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 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.

Our Mission

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

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Ready to embark on your journey to homeownership from the comfort of your own home? Join us for BCNI's convenient Online Homebuyers Education Workshop, available on-demand!

🎓 Gain insights directly from seasoned professionals including Realtors, Real Estate Attorneys, Loan Officers, Inspectors, and Insurance agents as they guide you through the homebuying process.

This comprehensive course covers essential topics such as:

✔️ What to look for when purchasing a home
✔️ Understanding different mortgage products
✔️ Roles of various professionals in the homebuying process
✔️ Strategies for protecting your investment
✔️ Step-by-step guidance through the purchasing process and much more!

Access the workshop online at your convenience, and complete it at your own pace. Upon completion, simply call 518-372-7616 to collect your Certificate of Completion.

Don't miss this opportunity to equip yourself with the knowledge and tools necessary for successful homeownership. Enroll now and take the first step towards achieving your homeownership dreams! Visit our website for more details.
At BCNI, our values are the guiding principles that shape everything we do. They define who we are as an organization and how we serve our community.

🤝 Integrity: We uphold the highest standards of honesty, transparency, and ethical behavior in all our interactions.

🌱 Community: We believe in the power of community and are committed to building strong, resilient neighborhoods where everyone can thrive.

💼 Dedication: We are dedicated to our mission of creating opportunities for all individuals to achieve their goals and fulfill their potential.

🤝 Collaboration: We recognize that collaboration is key to creating lasting change, and we work closely with our partners and stakeholders to achieve our shared goals.

🌍 Sustainability: We are committed to sustainable practices that protect the environment and promote the well-being of future generations.

💫 These values guide us in everything we do, from providing housing counseling services to supporting community development initiatives. Together, we can build a brighter future for all.
🌸 Happy Mother's Day! 🌷

Today, we celebrate the incredible women who have shaped our lives with their love, wisdom, and strength. Whether you're a mother, grandmother, aunt, or mentor, your impact is immeasurable.

On this special day, let's honor and cherish the remarkable women who have nurtured and guided us. Take a moment to show your appreciation and gratitude to the mothers in your life.

💖 Wishing all mothers a day filled with love, joy, and cherished memories. Happy Mother's Day from all of us at BCNI!
Dreaming of homeownership in Schenectady or Montgomery County? BCNI is here to make it a reality with our Down Payment Assistance Program!

✔️ Qualifying first-time homebuyers can receive assistance with down payments and closing costs. ✔️ Say goodbye to barriers and hello to your dream home with our support. ✔️ Don't miss out on this opportunity to take the first step towards owning your own home!

Contact BCNI today to learn more about our Down Payment Assistance Program and start your journey towards homeownership! 🌟
AIKMLB Holdings, LLC is embarking on its inaugural local development endeavor to foster homeownership opportunities within Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill community. This collaborative initiative brings together AIK Property Group, LLC, and MLB Construction Services, LLC.

The mission of AIKMLB Holdings is twofold: to breathe new life into Summit Avenue while fostering homeownership opportunities, thereby generating equity and localized wealth, particularly among existing community members. This equity holds the potential to evolve into generational wealth for families.

This redevelopment initiative aims to introduce 41 new housing units to the community, repurposing vacant parcels and addressing long-standing blight by demolishing nine (9) dilapidated houses. The envisioned townhomes, spanning 1,300 to 1,600 square feet, boast modern open-concept layouts and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. With an affordable starting price of $139,000, these residences aim to enable first-time homebuyers and families traditionally excluded from homeownership.

Designed to remain accessible, these homes cater to households with annual earnings ranging from $45,000 to $60,000, constituting 70% to 80% of the area median income in Schenectady County. The development team collaborates closely with the City of Schenectady and the Capital Region Land Bank, overseen by the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority. Furthermore, the project seeks financing through the recently unveiled New York State Homeownership Opportunity Program (AHOP), administered by the New York State Homes and Community Renewal agency.
🌟 At BCNI, Our Mission Guides Everything We Do! 🌟

Our mission is simple yet powerful: "To build and support resilient neighborhoods where residents of all backgrounds can flourish." 

Join Us in Building Better Communities!

Together, we can make a difference. Whether it's through homeownership, financial empowerment, or community engagement, let's work hand in hand to create a brighter future for all.
Let BCNI support you through the home buying journey! AIK Property Group, LLC is currently revitalizing nine properties in the City of Amsterdam, utilizing financing from NYS Homes and Community Renewal agency’s Legacy City Access Program. These properties will yield seventeen newly constructed and renovated homes featuring modern open concept designs and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. 

These homes will be made available for sale to first-time home buyers who meet specific income criteria. 🏡
Are you dreaming of owning your first home in Schenectady or Montgomery County? BCNI's Homebuyer Assistance Program is here to make it possible! 🌟⠀
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Our goal is to empower low-income individuals to achieve homeownership by offering assistance with down payments, closing costs, and rehabilitation work on the home.⠀
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🔑 Qualified applicants can benefit from:⠀
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- Financial support for down payments and closing costs⠀
- Funding for home rehabilitation within 6 months of closing⠀
- Affordable mortgage terms to cover the grant's affordability period⠀
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📋 To qualify, homebuyers must:⠀
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- Receive pre-purchase assistance from a BCNI Housing Counselor⠀
- Meet other restrictions and requirements as applicable⠀
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Let BCNI be your guide on the path to homeownership. Our dedicated Housing Counselors will provide the support and resources you need to navigate the homebuying process successfully.⠀
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Don't miss out on this opportunity to turn your homeownership dreams into reality! Contact BCNI today to learn more about our Homebuyer Assistance Program.⠀
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Interested in living in a new home?

Summit Avenue is a new impactful redevelopment project in Schenectady, Hamilton Hill Community. Properties also also available in Amsterdam, NY.