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
  • Tom Hameline, HELP USA
  • Laura Mascuch, Supportive Housing Network of New York
  • George Nashak, HELP USA
  • Cris Parque, nonprofit strategist / consultant
  • 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

Ted Houghton, President

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.

Brendan Cheney, Associate Director

In addition to his managerial duties, Brendan evaluates, analyzes and reports on shelter programs, capital development and the New York City shelter system, and has primary responsibility for all of Gateway Housing’s communications. Prior to joining Gateway, Brendan worked extensively on housing and homelessness issues, as a reporter for Politico New York, a senior policy analyst at the New York City Council, and a budget analyst at the New York City Independent Budget Office.

Henry Love, Coordinator — Improving School Attendance of Homeless Children (ISAHC)

Henry oversees Gateway’s Improving School Attendance of Homeless Children (ISAHC) program, which identifies, addresses and manages multiple systemic, intergenerational and logistical barriers to improve school attendance among homeless children. Henry is a teaching fellow and Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.

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