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Since 1990, UNPA has been committed to promoting owner-occupancy of homes in the University Neighborhood and making it a great place to live.  UNPA primarily administers programs that help homeowners purchase and improve homes in the UNPA Target Area. UNPA also organizes and sponsors events that strengthen community ties.

The University Neighborhood Preservation Association, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt

Our mission is to:

• Promote owner-occupancy of homes in the area east of Syracuse University campus

• Provide homebuyers assistance, low-interest home improvements loans, and other incentives

• Market the University Neighborhood as a good place to live, and

• Partner with municipal agencies, the University, and other neighborhood organizations to do so.

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UNPA Appoints a new Executive Director 

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UNPA Announces Appointment of Heidi Hart-Gorman as Executive Director


The University Neighborhood Preservation Association (UNPA) announced the appointment of Heidi Hart-Gorman as Executive Director. Hart-Gorman will be replacing Maribel Arce, who is leaving UNPA after three years of service.

UNPA is a non-profit organization that promotes owner-occupancy and promotes the University Neighborhood as a great place to live. Hart-Gorman, a long-time and active resident of the University Neighborhood, joins UNPA after returning to Syracuse from a position at the University of Wisconsin, following senior administrative positions at Syracuse University, Cornell University, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  In addition to more than 20 years of non-profit leadership experience, Hart-Gorman has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Social Work. 

“I am thrilled Heidi has assumed the role of UNPA’s Executive Director,” says Arce, “Heidi’s experience and leadership skills as well as her strong communication, organizational skills and strong ties with the community make her ideally suited to be UNPA’s new Executive Director. Although I am sad to go, I know I am leaving the organization in capable hands.”

Christopher Dunham, President of the UNPA Board of Directors, added, “Maribel has played an integral role in furthering the mission of UNPA in the neighborhood. She will be missed in her role, but we are lucky she will remain our neighbor and an outspoken advocate for the neighborhood. Heidi is an outstanding professional and strong leader. I am pleased to welcome her as our new Executive Director, and confident she will build on UNPA’s successes in helping to make the University Neighborhood a great place to live.”

“I am grateful to have been chosen to lead this passionate and committed Board of Directors,” says Hart-Gorman.  “This is a unique opportunity to serve the community my family calls home in a direct and important way.  I look forward to working with not only the Board, but our Committee members, other significant neighborhood groups, and neighbors!”

We hope you will join us for UNPA's Annual Meeting on Wednesday, December 14, from 6-8pm. All are welcome to come learn more about the mission and activities of UNPA, meet our current team, and learn how you can become involved! And as an added bonus, we will be offering a tour of the interesting Warehouse space!


The meeting will be held in the Community Room (#016) at Syracuse University's Warehouse building, 350 W. Fayette St, Syracuse. Parking is available behind the building on Washington St, or across W Fayette Street.

You are also welcome to participate on Zoom. To receive a link, please register at


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