New Hope Housing Breaks Ground On 10th Property, New Hope Housing Avenue J
In June 2020, New Hope broke ground on our 10th property, NHH Avenue J, located in Houston’s culturally rich East End. This 100-unit development will offer affordable housing for people on modest incomes, including working families and those on a fixed income.
PHOTO: From left, Mack Fowler, Executive Chairman Emeritus, New Hope Housing; Mayor Sylvester Turner; Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Joy Horak-Brown, President and CEO; and State Senator Carol Alvarado.
Another Year, Another Successful Astros Foundation Gala
Evette, a resident living at New Hope Housing Reed, was asked to share her story at the 2020 Astros Foundation Diamond Dreams Gala. More than 1,400 guests listened attentively before dancing the night away to a performance by Lionel Richie, all on the field of Minute Maid Park. For the fifth year, New Hope Housing has partnered with The Astros Foundation to host this Gala. Event proceeds are shared among the two nonprofits to support their efforts in alleviating homelessness.
PHOTO: NHH Reed resident, Evette Nava, giving her testimony from a large stage on the field
while guests watched on the big screen from their seats.
ULI – Houston Recognizes New Hope Housing Reed with a Development of Distinction Award
New Hope Housing was honored to receive the Urban Land Institute’s Development of Distinction Award, for our Reed property’s unique collaboration with the Star of Hope Cornerstone Community. This award showcases the best of real estate development in Houston and the surrounding areas, through the responsible use of land in all aspects of design, construction, community importance, health and financial stability.
PHOTO: Left to right: Stephanie D. Pedigo, AIA, LEED AP, Principal at GSMA Inc.; Nicole Cassier-Mason, CFRE, VP, Fund Development/Communications at New Hope Housing; Edwin Friedrichs, PE, PTP, Senior Principal at Walter P Moore; Janis Brackett, AIA, LEED AP, VP, Director of Community Projects at Kirksey Architecture; Hank Rush, President and CEO at The Star of Hope Mission; Joy Horak-Brown, President and CEO at New Hope Housing; Scott Cutlip, AIA, LEED AP, VP, Design Principal at Kirksey; Sanford Criner, Executive Chairman at New Hope Housing; Dennis Wittry, PE, Senior Principal at Walter P Moore; Ernesto L. Maldonado, AIA, Partner at GSMA Inc.
Families at New Hope Housing Reed Enjoy Back-to-School Bash
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of our Reed property for vulnerable families, New Hope hosted a Back-to-School festival for children and their parents. From face painting and a petting zoo, to carnival rides, games, music and more, there was something for everyone to enjoy.
New Hope Housing has launched Volume 2 of our mission awareness campaign, There’s More to the Story
In Volume 2, we explore the challenges that create barriers to housing and long-term stability. Through the words of experts in the fields of education, health and health care, homeless response, community development and law enforcement, we illustrate the cost-benefit of affordable housing. Be sure to watch our brief video series found on theresmoretothestory.org and also through Facebook.
Astros Foundation Diamond Dreams Gala Benefits New Hope Housing Harrisburg
For the fourth year, New Hope partnered with The Astros Foundation to host the annual Diamond Dreams Gala. Event proceeds are shared among the two non-profits. Guests enjoyed dinner on the field of Minute Maid Park, as well as dancing to the lively performance by Earth, Wind & Fire.
PHOTO: Jim Crane, owner of the Houston Astros, joined by Joy Horak-Brown, President and CEO of New Hope Housing, Mack Fowler, Chairman Emeritus of New Hope Housing, and Sanford Criner, Executive Chairman of New Hope Housing.
25th Anniversary Party Honoring Outgoing Board Chair Mack Fowler
Hundreds of New Hope Housing family and friends gathered at our NHH Harrisburg property to celebrate 25 years of Compassion + Action. We also saluted outgoing board chair Mack Fowler, who turned over his duties after 18 years of service.
PHOTO: Chairman Emeritus of New Hope Housing, Mack Fowler, is joined by its President and CEO, Joy Horak-Brown, and Executive Chairman of the Board, Sanford Criner.
Grand Opening of New Hope Housing Reed
New Hope supporters celebrated the grand opening of NHH Reed in September 2018. This is the New Hope’s first supportive housing property serving formerly homeless and at-risk families.
