About Seventeen years ago, Bronx Parent Housing Network, Inc (BPHN) was born out of the sheer necessity for addressing the very personal street homelessness of its founders. Today President & CEO, Victor Rivera, who is one of the founders, vividly recounts his desperation and despondence which is not unlike the situations of the hundreds of homeless persons BPHN has serviced from the inception. It is this very personal commitment at the very top of the organizational structure that drives the how homeless persons are handled – very carefully and with utmost respect. It is because the BPHN roots emerged from the depths of homelessness and as a direct response to one of the most challenging and dehumanizing experiences, that the standards are set for what is possible – permanent housing is attainable no matter how daunting one’s current housing status is.
This is the kind of philosophy that has driven the core operations from its inception as a call to assistance in 2001 for inner-city single parents faced with homelessness and struggling to make ends meet. At that time, as a fledgling organization with a $700,000 budget, managing 36 housing units in 1 building, to now managing Department of Homeless Services, and the Human Resources Administration (HRA) government contracts totaling over $70 million dollars offering housing and support services that spans over 80 building sites. This explosive growth with increased contractual awards is evidence of the government’s confidence in BPHN’s efficient management capability with the successful acquisition of affordable supportive housing; and a determination to sincerely address the housing crisis for individuals and families. The most recent contract has elevated BPHN as the Master contractor for the City’s Emergency Housing Provider Management program that is comprised of 10 vendors/subcontractors who deliver housing services to homeless persons. Management functions are led by a highly skilled, culturally competent workforce of 5 Executive Leaders with core competency training and expertise in budget, finance, non-profit management, housing advocacy, behavioral health, and program development, with credentials at the Masters and Doctoral levels.
This explosive growth symbolizes not only BPHN’s comprehensive expertise as a housing provider, but demonstrates a unique depth of understanding of homelessness and the ability to continuously seek out opportunities to adequately address gaps and build capacity along the entire housing spectrum from street homeless, to stabilization beds, to long-term transitional and ultimately permanent housing. The provision of support systems throughout this continuum is what separates BPHN’s service delivery from the rest of the field.