Better Community Neighborhoods, Inc.

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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 Schenectadyโ€™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 Schenectadyโ€™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.

Our Mission

“To build and support resilient neighborhoods where residents of all backgrounds can flourish.”

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Happy World Emoji Day from BCNI! ๐ŸŽ‰ Emojis bring color and expression to our digital conversations, just like how BCNI brings vibrancy to our community through ๐Ÿ  homeownership opportunities, ๐Ÿ’ต financial literacy, and ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ neighborhood revitalization. Let's celebrate the diversity of emojis and the diversity within our community. Drop your favorite emoji in the comments below!
๐Ÿ โœจ At BCNI, we're dedicated to making homeownership dreams a reality! Whether you're looking for down payment assistance, homebuyer education, or grants for home repairs, we're here to support you every step of the way. Our housing counseling department provides advocacy, support, and essential resources to guide you through the home buying journey. Discover how BCNI can help you achieve your goals and secure your future home. Contact us today to learn more!
It's been a really hot week with high humidity! At BCNI, we want you to stay safe and comfortable this summer. Here are 5 tips to keep cool:

๐Ÿ’ง Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body cool and prevent dehydration.

๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ Use Fans and Air Conditioning: Make use of fans and air conditioning to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.

๐Ÿ‘• Wear Light Clothing: Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in light colors to help your body stay cool.

โ˜€๏ธ Avoid Peak Sun Hours: Try to stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

๐Ÿšฟ Cool Showers: Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.

Stay cool and safe out there! From all of us at BCNI.
Happy Independence Day from BCNI!

Today, we celebrate freedom, community, and the pursuit of homeownership for all. As we gather with family and friends, let's also remember the importance of safe, secure housing in building strong communities.

Wishing everyone a joyful and safe Fourth of July!
Curious about what to expect when working with BCNI's Housing Counseling Department? Hereโ€™s what awaits you:

Advocacy: We stand by your side, advocating for your housing needs every step of the way.

Support: Our team offers unwavering support, guiding you through the complexities of the home buying process.

Tools & Resources: Gain access to essential tools and resources tailored to your unique home buying journey.

Ready to make your dream of homeownership a reality? Contact us today to get started!
BCNI is proud to be a Grant Administrator for the State of New York! ๐Ÿก

Our grants provide crucial assistance for homeowners in need:

๐Ÿ”น RESTORE Grants: Emergency repairs for seniors, addressing urgent needs like leaking roofs and no heat.

๐Ÿ”น HOME Grants: Comprehensive repairs on owner-occupied homes, covering everything from roofs to plumbing and lead hazards.

๐Ÿ”น ACCESS Grants: Enhancing mobility within homes with solutions like handicap-accessible bathrooms, chair lifts, and ramps.

๐Ÿ”น Home Buyer Assistance: Helping low-income individuals achieve homeownership with down payment assistance and funding for home rehabilitation.

Our mission is to ensure safe, secure, and affordable housing for all. Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are designed to help residents stay in their homes.

Have questions about grants or need more information? Contact us today!

๐Ÿ“ž Call BCNI at 518.372.7616.
BCNIโ€™s Home Buyer Assistance Grant is here to help low-income individuals achieve the dream of homeownership in the City of Schenectady or Montgomery County. If qualified, this grant can assist with down payments, closing costs, and even funding for home rehabilitation.

๐Ÿ“Œ Key Highlights:

- Down Payment Assistance: Get help with initial costs.
- Closing Costs: Financial aid to finalize your purchase.
- Home Rehabilitation: Funding for necessary repairs within 6 months of purchase.

To ensure a successful home buying journey, all applicants must receive pre-purchase assistance from a BCNI Housing Counselor.

Ready to take the first step? Contact our housing counseling team today!

๐Ÿ“ž For more information, call BCNI at 518.372.7616.
Happy Juneteenth! Today, we commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and celebrate freedom, resilience, and the ongoing fight for equality. Juneteenth is a time to honor the strength and contributions of the Black community and to reflect on our collective journey towards justice.

At BCNI, we stand committed to fostering inclusive and resilient neighborhoods where everyone can thrive. Letโ€™s continue to work together for a future of equality and opportunity for all. ๐Ÿ–คโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’š


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