Victor Rivera is a native New Yorker, who like many others, rose above the hardships of inner-city life to attain a sense of self-preservation and accountability. He spent many years in the streets of New York and combated gang violence, substance abuse, homelessness, and poverty. Turning hardship into triumph, Rivera was a single father who raised his two children from the ages of 12 and 14 through some of the most turbulent times of their development. Through his experience, the Bronx Parents Housing Network (BPHN) was born. His resiliency and ability to call upon and secure community resources to help society’s most disenfranchised people stem from his personal experience.