Press Release

UNHS NeighborWorks® HomeOwnershipCenter now Accepting Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Contractor Applications

Utica, NY – The HomeOwnershipCenter (HOC) is now accepting applications for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) contractors.

HOC approved contractors are eligible to bid on numerous rehabilitation projects throughout the year. In 2016, the HomeOwnershipCenter (through its contractors) invested $1.2 million in
Oneida County through 24 rehabilitation projects. HOC conducts home rehabilitation, façade revitalization and mobile home replacements with funding made available by NYS Homes and Community Renewal and the City of Utica.

“I must THANK whoever made possible the work done to my house. IT SAVED MY HOUSE! I can see out of the windows 12 months a year. The house is warmer, no drafts, and the heating bills have lowered,” – Rehabilitation Customer, 2016.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) and HOC are committed to maximizing participation by Minority or Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBEs) and ServiceDisabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB) in all Home Ownership Development Programs, pursuant to Article 15-A and Article 17-B of NYS Executive Laws. These laws were enacted to promote employment and business opportunities on state contracts for minorities, women and service-disabled veterans MWBE’s considering becoming an HOC approved contractor must carry NYS Worker’s Compensation insurance, liability insurance and EPA RRP certified.

For more information about how you can apply to be a contractor, please call 315-724-4197 or email

Chartered in 1979 by NeighborWorks America, the HomeOwnershipCenter promotes housing and community development through programs such as Homebuyer Education and Financial Coaching, housing rehabilitation, and foreclosure prevention. The HOC provides services to residents in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Fulton, Otsego and Montgomery counties.