During the middle of the 1970”s a need for senior citizen housing and the continuing need for programming for the disadvantaged and underserved citizens of Metro Buffalo was realized by the members of the Gamma Phi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. On May 5th of 1978 incorporation were executed giving birth to Gamma Phi Omega Chapter Housing Development Corporation.
During the 1990’s the focus changed for the chapter and instead of building senior citizen housing the focus was to find a suitable building that can be used as community service facility. Over the years the chapter designated a standing committee to the task+; however, in early 2006 it was realized that the “Corporation” needed to be reactivated to best achieve the chapter’s goal. The corporation was reactivated, new directors were elected, the bylaws were updated and financial systems were put into place.
During the summer of 2010, a building was located, purchased and renovated. During the June 2011 chapter meeting the building was named “The House of 20 Pearls”. On June 1st 2012 the corporation was able to “Burn” its mortgage just 18 months after purchasing the property.