Who We Are

Gateway Housing is a newly-established 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that will transform New York City’s homeless shelter system into an effective, evidence-based intervention that assists homeless people to become more independent and integrated into their communities.

Led by a board of directors and staff with extensive expertise serving homeless New Yorkers, Gateway Housing works closely with nonprofit service providers to rehabilitate the city’s aging shelter stock. Gateway develops financing and legal structures, architectural designs, project scopes and resident relocation plans that will create transitional housing — the Gateway Housing model — of which we can all be proud.

But we don’t stop there.

Reinvesting in New York City’s shelters is an opportunity to make these programs more effective. With homeless New Yorkers often spending years in the shelter system, we must do more to understand which services and supports actually help families and individuals become as independent and stable as they can be in the long-term.

That is why Gateway Housing assists homeless service providers to adopt person-centered service programs that employ proven, evidence-based practices and standardized staff training, credentials, oversight and staff-to-client ratios. Gateway Housing is facilitating an independent program evaluation that will collect data, as well as staff and resident experience, to identify transitional service interventions that have measurable impacts on residents’ long-term housing stability and other positive life outcomes.

To achieve this transformation, Gateway Housing facilitates, coordinates, shares findings and provides technical expertise on all aspects of the initiative to participating providers, government and the affordable housing community at large.

Gateway Housing’s goal is nothing less than to initiate a fundamental shift away from New York’s current “one-size-fits-all” emergency homeless response. With success, Gateway Housing’s transformation of the shelter system will have national implications. Gateway’s comprehensive, anti-poverty approach will:

  • improve a shelter system badly in need of repair
  • create new permanent affordable housing units
  • strengthen neighborhoods with new on-site community-based supports
  • establish an ongoing capital development pipeline with standardized financing terms
  • develop and test a consistent, replicable service program that can ultimately be adopted systemwide

Have a potential Gateway site for development?  Contact Ted Houghton at [email protected]

Board of Directors

  • Paul Freitag, West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing
  • Tony Hannigan, Center for Urban Community Services
  • Laura Jervis, West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing
  • Laura Mascuch, Supportive Housing Network of New York
  • George Nashak, HELP USA
  • Cris Parque, The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies
  • Ilene Popkin, Citizens Housing and Planning Council
  • Christine Quinn, Women In Need
  • Eileen Torres, BronxWorks
  • Bill Traylor, Richman Housing Resources

Agency Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only

Staff

Ted Houghton, President, Gateway Housing

Ted is the President of Gateway Housing. Prior to Gateway, Ted served as Executive Deputy Commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), overseeing the State’s housing and community renewal agencies, including the NYS Housing Finance Agency, Housing Trust Fund Corporation, Affordable Housing Corporation, Division of Housing and Community Renewal, and the State of New York Mortgage Agency.

Previously, Mr. Houghton led the Supportive Housing Network of New York, a member organization of over 200 nonprofit supportive housing providers and developers operating more than 50,000 supportive housing apartments across the state. Ted has also been a writer and policy adviser to government, foundations and nonprofit organizations on housing, mental health, employment and homelessness, and worked for the New York City Department of Homeless Services and the Coalition for the Homeless.

Jennifer Redman, Finance and Development

Jennifer will provide technical assistance to all Gateway Housing projects in the areas of housing finance and development. Prior to Gateway, Jennifer served as a Vice President for Acquisitions at Richman Housing Resources, where she oversaw over $500 million of affordable housing investments in New York City. She has particular expertise in the use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits, New York City and State and Federal housing financing as well as in the use of Tax Exempt Bonds. Prior to Richman, Jennifer worked at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the National Equity Fund where she focused on affordable housing and community development finance.

History

October 2013

The Gateway Housing Demonstration Initiative grew from the ongoing work of a group of twenty experts involved in assisting homeless New Yorkers who developed a multi­‐pronged anti-­poverty agenda for the next mayoral administration. The resulting agenda “Places of Change” focused in particular on homelessness.

February 2014

The Gateway Housing Workgroup is established and begins meeting with representatives of Mayor de Blasio’s Administration to understand its needs and to define parameters for a new transitional housing program for homeless New Yorkers.

April 2015

The Gateway Housing Workgroup and the New York City Department of Homeless Services agree on the basic terms of the Gateway Housing Demonstration Initiative. This new program will include four to six developments that will provide 400 to 600 homeless households with Gateway Housing.

May 2015

Gateway Housing Workgroup and the New York City Department of Homeless Services identify five initial developments to be included in the Gateway Housing Demonstration Initiative to include 440 Gateway Housing placements for homeless households, 260 additional affordable housing units and community facilities to serve both the residents and the neighborhoods where Gateway housing is located.

August 2015

The Gateway Development Assistance Corporation is formed establishes a board of directors, and appoints Ted Houghton as President.

Winter 2016

Staff will assist project developers in securing development and operating resource allocations and structuring each project’s financing. Staff will also look to expand the Gateway Housing program to five additional not-for-profit participants.

Spring - Fall 2016

Work on the project sites including land use review, community approvals and financing will continue to progress.  Additional sites will continue to be identified to add to the pipeline of projects.

Spring 2017

The first Gateway Housing projects close on their financing and break ground.

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