Letter from the CEO
At NHPF we often describe our organization’s business model as one that combines a charitable mission with the professional management and financial discipline of a for-profit enterprise. In our 31st year of creating and preserving safe, clean, affordable housing for low to moderate income families and seniors, we continue to expand our mission by including an extensive array of programs to improve the quality of life of our residents.
We are now living in unprecedented times, when many of our most vulnerable families can fall through society’s cracks—particularly without a decent place to call home. NHPF is rising to the challenge the way we have risen to challenges in the past—from the financial meltdown to myriad natural disasters—by marshalling resources and strategically finding ways to keep creating and preserving service-enriched housing people can afford.
At this time we find ourselves determined to redouble our efforts to provide dependable affordable housing for families and children experiencing entrenched poverty, which has only been exacerbated by the health and economic crisis upending our lives.
As industry thought leaders, an essential component to NHPF’s mission is our long-running Symposium series. Undeterred by the current climate, this year our organization will continue to harness and present education of interest to those in the affordable housing equation. Taking into account the backdrop of the tragic events facing our nation, this year our theme is “Growing Up & Out of Poverty: Why Housing Matters.” We are partnering to explore the intersection of affordable housing, academic success, and opportunities for economic and social mobility. To produce a significantly meaningful outcome, we will utilize studies, notable speakers and other sources to creatively deliver this information to our audience.
No matter the opportunities or challenges presented to families today, the starting point will always be “where you live” and “how you live.” To that end we are also pleased that families living in NHPF communities can avail themselves of onsite services that endure in even the most trying times.
Operation Pathways, NHPF’s affiliate Resident Services provider is not only the first CORES-certified resident services provider, it is also one of the first providers in the U.S. to adopt Family-Centered Coaching, rooted in an understanding of the combined institutional forces preventing families from moving forward. Family-Centered Coaching was developed by the Prosperity Agenda with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The entire Operation Pathways staff has been trained in Family-Centered Coaching and several of its senior leaders are certified trainers of the process.
Family-Centered Coaching reminds us that it is not our job to empower residents. In fact, the power already resides in them. It is our duty to walk alongside them as they work towards their own goals, and coach them along the way.
With a strong, devoted team, bolstered by committed, forward-thinking financial partners and industry advocates, The NHP Foundation will continue to provide housing that fulfills our commitment to those who are “growing up and out of poverty.”
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States
Richard F. Burns
NHPF President & Chief Executive Officer