The NHPF Quarterly
July 2020


The NHP Foundation 2020 Symposium
It is an honor to share the stellar speaker line-up at the 2020 NHPF Symposium:


We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker, Matthew Desmond, MacArthur “Genius,” author of the Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, draws on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data to transform our understanding of inequity and economic exploitation in America. Evicted won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal, the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, the Heartland Prize, and was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal. Desmond is currently a Professor of Sociology at Princeton University.

The program will also feature “Conversations” moderated by Andy Masters, Strategic Partnership Manager, Knowledge, Impact & Strategy, Enterprise, featuring notable personalities whose inspiring stories of growing up and out of poverty include:

Derek Anderson, NCAA, Olympic, and NBA Champion; raised in public housing; abandoned by both parents from age 11; homeless for three years; became a father at age 14; graduated from the University of Kentucky with degree in pharmacy; founded Stamina, a not-for-profit organization devoted to assisting women and children; authored a book by the same name.

Mary E. Badillo, MD, Assistant Professor ER Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center; raised in public housing in the Bronx with five siblings who all became medical or other professionals; received medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and Bachelors in Science degree from Fordham University; profiled in the CBS documentary “Bravery & Hope: 7 Days on the Front Line” as “Dr. Love,” a major force battling Covid-19.

Wes Moore, CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation; raised in subsidized housing in Baltimore; Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College; Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University; Oxford University Rhodes Scholar; captain and paratrooper with the US Army’s 82nd Airborne; White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore; latest book Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City is a portrait of Baltimore in the aftermath of the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

Liz Murray, Inspirational Speaker and Author; Bronx-born to addicted parents; became homeless when her mother died of AIDS-related complications; attended Harvard thanks to a New York Times scholarship for needy students; subject of Lifetime TV’s Emmy-nominated original film, “Homeless to Harvard” based on her bestselling memoir of the same name; co-founder/Executive Director, The Arthur Project, advocating for underserved youth; working to end generational poverty through relationship-based learning.

Kamari's Story,
Forest Park, New Orleans, LA

The community global garden has done much more than bring fresh produce and herbs to families. For Khamari, it has become a positive outlet, leadership opportunity, and it has transformed reading into a fun activity.

Affordable Housing Finance 2020 Readers’ Choice Award Finalists

The Mark Twain, NHPF’s affordable SRO property in Chicago, is a finalist in this prestigious industry competition in the Historic Rehab category. Subscribers can learn more here and vote as well.

The Mark Twain Awarded Enterprise Green Communities Certification

The NHP Foundation (NHPF) is pleased to announce that its affordable SRO property in Chicago, The Mark Twain, has achieved Enterprise Green Communities certification, the country’s only national green building certification program.

Two Current Articles Addressing Affordable Housing

We encourage you to read and share two articles that address affordable housing, education, and social mobility: Now is the Right Moment to Measure Educational Disparities and 5 Essential Books to Read on Making Cities Anti-racist.

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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 that is 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 9,664 units, in 15 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, please visit