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Brian Benjamin Wins New York State Senate Seat! Congratulations, Senator!

We are so excited for his journey.  For more information click here.  

Our very own, Brian Benjamin, endorsed by Gov. Cuomo for NY State Senate!

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Development is Underway for Affordable Housing Project in Jersey City!

The new residential project in Jersey City will be known as the Dr. Lena Frances Edwards Apartments.  Read full article here

Karim Hutson reflecting on the partnerships that formed the NYC Acquisition Fund

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Real Estate’s Diversity Problem

Karim Hutson joins more than 70 others as they discuss demographics in the real estate industry.  Read the article here.

Genesis Companies partners with the First Corinthian Baptist Church’s opening of the HOPE Center

We are honored to have partnered with FCBC as they continue to make a powerful impact, with the mental health center, in the Harlem Community.  Check out the full article here

East Orange Housing Project Awarded $2.17 Million from FHLBNY !

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Making Harlem Home

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Randall’s Island Park Alliance Trustee, Karim Hutson, represented in the Run the River 5K

Newly appointed Trustee, Karim Hutson of Genesis Companies, LLC was represented well by these lovely ladies at the Randall's Island Park Alliance Run the River 5K on October 29th. This run was an effort towards protecting and restoring Randall’s Island’s beautiful shoreline and wetland areas which provide habitat for endangered species, improve water quality, and offer space to host environmental education programs.

Fulop Administration Breaks Ground on 64 Unit Affordable Residential Project in Greenville

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Chair of Community Board No.10, Brian Benjamin!

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Congratulations to Brian Benjamin for being a recipient of the Man of Distinction Award!

Assembly Member Keith L. T. Wright and I will host a Men of Distinction Awards Ceremony to recognize men who are making strides impacting their local communities. These are men who have made a great impact on the community, through professional or voluntary endeavors. We recognize that you exemplify these qualities and we would like to honor you as a Man of Distinction. -Council Member Inez E. Dickens

The newly elected Vice Chair of the New York Real Estate Chamber Board, Brian Benjamin!

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Years After Fleeing Violence, Man Returns to Harlem to Make a Difference

HARLEM — Brian Benjamin was only 4 years old when his mom chose to move out of their apartment on 147th Street and Amsterdam Avenue to escape ongoing neighborhood violence.

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Congratulations to Brian Benjamin for being a Crain’s 40 under 40 Honoree!

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Keeping Neighborhoods Affordable: Mayor de Blasio and Local Officials Tour $70 Million, 28-Building Rehabilitation Project Underway in Harlem

March 14, 2016

Partnership with M/WBE firm will keep over 350 apartments affordable for low ­income families for next 30 years

Tenants receiving new bathrooms and kitchens, upgrades to security, lighting and common areas

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Member Inez Dickens today visited a $70 million, 28­building rehabilitation project underway in Harlem. The massive affordable housing preservation project will repair apartments, improve the buildings and keep the rents of 358 apartments affordable to low­income families for the next 30 years.

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Assemblyman Wright and community leaders laud affordable housing in Harlem

Genesis Companies, an MWBE firm committed to the development of affordable housing citywide, was joined by New York State Assembly Housing Chairman Keith L.T. Wright, HPD Assistant Commissioner Susan Kensky, community leaders and elected officials to recognize the public-private collaboration between the City of New York and Genesis Companies.

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Developer building affordable housing complex in Jersey City

A New York-based developer will build a 64-unit apartment complex in Jersey City that will be entirely reserved for low- and moderate-income housing, city officials said Tuesday.
The firm, the Genesis Companies, will develop the property known as the Lena Frances Edwards Apartment buildings at 445 Ocean Ave., replacing a blighted property that has been demolished, according a to a news release. Five of the units will be dedicated to housing homeless veterans, while the overall complex will include 12 one-bedroom units, 36-two bedroom units and 16 three-bedroom units. Read article HERE

Rev. Calvin Butts seeks salvation for the church-based organization that resurrected Harlem

At least one major sale appears to have gone smoothly. This past May, Abyssinian sold 28 brownstones and low-rise apartment buildings for $26 million to a lower Manhattan-based group called Genesis Cos. The firm is run by Karim Hutson and Brian Benjamin, native New Yorkers who met at Harvard, where the Pathmark development was a case study in their business-school class. To Butts, these young developers personify everything he's tried to achieve.

