Thought Leadership: Navigating the Road that Lies Ahead
2021 presented its share of challenges for everyone in the affordable housing universe. NHPF continues to rise to meet these challenges, often through its robust thought leadership program. Examples include the article below from Multihousing News (December 22, 2021) featuring NHPF’s “7 Strategies for More Resilient Affordable Housing.” This well-researched piece is designed to inform and incent those with whom we work and enable us all to continue our mission-driven efforts in 2022 with a renewed sense of purpose.


7 Strategies for More Resilient Affordable Housing

Many affordable home renters are just one natural disaster, financial crisis or health emergency away from housing insecurity. The structural instability and financially precarious state of rental affordable housing becomes more acute with each threat.

Recently, The NHP Foundation (NHPF) undertook a study on affordable housing vulnerability. Along with Enterprise Community Partners, the organization queried more than 100 affordable housing stakeholders including investors, housing agency leaders, developers, elected officials and others.

Survey participants rated housing policy and other interventions from the past decade, divided into three distinct periods . . .

The NHPF 2021 Symposium: A Decade of Housing Vulnerability

The 5th Annual NHPF Symposium was also an achievement in thought leadership as we brought together mayors of major municipalities to present their perspectives on creating more resilient housing.

Specifically, Mayor Justin Elicker of New Haven espoused the best ways to leverage current land use and other policies; Mayor Francis Suarez of Miami highlighted exciting new funding sources for affordable housing such as cryptocurrency and Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston discussed the importance of partnerships. The event also showcased conversations with policy influencers and academics as well as Housing Agency partners.


A Plaza Borinquen Holiday Story

In the Puerto Rican culture, the holiday season is ingrained in the populace form the day one is born, enriching all with values, traditions and the history of the island and its people. All of the residents at Plaza Borinquen are from Puerto Rico and enjoy Christmas time, which is a nonstop celebration until mid-January.

Christmas celebrations in Puerto Rico begin very late in November and do not stop on December 25th. The biggest holiday dates are December 24—Nochebuena/Good Night-Christmas Eve; December 25 —Navidad/Christmas; December 31—Despedida de Año/New Year’s Eve; and the biggest and most important of all for the children, el Día de Los Reyes Margos/Three Kings Day—Epiphany on January 6.

The pandemic has hit many of the residents hard; for some losing loved ones they couldn’t say goodbye to back home . . .


NHPF Receives Two AHP Grants from Federal Home Loan Bank

The NHP Foundation was awarded more than $1.4 million in two competitive Affordable Housing Program grants (“AHP Grant”) from Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (“FHLBNY”) to rehabilitate and preserve affordable housing in Newark. Irvine Turner Apartments, with 94 units, will receive $987,055 and Center City Apartments, which has 49 units, will receive $430,000.

The organization, in partnership with Citizens Bank, was also awarded a $650,000 competitive Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant from Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (FHLBankBoston) to create 56 units of mixed-income housing and commercial space in New Haven. This initiative will be completed through a partnership with the city, West River Self Help Investment Plan (WRSHIP), and the NHPF.


Our Top 5 Picks in this Quarter

Start the year off right with a selection of meaningful media choices—films, TV shows, books and podcasts—to feed your brain and arm you with compassion and empathy as we forward the mission to provide more housing for Americans of low and middle income.

  1. Lead Me Home, now streaming on Netflix, seeks to humanize the housing crisis. Rather than taking a long, deep dive into this issue from a policy standpoint, the short documentary spends just 40 minutes capturing the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, as well as the frequently dead-end conversations between those in power.
  2. In her groundbreaking new book, Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White, leading civil rights historian Patricia Sullivan looks at the struggle for racial justice through the lens of Kennedy’s work during his terms as attorney general and senator, until his tragic assassination on the campaign trail when vying for president in 1968.
  3. In 1992, a jury failed to convict the four Los Angeles police officers who’d been captured on videotape beating Rodney King. The city erupted into fire and chaos—the culmination of decades of unchecked police abuse and racial injustice. For the sixth season of Slate’s Slow Burn podcast, Joel Anderson returns to explore the people and events behind the biggest civil disturbance in American history—a story that’s still playing out today.
  4. In his new book, The Contagion Next Time, Sandro Galea, Dean of the Boston University School of Public Health, draws a straight line from failures in public health and the legacy of Jim Crow legislation to the devastation wreaked on society by the Pandemic. “Investing in the healthiest population possible is an act of national security against a future pandemic”—and it begins with an investment in providing housing that will help ensure healthier, more resilient communities.
  5. Although this film is actually from 2020, it resonates just as deeply today. Sorry We Missed You depicts the vise into which many people are forced to put head, hearts, and lives in order to pay the rent and feed their families.

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About the NHP Foundation
Headquartered in New York City with offices in Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL, The NHP Foundation (NHPF) was launched on January 30, 1989, as a publicly supported 501(c)(3) not-for-profit real estate corporation. NHPF is dedicated to preserving and creating sustainable, service-enriched multifamily housing, and scattered-site communities that are both affordable to low and moderate income families and seniors, and beneficial to their communities. Through Family-Centered Coaching, NHPF’s subsidiary Operation Pathways engages with, and assists, families experiencing poverty and other hardship, to problem-solve together. Through partnerships with major financial institutions, the public sector, faith-based initiatives, and other not-for-profit organizations, NHPF has 57 properties, including nearly 10,000 units, in 17 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, please visit
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