Providence founders envisioned a housing development corporation that would work closely with the faith community and Catholic Charities agencies, supporting those entities where a need for housing was perceived. Since 1994, Providence has secured greater than $135 million in project development funding from public and private sources and has created more than 900 units of affordable housing. This housing has been developed in collaboration with Catholic Charities agencies and other Catholic institutions throughout the Diocese of Rochester.
Providence Housing’s mission is to strengthen families and communities by creating and providing access to quality affordable housing enriched by the availability of supportive services.
Executive Director: Mark Greisberger
Mark Greisberger was officially appointed as the new Executive Director in April 2015. He has served on the board at Providence since 1995 and his board experience will serve him well as Executive Director. He will be in the office at the Diocese on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Mark continues to work as a managing member of the firm Barrett, Greisberger, Fletcher, LLP, which focuses primarily on real estate law. He also assists and counsels for profit and not-for-profit companies and individuals in the formation, financing and operation of their businesses. Mark also practices in the area of estate planning. In 1991, Mark co-authored “Finding, Locating and Closing a Commercial Mortgage” which was published in the Rochester Business Journal.
Mark currently serves on the board of several organizations including Rush Corporation and NCS Community Development Corporation and has a long history of serving his community. He graduated from Dartmouth College (A.B. cum laude) and Vanderbilt Law School, after attending McQuaid Jesuit High School.
Mark and his wife, Carol, have two grown children. We look forward to his continued leadership at Providence Housing.
Director of Finance: Daniel Sturgis
Dan Sturgis joined Providence Housing as the Director of Finance in September 2015. Dan brings with him 15 years of experience working in and advocating for affordable and low-income housing. Before joining Providence, Dan held multiple positions at the Rochester Housing Authority where he provided oversight for the financial, administrative and regulatory compliance aspects of various affordable housing programs. Over the last five years, Dan has directed several projects that have increased rental housing assistance in the community by 20 million dollars annually and he has assisted with the creation or preservation of over 2,000 affordable housing units in the Rochester region.
Dan currently serves on the board of directors for the Rochester/Monroe County Homeless Continuum of Care. The Continuum of Care is the regional planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals. Having graduated from St. John Fisher College with a BS degree is Business Administration, Dan now calls Rochester home. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and following his three young children as they participate in many local youth sport clubs.
Vice President of Property Management: Helen Bianchi
Helen Bianchi is a seasoned property management professional with over 25 years of experience in the affordable housing arena. Helen joined Providence Housing in 2005 as Director of Asset Management responsible for all aspects of property and program management of Providence Housing’s portfolio. She has directed 12 successful lease-ups of HUD and tax credit properties since she joined Providence Housing, bringing the total to over 23 properties under Providence Housing management. Prior to joining Providence Housing, Helen held several property management positions including Regional Vice President at Home Properties, a prominent national REIT.
Helen graduated from Monroe Community College with an Associate Degree in Business Management and has earned the CPM® designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management. Helen also holds several affordable housing certifications from Spectrum and NAHMA. In addition, Helen served as President of IREM Chapter 58 in 2006 and 2007 and was founding vice president of NAA local chapter in 2003/2004.
Board of Directors
Providence is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Mr. Jack Balinsky
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rochester
Mr. Richard Rossettie
Rossettie, Rosettie, & Martino
Catholic Charities of Wayne County
Mr. Mark Greisberger
Barrett, Greisberger & Fletcher, LLP
Fr. Joseph Hart
Our Lady Queen of Peace
Plymouth-Exchange Neighborhood Association (PLEX)
Mr. Rick Herman
Rochester Home Builders Association
Ms. Jackie Ortiz
Rochester City Council
Ms. Lisa M. Passero, CPA
Diocese of Rochester
Mr. Charles Philip
Fr. Bob Ring
St. Louis Church
The Cabot Group
Catholic Charities Community Services
Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes (Clark Park Apartments)
Catholic Family Center (Son House Apartments)
East House (Paul Wolk Commons and soon Alexander Street)
Providence Housing serves the twelve counties in the Diocese: Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Cayuga, Yates, Steuben, Schuyler, Tompkins, Tioga, and Chemung Counties.