“These are minority developers, young black men, and would they get an opportunity if not for me making sure they got it?” he said. “Back in the '80s when this land was available, no black developer had a chance at it.”  Read More

Political Climate Clouds MF Market

NEW YORK CITY—The Rent Guidelines Board’s unprecedented vote this past June for a freeze on rates for one-year leases in rent-stabilized apartments hasn’t exactly put a freeze on multifamily investment sales here.

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Jersey City affordable housing stock rises

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced on July 23 that 285 units of new affordable housing have been approved over the past three months and nearly $6 million of Affordable Housing Trust Fund dollars have been invested in projects citywide as the administration forges a state model on how to create affordable housing alongside market rate development. 

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New affordable housing projects approved in Jersey City

Nearly 300 units of affordable housing have been approved over the past three months in Jersey City, while nearly $6 million of affordable housing trust fund dollars have been invested in projects across the city, Mayor Steve Fulop announced today. 

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Brown Corporation elects 11 new trustees

At its May meeting, the Corporation of Brown University elected 11 new trustees and officially accepted more than $25 million in new gifts to the University. The Corporation’s Board of Fellows approved the awarding of more than 2,400 degrees at the 247th Commencement Sunday, May 24, 2015. 

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Certificate of Achievements

Genesis Companies received a certificate of achievement for completing the 2014-2015 Capacity Building Course for M/WBE Affordable Housing Developers

Brian Benjamin: Doing Business in Black Communities for the Benefit of Black People

BlackEnterprise.com was able to talk to Benjamin regarding the basis of the reason Genesis Companies has been in existence for over 10 years and growing stronger as more projects land on his plate.  Read Article

Few builders likely to win affordable-housing bids

"Others might try, but meeting Mayor Bill de Blasio's goals requires a record of getting things done." Read article

Many join forces in effort to help veterans find homes in New Jersey

"Montgomery’s life took a turn for the better when he heard about new housing being developed by Genesis Companies and the development arm of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Franklin Township." Read article

$15M, 64-unit housing opens in Somerset

"Affordable housing for seniors and veterans meets the needs of fixed incomes." Read article

New Jersey’s First Affordable Green Project Now Complete

Genesis Companies received accolades for being the first 100% affordable, green residential building in the state of New Jersey.

Ribbon-cutting for affordable housing building in Jersey City

Comments by Jersey City Mayor Jeremiah Healy, housing activist Lavern Webb-Washington, and developer Karim Hutson on Webb Apartments. Read article

Karim Hutson’s Comments at Webb Apartment Ribbon Cutting

Karim Hutson’s speech presented at the opening ceremony for Webb Apartments. Read article

40 “green” affordable units – the ribbons cut.

The Jersey Journal’s press coverage of Webb Apartment’s ribbon cutting.

Webb Apartments: Affordable LEED for Homes in Jersey City

Genesis Companies completes the first affordable housing project in Jersey City to earn LEED certification.

Affordable green living coming to N.J.

Webb Apartments is the first affordable building in New Jersey to receive the LEED-Homes Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Building a School Experience

Councilman Donald J. Payne Jr. gives his support in Genesis partnership in the redevelopment of Fairmont Avenue.

Jersey City Green Award, 2008

Webb Apartments receives Urban Redevelopment Award from the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority.

Top Young Developer Award, Real Estate New Jersey, July/August 2008

Karim Hutson named a top young developer in the state of New Jersey. Read article

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