PHOTO: Karla Cisneros, Council Member District H, City of Houston; David Robinson, Council Member At-Large Position 2, City of Houston; Congressman Al Green; Mack Fowler, Executive Chairman, New Hope Housing; Joy Horak-Brown, President and CEO, New Hope Housing; Dwight Boykins, Council Member District D, City of Houston; Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; and Leo Vasquez, Board of Directors, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
Corporate Office Opening at Harrisburg
New Hope Housing moves into our new offices at Harrisburg in July 2018. As a mission-centric organization, we office where our Housing + Services program is being lived.
PHOTO: East End community advocate and civic leader Felix Fraga and wife Nellie Fraga share a special celebratory moment with New Hope Housing Executive Chairman Sanford Criner and President and CEO Joy Horak-Brown.
Grand Opening of New Hope Housing Harrisburg
In April 2018, New Hope celebrated the grand opening of our newest SRO housing community. Located on the light rail in the East End, NHH Harrisburg is the organization’s first mixed-use development with 175 SRO units, 4,000 square feet of retail space and 7,000 square feet of office space, which is home to New Hope’s corporate headquarters.
PHOTO: Stakeholders perform ribbon cutting ceremony.
New Hope Staff Enjoy Their Work and Working Together
New Hope is committed to professional development and employee engagement. Our annual employee survey showed the top reasons staff love working at New Hope are connection to mission and camaraderie among coworkers. We like to have fun!
There’s More to the Story Campaign
New Hope Housing is proud to announce our first ever mission awareness campaign, There’s More to the Story! Through the extraordinary work of local Houston artist Randy Twaddle with Small Town, we have collected stories from our residents. These stories are true testaments to resilience, determination, faith and hope that embody a commitment to improve their lives. Stay up-to-date with the stories as they are released throughout the next six months in videos found on theresmoretothestory.org, on Twitter, and also through Facebook and Instagram.
New Hope Housing Partners with Astros Foundation For Third Year – since 2014
This is the story of two non-profits coming together to create lasting change by addressing the affordable housing and homeless crisis in Houston. New Hope is the primary partner of the Houston Astros and co-beneficiary of its annual Diamond Dreams Gala. Through this Gala, the Astros have been a major supporter in helping build our new Harrisburg housing community, which replaced our Hamilton property. With a special performance by Gladys Knight, supporters gathered to celebrate our World Series champs, mingle with players and raise funds for two great causes.
PHOTO: Mack Fowler, Executive Chairman of New Hope Housing, shaking hands with Jim Crane, owner of the Houston Astros, joined by Joy Horak-Brown, President and CEO of New Hope Housing, and Whitney Wheeler, spouse of Jim Crane.
New Hope After Harvey
At the request of the City of Houston, immediately after Hurricane Harvey, New Hope Housing began to manage The Residences on Emancipation, temporary housing for people displaced by the storm. Located at an East Downtown property that formerly served homeless women and families, The Residences on Emancipation houses nearly 300 people. Supportive services are in place to effectively assist individuals in finding permanent housing.
New Hope Housing President and CEO Honored with HBJ Women Who Mean Business Award
Houston Business Journal honors Joy Horak-Brown with the Women Who Mean Business Award, in the Outstanding Nonprofit Business Leader category. Joy is one of eight winners. The WWMB program honors businesswomen based on their career achievements, contributions to the company and city success, and community involvement and leadership.
Astros Foundation Diamond Dreams Gala Benefits New Hope Housing at Harrisburg
The Astros Foundation hosted its annual Diamond Dreams Gala. Located on the field of Minute Maid Park, the event included a special performance by Diana Ross along with meet and greet opportunities with Astros players. Event proceeds support The Astros Foundation and New Hope Housing’s Harrisburg development.
Groundbreaking of New Hope Housing at Reed
New Hope broke ground on our first supportive housing property for homeless and at-risk families. NHH at Reed is a 187-unit multifamily apartment community designed to help uplift families from situational and generational poverty.
PHOTO: Mack Fowler, Executive Chairman, New Hope Housing, addresses community stakeholders at the groundbreaking celebration on October 12, 2016.
