About New Hope Housing


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. They only needed to walk from the Cathedral downtown to the parking lot across the street, where it was obvious. 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.  After 25 years of serving individuals, New Hope’s mission of SRO housing changed to include vulnerable families and their children.

Our first family supportive housing community opened in 2018. Reed is located in central southwest Houston off of Highway 288 and Reed Road.


Today, New Hope Housing is an award-winning, debt-free organization. We help build lives through nearly 1,400 units of beautiful, safe housing, available at an affordable rental rate in nine locations throughout Houston.

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

We continue to expand our mission to serve vulnerable individuals and families throughout the city where the needs are great.



Kenneth J. Valach
Executive Chairman

Trammell Crow Residential,
Crow Holdings Industrial and
Crow Holdings Office

Sanford W. Criner, Jr.
Vice Chairman

Executive Managing Director

Michael M. Fowler
Chairman Emeritus

Private Investor

Philip A. Croker
Senior Managing Director

Jeff P. Hebert
HR&A Advisors

Catherine B. James
Vice President and General Counsel
Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Laura R. Jaramillo
Interim Executive Director
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Teshia N. Judkins
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson, LLP

Andrea M. Link, M.D.
Executive Director
Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Houston Galveston

Melissa M. Noriega
Former Council Member, At-Large Position 3
City of Houston

Carleton Riser
Transwestern Development Company

Ricardo Rivas
Principal and CEO
Allied Orion Group

Vanessa R. Schick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Division of Management, Policy and Community Health
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston,
School of Public Health

Frank C. Steininger
Executive Vice President (retired)
Civeo Corporation

Garrett W. Thompson
Managing Director
CTR Real Estate Partners

Janice E. Walker
Senior Managing Director – Investment Management


Bolivar “Bo” M. Fraga
Senior Community Engagement Developer

Irma G. Galvan
Irma’s Original Restaurant

Preston Roe


Joy Horak-Brown
President and CEO

Karen Briggs Gwin, CPA, MBA
Treasurer and CFO

Emily Abeln
VP, Real Estate Development
Corporate Secretary

Tamara Foster, CAPS
VP, Onsite Operations


Ash Hussain, CPA, CAM
Director, Finance

Katie Lamb, SPHR
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.

Program Support

  • Total Operating Support $15,334,227
  • Apartment Rentals $9,492,027
  • Contributions and Grants $2,559,782
  • Earned Fees $3,282,418

We leverage an additional ~$12.9MM through collaborative partnerships

Program Expenses

  • Total Operating Expenses $11,903,636
  • Housing $8,801,978
  • Resident Services Program  $925,099
  • Project Development  $828,517
  • Administration  $1,348,042

Surplus cash flow has been placed into a board-designated Strategic Reserve for capital projects and capacity building initiatives.


  • Total Capital Raised $10,588,731

Financial data derived from the December 31, 2020 audit.

All of which has given 2,040 people
Housing + Services

For every $1 donated, $0.89 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

apex19 VER8(5)

Communications Concepts


Houston Business Journal