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Please don't hesitate to just
pick up the phone and call us. Our number is (732) 530-9601. Jay Wolfkind
(extension 11) is primarily responsible for coordinating our support
If you prefer to learn more about us before calling, great. We welcome your
interest, and truly appreciate whatever contribution you might consider.
To help you more quickly learn about a specific HOPz activity you might wish to
support, please consider the following:
Opportunity Programs, Inc.) is recognized by the I.R.S. as a tax
exempt, not-for-profit corporation under Sections 501(c)(3) and
509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Our primary Mission (locally) is to convert abandoned properties into desirable,
affordable housing, and in the process help stabilize "at risk"
Our secondary Mission (nationally) is to create a step-by-step program that
will interest and empower hundreds of community-based organizations
to do the same thing in their own communities, by providing a clear, compelling,
practical blueprint for the entire process from forging partnerships though
working with low-income families teaching home ownership and single-family
Another application of our "Recover, Restore & Re-Use"
paradigm is the recycling of used technology
We welcome your participation at whatever level is appropriate to your interest,
mission and available resources.
Our most profound, far-reaching goal is
to stimulate and empower hundreds of other community-based organizations across
America to do what we do ... turn dilapidated, boarded-up properties into
affordable, desirable housing.
The first step in achieving this goal is to develop a step-by-step program that
others can understand, embrace, and implement. We call this plan, including
"best practices", the "Best Practices of Affordable Housing Infill Development".
This ambitious project will result in printed and audio-visual materials as
comprehensive as a college course on real estate development, finance and zoning
law. The more resources available, the more comprehensive it will be, the faster
it will be completed, and the more widely we can then promote it. Please click here to learn more about the Best Practices of Affordable Housing Infill Development.
We invite your financial, technical, data or service contributions to this
effort. Private organizations interested in the potential of causing
paradigm-shifting housing and community rehabilitation on a national level are
invited to discuss this project with Jay
Wolfkind by calling (732) 530-9601,
extension 11, or
clicking here to send Jay an email.
We work primarily on Intel®-based
hardware in the Windows®
Some of the resources we'll use over the term of this project
include workstation-class computer hardware and software, including multi-media authoring and
presentation materials, researchers and survey software, software and data sets
for GIS mapping and analysis, large relational databases and DBAs, and Visual
The eventual project configuration is highly dependent on the funding source,
and the level of funding. We hope to complete the Grant/Project Proposal by
Thanksgiving 2002, have "commitment" funding by February 2003, and
have the first phase of the project (information gathering and local testing)
complete by Summer 2003.
We hope to acquire the resources needed to facilitate and support
the evaluation and implementation of these "best practices", by
providing free information, counseling, and other support to organizations that
seek to adopt some of our "best practices" in their own communities.
Houses & Building Materials
"Local" to us is Central New Jersey, roughly south of Route 80 and
north of Route 195.
On this local level, we practice every day the techniques we (will) teach
other housing advocates to use nationally. We look for boarded-up houses that
can be saved, we negotiate to acquire them inexpensively, we rehabilitate them
cost-effectively, and then make them available to the community as tax-paying
properties available as affordable housing rentals.
To help fulfill our mission at the Local level, we accept contributions
that can include: houses and land, building materials, tools and
equipment (either the temporary use of equipment or donations of used equipment
and tools), professional services, contractor services, and cash.
Donors may designate a specific use of their contribution, and will of course
receive a Donation Letter for the fair market value of the donation. If a formal
appraisal is required, HOPz will pay for this service.
Housing Opportunity Programs, Inc. is primarily concerned with the renovation of
existing structures and "infill" development. We focus
on the availability of affordable rental housing. We usually don't build
new houses. Therefore, if we receive a donation offer of a parcel of vacant land
that might be more appropriate for new construction, especially affordable home
ownership, we may suggest you consider donating the land to another organization
such as The Habitat For Humanity. HOPz has informal referral and cooperation
relationships with local New Jersey chapters of the Habitat For Humanity
("HFH"). This does not constitute an endorsement by HFH of HOPz.
Leverage Your Leftovers
Does your company have unused
computers and related equipment?
Do you sell it to a "Jobber", or worse do you throw it away?
Unlike many non-profits, we have the resources to evaluate and restore
information technology. We can convert your unused computer equipment
into the resources needed to create affordable housing, just as we convert
dilapidated properties into
affordable, desirable housing.
You can direct the disposition of equipment. For example, you can ask that
laptop computers be refurbished and donated to hunger-related causes within your
area, or that revenue from the sale of your equipment be used only for housing
in XYZ City.
Making a donation of unused computers and related equipment
has many benefits:
1. Provides your business with a tax deduction
on the value of donated items.
2. Saves or eliminates costs associated with
3. Avoids administrative costs associated with selling (and tracking) excess
4. Recycles items and reduces the amount of
waste in local landfills.
5. Requires little effort on the part of the
6. Helps create more affordable housing.
We have technicians who thoroughly delete (Military grade erasure) any data or
identifying marks on the equipment, as well as test it for safety and
reliability. We replace missing parts and sometimes install donated software
We report back to you with the disposition of every piece of equipment, as well
as credit your organization for the donation with labels on the actual product
(unless you request otherwise).
Shortly we'll have more detailed information about our "IT3R"
Program. (Information Technology Recovery, Restoration &
We'll Leverage Your
If your organization is concerned about
community development, affordable
housing, or other housing-related issues, and you're interested in supporting
HOPz on a local or national basis, we'd very much appreciate hearing from
Let's discuss how HOPz can maximize the benefits of your contribution, and focus
it (at your request) on the specific area of your interest. Please click here to go to the
"Contact HOPz" Page of this web site.
For additional information, please call Jay
extension 11, or
click here to send him an email.
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