NYSAFAH is committed to expanding opportunities for Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) in the affordable housing industry. In September 2011, NYSAFAH launched a formal MWBE initiative, recognizing the importance of bringing new firms into the affordable housing industry, and of strengthening MWBE developers, subcontractors and others who are already active in the industry.

To date, NYSAFAH has held several MWBE networking and educational events. Among the most successful have been Speed Networking sessions for established NYSAFAH developers and general contractors, with MWBE subcontractors and professional service firms. Through brief interview sessions, MWBE firms learn of concrete opportunities to grow their businesses, while larger developers hear how MWBE firms can provide services to their upcoming projects. Participants walk away with professional opportunities to pursue.