Building Capacity Course

Building Capacity Course


The 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. The 2019 Building Capacity Course will take place monthly, on select Monday evenings from 5:30pm-7:00pm, from March through October, 2019, in lower Manhattan. Dates and exact location will be confirmed upon acceptance. 

Topics include:

  • Intro to Affordable Housing: New Construction and Special Needs Housing
  • Intro to Affordable Housing: Preservation
  • Assembling a Team / Joint Ventures
  • Tax Incentives
  • Predevelopment Financing
  • Underwriting
  • Responding to HPD RFPs/Qs
  • Navigating ULURP / Community Engagement
  • Marketing and Homeless Placements
  • Asset Management

How to Apply

The application for the 2019 Building Capacity Course is now closed.

Individuals from entities that have completed previous Building Capacity workshops will be invited to sign up for a limited number of slots on a per workshop basis, but should not apply to participate in the full series.

For questions about the course or upcoming classes, contact

Building Capacity Course Graduates

Group photo of the 2016 MWBE Academy Graduates

Since 2014, over 60 M/WBE firms and nonprofit organizations have gained valuable insights into and connections with the affordable housing industry. View the full list of participants or find select graduate bios below.

Brian Benjamin
Raymond Bonhomme
R. Christopher Bramwell
Joan Brothers
Thomas Campbell
Felicia Colon
Jill Crawford
Angel Cuevas
Sandra Erickson
Ramon Escobar
Donald Eversley
Peter Fontanes
Corey Galloway
Nicholas Garland
Bernell Hall
Robert Horsford
Alyah Horsford-Sidberry
Karim Hutson
Osagie Ighodaro
Andrea Kretchmer
Nancy Lepre
Nicole Lloyd-Abdou
Nicole Lockett
Alexis McSween
Kenneth Morrison
Danielle Noak
Mark O'Luck
Nancooar Rajcooar
Miriam Rodriguez
Beatrice Sibblies
Annie Tirschwell
Josue Velazquez
Norberto Velazquez
Dawanna Williams
Alan Yu