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The GSECDC, which changed its name from Jersey City Episcopal CDC in January (2011), is looking to push through with a project in Jersey City’s Greenville neighborhood as well as provide affordable housing in Bayonne, Union City and Passaic County. As they prepare to move forward, they will also celebrate their previous success with a gala at...

A foreclosed home in Jersey City will soon be acquired and revitalized by the Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation (GSECDC) thanks to a $75,000 grant from the people at Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. The grant for the two-story home comes as part of an effort to...

Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation will be holding an inter-faith Homeless Memorial Service Wednesday, December 21st, to...

The families, city officials, and staff members of the Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corp. joined together yesterday to cut the ribbon on the five new two-family buildings at 34, 36 and 40 Van Nostrand Ave. and 15 and 17 Oak St.

The Storms Avenue Community Garden (SACG) is collaboration between the Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation (GSECDC), Bergen Communities United (BCU), New City Kids (NCK) and community volunteers. The garden site is owned by GSECDC and is located

Jersey City will honor a handful of developers, organizations and individuals next week at its fourth annual Green Awards ceremony in City Hall.

“The Green Awards is our way of thanking and recognizing the City’s green pioneers,” Mayor Jerramiah Healy says. “These awards are part of a community of trail blazers who are lending our environmentally responsible development approach now taking hold in our city and the state.”

Earlier this month, the GSECDC broke ground on a new project featuring five two-family homes that will eventually have owner-occupants and tenants. The homes, located at 34-40 Van Nostrand Avenue and 15-17 Oak Street, are being sold to eligible moderate-income buyers to facilitate increased home ownership among Jersey City residents who typically wouldn’t be able to purchase their own properties.

The Obama Administration announced last week that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is renewing grant funding needed to keep 10 Hudson County homeless assistance programs operating. The funding is part of nearly $1.4 billion that will help 6,400 existing programs nationwide to continue offering critically needed housing and services to homeless persons and families. Garden State Episcopal CDC was one on many Hudson County organizations to receive funding.

And once again, a coalition including the Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation (GSECDC) and the Church of the Incarnation are holding an interfaith Homeless Memorial Service to remember those who have died from causes related to homelessness, and to raise awareness of the people who continue to live and die on Hudson County’s streets this winter.

“The training and increased technological capacity we have gained has allowed us to successfully compete in this market and become the state’s first Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grantee to acquire, rehab and resell an NSP home,”  says GSECDC real estate director John Restrepo. 

The Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation (GSECDC) will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for what it is heralding as “the first new construction on Monticello Avenue in decades,” a seven-unit affordable condo development with ground-floor retail space.

The Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation (GSECDC) on Tuesday purchased a bank-owned foreclosed home on Jewett Avenue for $250,000. The nonprofit will rehab the home and then sell it to a middle-income first-time home buyer, as part of the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which offers grant money to stabilize neighborhoods that have been ravished by foreclosures and subsequent abandonment.

John Restrepo, the director of GSECDC’s real estate division, says that there will be between 15 and 20 open spots in the workshops, which he hopes to run each month. The entire program is free of charge and open only to Jersey City residents who meet certain eligibility requirements, since it is being funded by a federal Community Service Block Grant.

Specifically, the money will go to GSECDC’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which calls for the development of 93 units of affordable mixed-income housing, housing education and foreclosure prevention over a three year period. Most of the housing units include the acquisition, rehab/new construction and resale/rental of foreclosed or abandoned properties, in an effort to curb the negative effects foreclosures and vacant units can have on a community.