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 1,200 units of beautiful, safe housing, available at an affordable rental rate in eight 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.



Sanford W. Criner, Jr.
Executive Chairman

Vice Chairman, Global Corporate Services

Kenneth J. Valach
Vice Chairman

Trammell Crow Residential

Michael M. Fowler
Chairman Emeritus

Private Investor

Philip A. Croker
Senior Managing Director

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

Teshia N. Judkins
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson, LLP

Andrea M. Link, M.D.
Nonprofit Consultant

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

Carleton Riser
Transwestern Development Company

Vanessa R. Schick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Division of Management, Policy and Community Health
University of Houston – School of Public Health

Garrett W. Thompson
Managing Director
CTR Real Estate Partners

Janice E. Walker
Senior Managing Director – Investment Management


Joy Horak-Brown
President and CEO

Karen Briggs Gwin, CPA, MBA
Treasurer and CFO

Emily Abeln
VP, Real Estate Development
Corporate Secretary

Nicole Cassier-Mason, CFRE 
VP, Fund Development/Communications

Tamara Foster, CAPS
VP, Onsite Operations


Jerry Brown, SPHR, MBA
Director, Human Resources

Kayla Hand, CFRE
Director, Philanthropy

Ash Hussain, CPA, CAM
Director, Finance

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$12,183,505
  • Apartment Rentals$6,129,878
  • Contributions and Grants$1,260,373
  • Earned Fees$1,549,950

We leverage an additional -$11.5MM through collaborative partnerships

Program Expenses

  • Total Operating Expenses$10,535,344
  • Housing$7,637,533
  • Administration $1,416,228
  • Resident Services Program $757,930
  • Project Development $723,653

Surplus cash flow is available for investment in new construction and capital improvements


  • Total Capital Raised$12,737,290

Financial data derived from the December 31, 2019 audit.

All of which has given 1,870 people
Housing + Services

For every $1 donated, $0.87 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