Our History


Over 20 years ago, our modest start in revitalizing a neighborhood on the east side of Syracuse, NY, started a journey of discovery and growth. A taskforce of dedicated citizens focused on making a positive change in the Greater East Genesee Street Neighborhood in Syracuse proved to be a catalyst for positive and lasting changes. Shortly thereafter Housing Visions Unlimited, Inc. formally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit to improve the quality of housing and quality of life, and to implement its model for revitalizing neighborhoods. Housing Visions Unlimited is a Neighborhood Preservation Company (NPC) and Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO).

Other neighborhoods soon took notice of the quality of work and the neighborhood change that was occurring on the east side of Syracuse, NY and thus expansion into other neighborhoods followed. The neighborhood revitalization model created initially continues to be used on each project. Neighborhood representation is integral and is achieved by partnering with local neighborhood organizations that are interested in improving the quality of housing and the quality of life in their communities. Each partnership is unique to the specific project, merging the abilities and the dedication of those involved to bring about a long lasting revitalization.

In order to ensure shared values and quality, Housing Visions Construction Co., Inc. was formed as a not-for-profit affiliate to provide construction services that aided in halting the physical and economic deterioration of urban areas and to increase the availability of quality housing to low- and moderate-income residents.

In recent years, Housing Visions implemented an initiative to further secure lasting change in the neighborhoods that it serves, by helping residents improve the economic stability of their families. Visions For Change, Inc. was formed as a not-for-profit affiliate and created to help eliminate poverty through education, resource building, and partnerships. Visions For Change utilizes best practices derived from the national Circles® model, developed by the Move the Mountain Leadership Center. These best practices help foster a diverse and sustainable community where individuals work with peers to build genuine and lasting relationships across socioeconomic class lines and become empowered to solve problems that will facilitate a permanent transition out of poverty.

We’ve learned many things along the way but the point is this: with each revitalized neighborhood we learn and grow as a company. Those lessons and that experience make us a better partner for each new community we work with.
Annual Reports

2013 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report