New Hope Housing’s core purpose is to provide life-stabilizing, affordable, permanent housing with support services for people who live on very limited incomes. Our vision is to be an enduring institution serving Houston’s most vulnerable citizens.


In 1993, the plight of the homeless and near homeless was painfully clear to the People of Christ Church Cathedral-Episcopal. They did not need a study to illuminate the problem. All they needed was to walk from the Cathedral to the parking lot. It was obvious that there were people without a decent place to live or who had no home at all. And so the Parishioners challenged the local community to do something about it.

They added a caveat to the Church’s fundraising efforts. For every $1 raised to restore the historic Cathedral, $1 was raised to invest in community solutions. Of these funds, $1.25 million was given to create New Hope Housing and to build the first 40 units of single room occupancy (SRO) rental housing in Houston. From inception, our focus has been on adults living alone on very modest incomes, and we have grown into Texas’ leading provider of SRO housing. In 2013, the Board of Directors made a decision to expand the scope of our services to assist homeless and at-risk families.

Our first family supportive housing broke ground in October 2016 and is located in central southwest Houston off Highway 288 and Reed Road.


Today, New Hope Housing is an award-winning, debt-free organization. We help build lives through almost a thousand units of beautiful, safe SRO housing, available at an affordable rental rate in seven locations throughout Houston.

We connect people with a range of supportive services that provide the tools to create a stable life filled with hope.

Currently, we are expanding our mission to serve homeless and at-risk families.



Michael M. Fowler
Executive Chairman

Private Investor

Sanford W. Criner, Jr.
Vice Chairman

EVP, Global Corporate Services
CB Richard Ellis

J. Renea Burns
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Jeffrey A. Compton
CPA and Shareholder
Compton and Wendler, P.C.

Philip A. Croker
Managing Director

Carolyn W. Dorros
Vice President
Wolff Companies

James E. Furr, AIA
Retired. Managing Principal Emeritus, Gensler

Catherine B. James
Former EVP, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Dynegy, Inc.

Teshia N. Judkins
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson, LLP

Andrea M. Link, MD
Director of Clinical Integration
Patient Care Intervention Center

Melissa M. Noriega
VP, Policy & Partnerships

Carleton Riser
Transwestern Development Company

Matthew M. J. Stahlbaum
Investor. Former VP, Finance & Business Development
Sam Houston Race Park

Garrett W. Thompson
Managing Director
CTR Real Estate Partners

Melanie M. Trent
Retired. EVP, General Counsel & Chief Administration Officer
Rowan Companies, Inc.

Kenneth J. Valach
Chief Executive Officer
Trammell Crow Residential

Geoffrey Walker
Attorney and Partner
Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP


Joy Horak-Brown
President and CEO

Karen Briggs Gwin, CPA, MBA
Treasurer and CFO

Nicole Cassier Mason, CFRE 
VP, Fund Development/Communications

Tamara Foster, CAPS
VP, Onsite Operations

Emily Abeln
VP, Real Estate Development
Corporate Secretary


Jerry Brown, SPHR, MBA
Director, Human Resources

Stacey Lastovica, CAPS
Director, Property Management

Sarah Mangrem
Director, Resident Programs

Joe Reyes, CAMT
Director, Maintenance

Tweenzette Ross
Director, Compliance


A solid financial picture is crucial to the performance of New Hope Housing’s mission. Our ability to build attractive, smart housing while remaining debt free is what keeps rents affordable. Strong finances ensure our capacity to be a consistent and durable provider of Housing + Services. We work hard to be good financial stewards, leveraging public and private partnerships that make the most of every dollar. We constantly forge new alliances to help us move forward with our goals.

Since our 2016 annual report, we have raised $1,676,370 in private contributions; earned $589,303 in developer fees; received a $295,498 management fee; and collected $3,905,751 in rent.

Individual Gifts

  225 individual donations
  $396 average individual gift

Corporate Gifts

  47 corporate donations
  $8,188 average corporate gift

Foundation Gifts

 56 foundation gifts
 $22,315 average foundation gift

These funds supported 7 SRO properties, a thriving resident services program, and our ongoing work to develop additional, direly needed housing.

How The Funding was used:

  • Operating Cost Total$6,466,922
  • • Administration$915,071
  • • Housing$4,647,805
  • • Resident Services Program$450,012
  • • Resident Services$450,012
  • • Project Development$454,034

All of which has given 1,068 people
Housing + Services

For every $1 donated, $0.86 goes
directly to providing
Housing + Services


New Hope Housing has been recognized with many prestigious awards. This recognition confirms the quality of our properties, differentiates us from typical ‘low-income housing’ providers and supports our growth and mission. The awards are from a broad array of organizations, including:


Urban Land Institute




Texas Homeless Network


Houston Apartment Association


Communications Concepts


Houston Business Journal