Faith Based Newsletter
Goldstein Hall's Commitment to Faith Based Initiatives
FALL | 2020
Goldstein Hall attorneys have more than twenty-five years of collective experience representing faith based institutions and their communities. We understand the unique needs of the various religious organizations and are dedicated to helping resolve issues and overcome challenges in a time- and cost-effective manner. Goldstein Hall offers legal services covering virtually all matters involving faith based initiatives, and we are also a resource to help our clients stay abreast of law and policy changes impacting their establishments.
Two Transformational LIHTC Closings
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M/WBE developer Exact Capital is partnering with the Victory Baptist Church to build 95-units of affordable housing development in the Bronx. All homes will remain permanently affordable to low-income New Yorkers and supportive services will be provided for formerly homeless households. The development also features a church sanctuary and offices, a multi-purpose space, and parking.
RiseBoro Community Partnership Inc., a Brooklyn-based, not-for-profit organization, joined forces with Coconut Properties LLC to develop a senior supportive housing project in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan. The project will be an approximately 125,000 square-foot, nine-story building to be comprised of 163 studio and one-bedroom apartments, plus one superintendent unit, as well as community engagement spaces. In addition, upon completion, a portion of the ground floor and cellar will be a new home to Rocky Mount Baptist Church.

Following Goldstein Hall’s Litigation Team’s victory in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of the Bronx, wherein, the Hon. Judge Ruben Franco granted our Client, the St. James Episcopal Church Summary Judgment against a developer seeking specific performance of a contract for the sale of Episcopal Parish owned property, where the proposed sale was not approved by the Bishop and the Standing Committee.
Lilly Endowment has awarded 92 grants to strengthen Christian congregations so they can help people deepen their relationships with God, build strong relationships with each other and contribute to the flourishing of local communities and the world. The grants totaling nearly $93 million were made through the Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative ($1 million of which was awarded to Bricks and Mortals of which Jason Labate is co-chair). List of all grantees here.
Collaboration in the Works
Partners for Sacred Places is collaborating with Dance/NYC, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and Goldstein Hall to locate available space in sacred places and provide free training for dance makers and faith-based organizations interested in learning how to share space with one another. The goal of this project is to create and foster sustainable, mutually beneficial space sharing relationships between dance makers and sacred places.
Living in the shadow of Disney’s Magic Kingdom has mostly been a happy experience for Community Presbyterian church in Celebration, Orlando. Its handsome white building, with storybook steeple, was part-funded by a pious niece of Walt.
Churches, whose already declining attendance plummeted during the pandemic, are now looking to development for extra cash. Places of worship are offering up their excess land to developers, Bloomberg reported.
September 2020

HAND, Enterprise Community Partners, and Goldstein Hall PLLC came together for an interactive session featuring affordable housing practitioners, clergy and lay leaders who have successfully partnered to develop affordable housing and community facilities across the Washington Region.
June and July 2020

New York State Council of Churches, Goldstein Hall, and Pace University Land Use Law Center were pleased to announce that the Who is My Neighbor Seminars would be held online for the summer giving you the ability to attend from the comfort of your home (or the beach). Together we reflected on how to build racially and economically inclusive neighborhoods, towns and cities. We want communities where everyone can belong, participate and contribute. We offered you the tools and perspectives which can aid in building the state and world we all want. 

To watch any of the sessions from the four-part series, click here to check out the recording archive and corresponding materials.
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