have selected properties in our core neighborhood, within a block of each other, and in close proximity to our offices, to offer as sites to create work that will engage the community and promote arts & cultural production in the City of Newburgh. This pilot is pivotal to NCLB’s effort to launch creative initiatives as an integral part of our approach to Newburgh’s economic and community development.
DEMO & SALVAGE
Our goal at the NCLB is to take every effort to rehabilitate and save the existing historic fabric of our neighborhoods within the means of our organization to stabilize and remediate vacant and abandoned properties towards their future productive use. Unlike other land banks who have relied heavily on demolition to remove blight, we see the material, cultural and historic value of our buildings as worth preserving. In the rare cases we are not able to save a building, we explore the option to demolish the building through a deconstruction process, that creates local jobs, and salvages any re-usable material from the properties. In doing this, we address the safety and liability of structural hazards that long standing collapsed vacant buildings have on their neighbors, and conscientiously move towards new development by salvage part of the past.
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The City of Newburgh, the Newburgh Community Land Bank (NCLB), and the Downing Park Planning Committee with the support of Community Development Block Grant funding have embarked on this project to restore activity and programming at the former greenhouses at Downing Park. The Downing Park Urban Farm will be a place for the residents of Newburgh to learn more about urban farming and provide a pathway to self-sufficient methods of food production and sustainability within the city.