M/WBE Building Opportunity Initiative

HPD is committed to promoting the participation of Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) and non-profit organizations in the development and management of affordable housing subsidized under City-sponsored programs. Through the Building Opportunity Initiative, HPD seeks to:

  • Build the capacity of M/WBE and non-profit developers through professional development, networking, and mentoring programs including the Building Capacity Workshop series;
  • Improve access to capital for M/WBE developers with low-cost financing options for site acquisition and predevelopment costs through the New York City Acquisition Fund;
  • Enhance the ability of M/WBE developers to compete more effectively for HPD support by providing targeted new construction and preservation opportunities, such as the M/WBE Building Opportunity RFP. View the HPD Pre-Qualified List (PQL) of M/WBE Developers;
  • Expand the use of M/WBE construction contractors and professional service providers on HPD-financed development projects through the M/WBE Build Up program

Through these efforts HPD hopes to address demonstrated disparities in M/WBE participation in affordable housing development, strengthen the affordable housing development industry, and further its mission of providing safe and affordable housing to all New Yorkers.

Building Capacity of M/WBE and Non-Profit Developers

HPD has partnered with the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and many valuable supporters to offer the Building Capacity Workshop series designed to introduce M/WBE and non-profit developers to best practices in affordable housing development from site selection, to project financing, to construction and property management. The series, co-presented by HPD staff and industry experts, covers strategies for winning and managing New York City government-supported projects and provides opportunities to network with industry leaders and other developers, contractors, and professional service providers.

Increasing Development and Contracting Opportunities

To address the disparity in M/WBE developer participation, HPD championed state legislation that now permits the agency to take additional steps to encourage M/WBEs' participation in the affordable housing development market. The legislation enabled the creation of a competitive Pre-Qualified List (PQL) of M/WBE developers and a dedicated pipeline of City-owned sites that was competitively solicited through the M/WBE Building Opportunity RFP.

Through HPD's M/WBE Build Up program, projects that are subsidized by the agency will be required to use M/WBEs on the project. The program expects to increase the use of M/WBE contractors, including professional service providers, on development projects. In addition, as required by local law, HPD also requires the use of M/WBEs on certain procurement projects.

The M/WBE Leadership Association

Contact any one of the following community organizations that have received funding through the City Council for personalized guidance on government contracting for potential or City-certified M/WBEs, assistance in connecting entrepreneurs to potential customers, aid in the development of bids and proposals, assistance in securing project financing and bonding, and the promotion and marketing of the City's M/WBE Program:

HPD Build-Out

HPD Build-Out is a networking and contractor seminar series in partnership with the NYC Department of Small Business Services. Visit the HPD Build-Out page for more information and upcoming events. 

Not Yet Certified?

The NYC Online Certification Portal for M/WBEs makes it easier to get certified. For more information, visit NYC Business Solutions.