Who We Are

Better Community Neighborhoods, Inc. (BCNI) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization recently created as the result of a merger between two well-established not-for-profits based in the City of Schenectady, Better Neighborhoods Inc. and the Community Land Trust of Schenectady. BCNI has a critical role in Schenectady’s citywide and comprehensive smart growth plan as the lead organization focused on neighborhood renewal, capital development and related services including housing counseling and financial literacy. BCNI originated in response to expanding opportunities arising from the rapid economic resurgence of the downtown Schenectady’s central business district. In 2017, community leaders from existing development organizations, government, and philanthropy convened to design strategies to bolster and leverage the existing strengths of neighborhood based development efforts. A merger was carefully planned and executed resulting in the formation of a single stronger, strategically positioned organization serving the entire City of Schenectady, a rejuvenated Board of Directors, and financial commitments from local foundations.

What We Do

We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give.  (Winston Churchill)

Grants

Grants may be available for emergency repairs to your home, Grants to resolve Code Violations & Health and Safety issues, and Grants for Accessibility needs.

Rentals/Property Mgmt

The rental program provides affordable housing for low income people in the City of Schenectady.  Rentals play an important role leading to homeownership.

Home Buyer

Eligible first time homebuyers may receive assistance toward their home purchase. The program is available throughout the Capital Region through participating lenders.

Land Trust

A community land trust attempts to meet the needs of residents least served by the prevailing market. CLT’s prohibit speculation and absentee ownership of land and housing, promote ecologically sound land-use practices,  and preserve the long-term affordability of housing.

Large Developments

BCNI develops, prepare, and execute complex affordable housing development projects such as (but not limited to) 4% and 9% tax credit deals

Counseling

BCNI provides assistance for those in need of Credit, Housing or Foreclosure counseling.  BCNI offers counseling to review credit, create budgets and discuss ways to improve overall finances.

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