OUR MISSION AND VISION

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.

OUR STORY

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.

BUILDING LIVES

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.

OUR PEOPLE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael M. Fowler
Executive Chairman

Private Investor

Renea Burns
Partner
Deloitte & Touche, LLP

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

Sanford W. Criner, Jr.
EVP, Global Corporate Services
CB Richard Ellis

Philip A. Croker
Managing Director
Hines

Carolyn W. Dorros
Vice President
Wolff Companies

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

Teshia N. Judkins
Attorney Allen Boone
Humphries Robinson, LLP

Melissa M. Noriega
VP, Policy & Partnerships
Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

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

Garrett W. Thompson
Managing Director
CTR Real Estate Partners

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

Kenneth J. Valach
Chief Executive Officer
Trammell Crow Residential

Geoffrey K. Walker
Attorney and Partner
Andrews Kurth, LLP

Mark C. Wilson
Owner
Investment Real Estate Services

OFFICERS

Joy Horak-Brown
President and CEO

Karen Briggs Gwin, CPA, MBA
Treasurer and CFO

Nicole Cassier, CFRE 
VP, Fund Development/Communications

Tamara Foster, CAPS
VP, Onsite Operations

Emily Abeln
VP, Real Estate Development
Corporate Secretary

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

Jerry Brown
HR Manager

Stacey Lastovica, CAM
Director, Property Management

Sarah Mangrem
Director, Resident Programs

Penny Milheim
Office Manager

Joe Reyes, CAMT
Director, Maintenance

Tweenzette Ross
Director, Compliance

OUR FINANCES

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. With remarkable support from donors and investors, we have raised more than $130 million to support our approach. 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.

OUR AWARDS

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:

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URBAN LAND INSTITUTE

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USGBC

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TEXAS HOMELESS NETWORK

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HOUSTON APARTMENT ASSOCIATION

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HOUSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL

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