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New Hope Housing Receives National Recognition From NAHRO

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) honored New Hope’s Rittenhouse development with a National Award of Excellence. In the affordable housing division, Rittenhouse is one of four properties recognized for innovation. NAHRO is a national association of 3,000 public housing and non-profit housing and community development organizations.

From left to right: Preston Prince, CME, President, NAHRO; Mark Thiele, VP of Housing Choice Voucher Program, Houston Housing Authority; Nicole Cassier, VP, Fund Development/Communications, New Hope Housing; Tory Gunsolley, President and CEO, Houston Housing Authority; and, Saul N. Ramirez, Jr., CEO, NAHRO.

New Hope Wins Houston Apartment Association Honors Award

The Houston Apartment Association (HAA) presented New Hope with the first-time ever 2015 Out of the Box Award at a recent Honors Award dinner. New Hope received this prestigious award in recognition of our providing a vital community service in a unique and comprehensive way. As our award was being presented, the Judge stated, “What we do is offer rental housing. What New Hope Housing offers is life.”

From left to right: Matt Barger, Sales/Project Manager, Outdoor Elements; Tamara J. Foster, VP, Onsite Operations, New Hope Housing; Stacey Lastovica, Community Manager – Rittenhouse, New Hope Housing; Joy Horak-Brown, President and CEO, New Hope Housing; and, Jared Wells, Chief of Operations, TPI Inc.

New Hope Receives J. Howard Rambin III Founder’s Award

Keep Houston Beautiful honored New Hope’s Rittenhouse property with the 2014 J. Howard Rambin III Founder’s Award. For 35 years through civic engagement, community collaboration and the work of thousands of volunteers, Keep Houston Beautiful has worked to create, enhance and maintain the unique beauty and livability of Houston. New Hope is honored to receive the Founder’s award for carrying forward the vision of J. Howard Rambin III. Together we are taking action to make our city a better place meeting the diverse needs of its citizens.

Jim Tates, President, U.S. West Region & Latin America, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company; Neal Rackleff, Director, Housing and Community Development Department, City of Houston; Michael M. Fowler, Board President, New Hope Housing; and, Mayor, City of Houston, Annise Parker

The Culmination of 20 Years of Deep Roots, Strong Growth and New Hope

On December 12, 2013, we celebrated the grand opening of New Hope’s Rittenhouse SRO. The development features a grove of mature oak trees and native ‘prairie’ areas, creating a unique park-like experience. Stained glass panels punctuate the entry. The creation of a sense of place through art and nature is an integral part of our award-winning approach to affordable housing.

Ric Campo, Chairman & CEO, Camden Property Trust; Joy Horak-Brown, Executive Director, New Hope Housing; Ernesto L. Maldonado, AIA, Glassman Shoemake Maldonado Architects; Michael M. Fowler, Board President, New Hope Housing; Pastor Larry Baker, Sheepfold Church; Council Member Ed Gonzalez, District H, Mayor Pro-Tem; Darrell Logan, Program Manager, HUD; Christine Cuddeback, Community Planning and Development Representative, HUD; and, Laura Bailey, Managing VP, Community Development, Capital One Bank.

New Hope’s Executive Director Named Executive Communicator of the Year

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Houston Chapter, has named New Hope’s Executive Director Joy Horak-Brown the 2013 Executive Communicator of the Year. IABC Houston selected Joy for her outstanding leadership in building New Hope into one of Texas’ most progressive and transformative organizations for community change.

New Hope Receives Mayor’s Proud Partner Award

Keep Houston Beautiful honors New Hope’s 4415 Perry property with the 2013 Mayor’s Proud Partner Award. As Houston’s leading organization in beautification, litter reduction and recycling education, Keep Houston Beautiful strives to reach out to all segments of our community to educate and empower individuals to take greater responsibility for beautifying and enhancing Houston’s environment. New Hope’s Perry community embodies these core values. Together with the City’s important support, we are helping create a cleaner and healthier city for all.

Jim Tates, President, U.S. West Region & Latin America, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company; Neal Rackleff, Director, City of Houston Housing & Community Development Dept.; Joy Horak-Brown, Executive Director, New Hope Housing; and, Mayor Annise Parker.

New Hope Resident Featured in Houston Chronicle

Ms. Robelean Harrell is a resident at our 4415 Perry property. Read about her experience finding a new home that offers her new hope.

New Hope Featured in Mental Health America Booklet

Mental Health America (MHA) published a booklet featuring personal stories about mental illness and its effects on individuals, families and communities. The booklet tells the powerful story of Brenda Bowie, who was a nurse before mental illness led her to live for seventeen (17) years in Houston’s Hermann Park. Today, Brenda resides at New Hope’s 2424 Sakowitz property. Read her story on pages 15 and 16.

