Celebrating 44 Years of Self Help: Our 2017 Benefit

To celebrate the success of the residents with whom we work, UHAB is hosting a benefit:  44 Years of Self Help on Wednesday, November 15th, from 6 to 10 pm at Tribeca Rooftop (2 Desbrosses Street in Lower Manhattan). 

We'll be honoring Andrew Knox, partner, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood/Architects, and The New York Community Trust, which has supported UHAB since our earliest days. James A. Fenniman, Executive Vice President & Senior Director of Affordable Housing at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., will serve as this year's dinner chair.  A long-time affordable housing advocate, James helped form the Lower East Side's Adopt-a-Building program in the 1970s.  He also helped us create UHAB's popular Fire and Liability Insurance Program (FLIP), designed especially for affordable co-ops. 
 
If you would like to become a sponsor of the event, purchase a ticket, or make a contribution, fill out the invitation form and email it to derrick@uhab.org, or mail it to
 
Rachel Christmas Derrick, c/o UHAB
120 Wall Street, 20th floor
New York, NY 10005
 
 

Honorees

Andrew Knox is a former co-chair of the New York City AIA Housing Committee.  He has worked with UHAB as our architect on nearly all of our projects since we began co-op development in 2001.  For more than 15 years, Andrew has provided sage advice and technical expertise on an array of issues as UHAB has broadened homeownership opportunities for low-income households. 
 

The New York Community Trust has provided UHAB with consistent support since our earliest days.  Its funding has enabled our organization to evolve and innovate as we develop new programs, move in new directions, and build new capacities in response to New York City’s ever-changing affordable housing landscape.  President Lorie A. Slutsky, Vice President for Grants Patricia Jenny, and Patricia Swann, Senior Program Officer, Thriving Communities, each in her time has taken a deep interest in the work that UHAB does and has helped us hone and strengthen our efforts.

Dinner Chair

James A. Fenniman, Executive Vice President & Senior Director of Affordable Housing at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., is a long-time affordable housing advocate. In the 1970s, he helped form the Lower East Side's Adopt-a-Building program in the 1970s.  He also helped us create UHAB's popular Fire and Liability Insurance Program (FLIP), designed especially for affordable co-ops.


Housing Heroes

Vern Ballard, who says that becoming a homeowner was one of the hardest things that he has ever done, helped lead his Harlem apartment building through the arduous renovation and resident training process so that, after a dozen years of struggle, it could finally turn into a strong HDFC co-op.

Debbie Bechtel, one of New York City's foremost legal experts on low-income housing cooperative issues, greatly expanded free legal services for HDFC co-ops through the clinic she developed at Brooklyn Law School in 1997 that now trains and deploys 16 to 20 students each year. 

Through Cooperators United for Mitchell-Lama, Adele Niederman, Christine Fowley, and Jeanne Poindexter have all fought to stop the privatization of their Manhattan and Brooklyn co-ops, leading the city-wide efforts of Mitchell-Lama residents to save these truly affordable, nonprofit cooperative developments. 

Vera Robinson, whose Bronx apartment building was abandoned in the 1980s by a landlord who took the boiler with him (in the winter!), became one of the Tenacious Twelve--the tenants who stuck it out to transform their building into the thriving HDFC co-op it is today.

Daphany Rose Sanchez, who advocates for energy equity and efficiency access in housing for New York City's low-income and immigrant communities, has helped more than 18,000 affordable housing units gain access to energy efficiency opportunities in her work with the Mayor's NYC Retrofit Accelerator programs.

Deborah Sanders, a Harlem HDFC shareholder who strengthened her building by pushing for board member term limits and helping to secure tax abatements to keep maintenance payments low, also advocates for legislation that would sustain the affordability of all HDFC co-ops. 

 

We look forward to seeing you there!