New Hope Housing Breaks Ground on New SRO property, New Hope Housing at Harrisburg
In April 2016, New Hope broke ground on our new SRO property, NHH at Harrisburg, our first mixed-use development. Harrisburg is a transit-oriented property located on the new METRO light rail in the historic East End. This 175-unit supportive housing community includes retail and commercial office space.
PHOTO: Jim Crane, Owner & Chairman, Houston Astros Baseball Club; Karla Cisneros, Council Member District H, City of Houston; The Honorable Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston; Joy Horak-Brown, President & CEO, New Hope Housing; Mack Fowler, Executive Chairman, New Hope Housing.
New Hope Housing Wins 2016 APEX Award for Excellence for Website Design – Along with 8 others
The APEX Awards for Publication Excellence is an annual competition for corporate and nonprofit publishers, editors, writers and designers who create print, Web, electronic and social media. Out of 102 entries for websites across the country, New Hope was selected along with 8 others to receive this honor.
ULI-Houston Recognizes New Hope Housing Rittenhouse with Development of Distinction Award
The Urban Land Institute’s Development of Distinction awards program recognizes best practices in all types of real estate development. The Houston award is modeled after the ULI Awards for Excellence global competition, which has been recognizing real estate development for more than 30 years. This award not only is in recognition of the high-quality, beautiful building and the detailed effort that went into developing the property; it also is about the purpose of this affordable housing community and New Hope’s mission – to offer Housing + Services to help people who want to improve their lives.
PHOTO: Philip Croker, Managing Director, Hines; Tamara Foster, Director of Communities, New Hope Housing; Emily Abeln, Director of Real Estate Development, New Hope Housing; Nicole Cassier, Director of Fund Development, New Hope Housing; Neal Rackleff, Director, Housing and Community Development Department, City of Houston; Mack Fowler, Board President, New Hope Housing; Sanford Criner, EVP Global Corporate Services, CBRE; Joy Horak-Brown, Executive Director, New Hope Housing; Ray Miller, SVP Community Development Finance, Capital One Bank; Ernesto Maldonado, Founding Partner, Glassman Shoemake Maldonado Architects, Inc.
New Hope Housing Honored with HBJ Landmark Award
Houston Business Journal honors New Hope’s Rittenhouse property with a 2015 Landmark Award for Community Impact. The HBJ’s annual awards program recognizes real estate projects that, upon completion, make a significant impact on the Houston landscape.
PHOTO: Ernesto Maldonado, Founding Partner, Glassman Shoemake Maldonado Architects, Inc.; Tamara Foster, VP of Onsite Operations, New Hope Housing; Karen Briggs Gwin, CPA, MBA, Treasurer and CFO, New Hope Housing; Joy Horak-Brown, President and CEO, New Hope Housing; Mack Fowler, Executive Chairman, New Hope Housing; Ray Miller, SVP, Community Development Finance, Capital One Bank; Tim Phillips, EVP, Commercial Banking, Patriot Bank; Garrett Thompson, VP of Operations, Vistamont Realty Management; Emily Abeln, Director of Real Estate Development, New Hope Housing; Nicole Cassier, VP of Fund Development/Communications, New Hope Housing.
New Hope Housing Rittenhouse Wins Award for Major Community Impact
Rittenhouse received the 2016 Developments of Distinction Award presented by Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits, honored in the LIHTC Development that Best Exemplifies Major Community Impact category. Novogradac & Company LLP is a national certified public accounting and consulting firm representing a broad range of industries, with a major emphasis in the real estate sector.
PHOTO: Thomas Morton, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Emily Abeln, Director of Real Estate Development, New Hope Housing
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.
PHOTO: 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 Housing 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.”
PHOTO: 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 Housing 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.
PHOTO: 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.
PHOTO: 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 Housing’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 Housing 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.
PHOTO: 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 Housing 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.
PHOTO: 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 Housing
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.
PHOTO: 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 Housing 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.
PHOTO: 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 Housing 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 Housing at Brays Crossing Wins Two Builder’s Choice Design and 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.
PHOTO: New Hope’s Executive Director Joy Horak-Brown accepts one of the 2011 Design & Planning Awards.
New Hope Awarded Housing Tax Credits for Seventh 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 Housing 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 Housing 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 New Hope Housing Canal Street
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.