HOCN is here to provide support to community-minded businesses who wish to develop community projects, through urban planning, grant writing, property management and project management.

Working With Us

For years it’s been part of HOCN’s mission to work with community minded businesses to develop sustainable projects that benefit Buffalo’s core communities. Our talented staff works collaboratively to build capacity for organizations to remain relevant in today’s philanthropic climate. Our work helps them become fiscally sustainable through our successful grant writing and grant compliance technical assistance. We have also added in Property and Project management for budding Community Development Corporations newly entering the Affordable Housing work via single and two-family homes as well as multi-family housing up to 12 units.

Planning

HOCN provides urban planning and community engagement services to address organization-specific needs and ensure alignment with foundations, local, state and federal funding sources.

  • Community asset mapping
  • Planning and conducting integrated design charrettes
  • Facilitate public meetings
  • Community needs assessment

Grant Writing

  • Research and submit government grant and loan applications
  • Grant compliance for 12 months post award

Property Management

  • Performing all tasks associated with the operation of property including leasing, rent collections, resident services, maintenance and ensuring compliance with applicable New York State Housing laws and company policies for multi-unit properties.
  • Performs affirmative marketing and rent according to Fair Housing Law.
  • Provides templates for daily operations: leases, work orders, building maintenance plan, tenant handbook.

Project Management

  • Implementing community projects from conception through closing, construction, lease-up (if applicable) and stabilization and for delivering each project on schedule, within budget, and according to New York State Housing Quality Standards.
  • Manage due diligence (once organization has site control), development of the pro forma and financial structuring, funding commitments and cost estimates.
  • Manage design and construction teams to ensure the timeliness, quality, and cost effectiveness of project
  • Manage the funding requisitions process through the life of the project.

For inquiries about Technical Assistance projects, please email our staff.

Recent Clients

  • Aaron Baptist Church
  • Olive Baptist Church
  • Bethesda World Harvest International Church
  • Zion Missionary Baptist Church
  • My Place Homes for the Homeless
  • Reagan Development
  • Breezer Development LLC / Vision Niagara
  • Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY
  • Citizens Alliance, Inc.
HOCN, Mt Aaron Manor Apartments under construction
HOCN, Mt Aaron Manor Apartments ribbon cutting ceremony
HOCN, Mt Aaron Manor Apartments project completed

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