Partnerships, Collaborations and New Initiatives

Albany Center for Economic Success, Inc.: For more information about ACES, click here.

Capital District Homeownership Collaborative: Was a regional effort established in 2001 with the Affordable Housing Partnership,Albany Community Land Trust, Better Neighborhoods, Community Land Trust of Schenectady, TAP and TRIP, with support from the Charitable Leadership Foundation. Helped establish a buyer-broker realty company – Community Realty. For more information, contact 518-434-1840.

Community Development Alliance of the Capital District: Organized in 2009 to increase the collective impact of its member organizations in promoting local community and economic development that results in thriving local businesses and vibrant mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods. Alliance members share common values and vision:

  • Comprehensive and collaborative approach to improving community well-being
  • Social justice, advocacy and community change towards long-term solutions
  • Community involvement and ownership, ground-up development
  • Stewardship of resources and sustainability of approach
  • Highest ethical standards

Members include the Community Loan Fund, Affordable Housing Partnership, Albany Community Land Trust, and United Tenants of Albany. For more information, contact Louise McNeilly at 518-434-1730.

Fox Creek Press: Kirby White’s second novel, Wilder Ponds is now available for $17. His first book, “The Long Stair” a community development mystery novel, is available for $15. All net proceeds from book sales benefit affordable housing, community development and environmental conservation efforts. For more information or to purchase either book, please contact Louise McNeilly at 518-434-1730, x.405.

About The Long Stair

When Jonah Lee was murdered in the office of the Neighborhood Housing Association on Albany’s north side, the police assumed the occasion was armed robbery. But when Warren Crow, a neighborhood resident and affordable housing consultant, volunteered to help the NHA deal with the loss of its extraordinary founder and sole employee, he found that Jonah had been secretly acquiring property for a housing project at the foot of the long stairway that climbs from the run-down Sheridan Hollow neighborhood to Capitol Hill. As Crow gradually comes to understand Jonah’s motive for this puzzling project, he finds himself wanting to finish what Jonah had started — which brings him face to face with the same deadly forces that had killed Jonah Lee.

“The Long Stair is a suspenseful page-turner. In fact it is one of the best mysteries I have read with an upstate setting.”

— John Rowen, The Sunday Gazette

“The Long Stair draws in the reader in numerous ways. As a mystery it entertains; it explores complex issues of urban development and community empowerment, and is set in the familiar landscape of Albany’s Sheridan Hollow. This book is a pleasure to read. I hope it is first in a series of Arbor Hill/West Hill novels by Kirby White.”

— Barbara Smith, Author and Arbor Hill Resident

About Wilder Ponds

Set in a remote region of New York’s unique “public-private” Adirondack Park, Wilder Ponds centers around a conflict over the control of land—the sort of conflict that has aroused strong feelings in the region for years. Elderly land-owner Patrick Wetherby has fallen to his death from the porch of his Adirondack great camp, and the suspicion is that he was pushed by someone who opposed his plans for the 18,000-acre Wilder Ponds tract. No one knows whether he had intended to preserve the land as wilderness or sell it for development of luxurious summer estates. His daughter Eleanor has inherited the land, together with the unanswered questions and brewing threats that surround it. For help, she turns to Albany-based consultant Warren Crow. As he probes the questions, Crow becomes deeply involved with the fate of the ponds — and with Eleanor’s daughter Ronnie, who loves the ponds just as they are.

“White captures the beauty and solitude of the Adirondacks, as well as human aspiration and greed, in this fast-paced novel. Wilder Ponds is a must read for those trying to understand the many perspectives on Adirondack development.”

— Pete Sheehan, Co-chair, Sierra Club Hudson-Mohawk Group