CBI News

Together We Stand Against Racial and Social Inequalities

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Community Basics, Inc. has always condemned discrimination in all forms. We are renewing our commitment to dismantling the systems that have allowed injustices to occur.  As we move forward together, we will continue to work with our partners to further racial and social equity in housing policy.  We will focus on addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion during our long-term strategic planning process scheduled later this year.  We will remain faithful to our mission to provide safe and affordable housing to all.  When we all work together, we can build a better world where justice, fairness, and dignity are basic human rights.

Community Basics Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #2

Friday, March 20th, 2020

For the health & safety of our employees, residents and communities, all offices will be closed until further notice. Please email or call any questions, concerns, or work orders to the respective community. We hope you and your families remain safe and healthy.


Friday, February 14th, 2020

CBI is grateful to have our Director of Development, Tammie Fitzpatrick, and Director of Property Management, Jo Raff, featured in the Winter/Spring 2020 issue of LHOP’s newsletter, BottomLine.

Read the article titled “What is Affordable Housing?” here.

Henkel Joins CBI as Director of Finance

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Welcome, Signe Henkel! Our new Director of Finance brings over 10 years of non-profit experience to our organization and holds a Masters of Accountancy from Chatham University.

Community Basics Will No Longer Pursue the Development of Sunnyside

Friday, August 9th, 2019

In consultation with its Board of Directors and the City of Lancaster, Community Basics, Inc. will no longer pursue the development of the Sunnyside peninsula.

“Although the Sunnyside Final Plan Phase 1 recently received conditional plan approvals from the City of Lancaster, CBI has determined the project’s remaining hurdles are insurmountable and the project is unable to come to fruition” said CBI’s Executive Director, Lisa Greener.

Community Basics, Inc. and its partners dedicated significant time – nearly 20 years – and resources to design a mix of single-family homes, duplexes, and apartments on Sunnyside.  This decision was not made lightly. “CBI recognizes the project now has obstacles which cannot be overcome.  We appreciate the ongoing support received from the City throughout the development process” said Lisa Greener.

“I appreciate CBI’s commitment to seeing this project through. Unfortunately, the last hurdles to clear were insurmountable and I respect the board’s decision. At this time, the City intends to hit pause and reassess the future of Sunnyside given that the City will continue to retain ownership” said Mayor Danene Sorace.

Community Basics, Inc. continues to remain dedicated to providing affordable housing in Lancaster City and County and hopes to partner with the City in the future to combat the affordable housing crisis.

For more details:  https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/plans-dropped-for–unit-residential-project-on-sunnyside-peninsula/article_5de5b344-bae2-11e9-9652-1b25f9ca81b6.html

Community Basics Receives PHARE Funding for Predevelopment of Saxony Ridge Apartments

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Community Basics, Inc. received $400,000 of PHARE funds in an effort to provide affordable, safe housing to the senior community of Lancaster County, PA. Saxony Ridge Apartments, located on the Warwick Woodlands campus of Moravian Manor, will be a 62+ senior community that will provide 62 residential units, a community room with kitchen, computer room, fitness area, and management/support staff. There will be 44 one-bedroom units and 18 two-bedroom units. PHARE funds will be used to assist with the cost of predevelopment activities associated with the future development of a multifamily affordable housing project.

For more details: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-announces-2019-phare-funding-to-support-affordable-housing-across-pennsylvania/

Community Basics Receives Approval for Sunnyside

Friday, June 28th, 2019

On June 19, CBI received Conditional Plan Approval from the Lancaster City Planning Commission for Sunnyside Final Plan Phase 1.  Phase 1 consists of 53 single family homes and 117 multifamily units for varying income levels and affordability.

For more details:  https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/sunnyside-a-mixed-income–unit-residential-project-in-lancaster/article_fe5ad228-991d-11e9-8e8c-f34e8bb73aa2.html


Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Following Ken Smith’s retirement, Lisa A. Greener has been named Executive Director, effective June 1. Lisa joined CBI in 2012 as our Director of Finance after a 22+-year career with the High Companies where she most recently served as Controller for High Real Estate Group. In 2015, she became our first Deputy Director. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management from Lebanon Valley College.

Welcome, Loaida Rodriguez! Our new Director of Finance brings 16 years of accounting expertise to our organization and holds a master’s degree in public administration, with an emphasis in non-profits, from West Chester University.


Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Friends, family, colleagues and community leaders dropped by on May 22 to celebrate Executive Director Ken Smith’s 50+-year career during a surprise retirement party. We wish him our very best and promise to uphold and continue the high standards he set for Community Basics’ projects over the years, as well as his legacy of hard work and dedication to ensure affordable housing throughout our region. Thank you, Ken!


Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

More than 50 invited guests gathered on March 28 to celebrate the grand opening of Community Basics, Inc.’s (CBI) latest affordable housing community, Brunswick Farms Apartments. CBI Executive Director Ken Smith kicked off the brief program with a heartfelt thank you to Manor Township officials for their support of the project, and to the many partner organizations that made Brunswick Farms Apartments a reality. Special thanks to our speakers for their kind and inspiring words about the project, the partnerships, and the critical need for more affordable housing communities like Brunswick Farms Apartments:

– Brian Hudson, Executive Director & CEO, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

– Craig Lehman, Lancaster County Commissioner

– Matthew Sternberg, Executive Director, Lancaster County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities

– Ray D’Agostino, Executive Director, Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership

– Tracy Fletcher, Vice President, Community Development Manager, Fulton Bank

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