New Hope Receives National Recognition
From NAHRO

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) honored New Hope’s 2424 Sakowitz development with a National Award of Excellence. In the affordable housing division, Sakowitz is one of four properties recognized nationally for its innovation—a strong testament to our programing. NAHRO is a national association of about 3,400 public housing, non-profit housing and community development organizations, and this is their strongest award recognition. Award selection is very competitive and made by a jury of industry peers. This prestigious award helps shatter the stereotypes most commonly associated with low-income housing.

NAHRO President Betsey Martens; Houston Housing Authority Vice President of Housing Choice Voucher Program Mark Thiele; New Hope’s Executive Director Joy Horak-Brown; New Hope’s Director of Fund Development Nicole Cassier; and, NAHRO Chief Executive Officer Saul Ramirez, Jr.

Newly Elected TDHCA Board President Visits New Hope

J. Paul Oxer, the newly elected Board President of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), visits New Hope’s 2424 Sakowitz property, the first LEED certified affordable housing in the State of Texas.

After a tour of this platinum certified property, Mr. Oxer joined New Hope’s Board President, Michael M. Fowler, and Executive Director, Joy Horak-Brown, for an engaging discussion on the mission and vision of the TDHCA and New Hope’s affordable, supportive housing growth plan.

TDHCA Director of Policy and Public Affairs Michael Lyttle; TDHCA Executive Director Timothy K. Irvine; TDHCA Board President J. Paul Oxer; New Hope Executive Director Joy Horak-Brown; New Hope Board President Michael M. Fowler; and, TDHCA Assistant Deputy Executive Director of Community Affairs Michael DeYoung.

New Hope Wins 
Houston Apartment Association Award

The Houston Apartment Association (HAA) presented New Hope with the 2012 Eileen Subinsky Cornerstone Award at a recent Honors Award dinner. New Hope received the Cornerstone Award in recognition of our important work for the Houston community and honoring the uniqueness of our affordable housing properties.

This newly inaugurated award is named for the HAA’s first female president—Eileen Subinsky, Vice President of Michael Stevens Interests, Inc.

CORT Furniture Sales Manager Jennifer Robbins; New Hope’s Director of Communities Tamara Foster; New Hope’s Executive Director Joy Horak-Brown; New Hope’s Director of Fund Development Nicole Cassier; New Hope’s Staff Accountant Jerry Brown.

New Hope Honored By The U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council named New Hope Housing the 2011 LEED for Homes Outstanding Affordable Developer, honoring the development of the 2424 Sakowitz property. Sakowitz is Texas’ first LEED certified affordable housing—establishing a new ‘green’ building standard for New Hope and for developers across the state.

New Hope at Brays Crossing Wins Two
 Builder’s Choice Design & Planning Awards

BUILDER magazine, which is the magazine of the National Association of Homebuilders, awarded New Hope’s Brays Crossing property two important national Design & Planning awards: Special Focus Award for its inclusion of public art; and, the Grand Award for adaptive reuse of a former public nuisance site.

New Hope’s Executive Director Joy Horak-Brown accepts one of the 2011 Design & Planning Awards.

New Hope Awarded Housing Tax Credits
 For Their 7th SRO Community

It is with much excitement that New Hope announces plans for our seventh SRO community—New Hope Housing at Rittenhouse. The Rittenhouse project received in late 2011 a forward commitment of 2012 Low Income Housing Tax Credits through the TDHCA. This will be New Hope’s seventh SRO community and its fourth tax credit development financed through a public/private partnership, including the state agency. Groundbreaking will take place in late 2012.

Rittenhouse is being designed by Ernesto L. Maldonado, AIA with the architectural studio of Glassman Shoemake Maldonado. Maldonado also designed New Hope’s award winning Brays Crossing property. The Rittenhouse development is a 160-unit SRO community that will be LEED certified. Rittenhouse will be located off I-45 North (across from Gallery Furniture) at the corner of Stuebner Airline and Rittenhouse Road.

New Hope breaks ground on sixth SRO property

August 11, 2011 — New Hope Housing is breaking ground on their sixth affordable housing property—4415 Perry, located inside the 610 Loop off I-45 South near the new Texans YMCA. The Perry project will be a 160-unit single room occupancy (SRO) supportive housing community for adults living alone on very limited incomes. Perry will also be New Hope’s second ‘green’ LEED certified development.

New Hope awarded three Landmark Awards

Houston Business Journal awarded New Hope Housing three 2011 Landmark Awards. New Hope received the publication’s award for Community Impact and the Public/Private Partnership for Brays Crossing, and the Green Projects award for 2424 Sakowitz, the first LEED certified affordable housing in the State of Texas.

Urban Land Institute awards

New Hope at Brays Crossing wins two Urban Land Institute awards:
June 8, 2011—2011 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas. Brays Crossing was one of ten winners selected from among 160 exemplary projects. The Americas competition considers developments in North and South America and is widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program.

Ron Sims visits Canal Street Apartments

May 27, 2010 — Deputy Secretary Ron Sims from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development visits New Hope Housing’s Canal Street Apartments. Community partners and city officials enjoyed a tour of the Canal Street property along with the Deputy Secretary. The tour was followed by a small, private discussion about transit center housing and sustainable communities.