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Watch the recording - Before You Sign... A workshop designed to help faith communities better understand the real estate development process.


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"On Thursday, May 19, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM the Partnership for Faith-Based Affordable Housing and Community Development will present "Before You Sign...", a workshop designed to help faith communities better understand the real estate development process. In the face of great financial pressures made more difficult by the COVID-19 pandemic, many houses of worship are considering selling or re-developing their property. In this workshop, we will cover the steps to take before pursuing a deal, and ways to advocate for the best possible outcome for you and your community when working through the development process."

Panelists Include:

Jason Labate, Partner, Goldstein Hall Attorneys at Law

The Reverend Dr. William Shillady, Executive Director, United Methodist City Society

The Reverend Dustin Wright, Pastor, Messiah Lutheran Church, Rotterdam

Willy Zambrano, Partner, Zambrano Architectural Design

The Reverend Peter Cook, Executive Director, New York State Council of Churches

The Partnership is funded by a grant from Trinity Church Wall Street and is comprised of Bricks and Mortals, Interfaith Affordable Housing Collaborative, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing and the New York State Council of Churches. Together, we offer guidance and forgivable loans to houses of worship of all faiths wishing to repurpose their property to serve their communities including the building of affordable housing. We also help congregations look at their options for energy use and to promote policies which address the affordable housing crisis including encouraging landlords to accept Emergency Housing Vouchers.

For more guidance on the pre-development process please see,

You can also contact Kevin Ritter, Program Manager, at for more information about Predevelopment

To participate in our Interfaith Landlord Locator Project go to:

For energy consultation for your congregation, contact, Peter Cook, at or 508-380-8289.

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Event Summary

Zoom Event
Start Time:
May 19, 2022

2:00 pm

End Time:
May 19, 2022 3:30 PM
Time Zone:
Zoom event
UTC-4 [EDT] Eastern Daylight Time