Racial Equity in Supportive Housing (RESH)

The Racial Equity in Supportive Housing Workgroup (RESH) launched its inaugural 24-week certificate and mentoring program, Readying Emerging Leaders in Supportive Housing (RELISH)! The program launched on October 7th and held its graduation on December 16th. See the press release here

To apply as a mentor, click here          

See below for a recording of the RELISH information session hosted by RESH


The Racial Equity in Supportive Housing (RESH) Workgroup is a volunteer affinity group launched in 2020 to examine and implement tangible solutions to advance leadership and racial equity for NYS supportive housing stakeholders who identify as Black.

RESH’s mission is to advocate for policies and practices that advance racial and wage equity and improve the quality of life for Black people connected to the supportive housing sector.

Black people have been historically and disproportionately impacted by poverty and homelessness, and face the most systemic barriers to accessing economic and social opportunities. In New York, nearly 70% of the homeless population is Black, and 80% of workers providing  care for the homeless or formerly homeless are women of color.  Yet, data shows that the leadership of organizations providing services does not often reflect the populations they serve. The mission and vision of RESH is to break down the systemic and systematic barriers that prevent our workforce and client base from thriving.


RESH is primarily comprised of Black leaders in the field working in New York State and advocates for:

Elevating and sustaining the progressive leadership for Black people

Compensation, benefits, workplace policies and organizational cultures that more comprehensively support our essential workers

Clincial and operational practices that improve the quality of life for program participants

Centering true anti-racism efforts in all our activities 

Committee Chairs:

Nicole Clare, Chief Real Estate Development Officer, BRC
Diane Louard-Michel, Executive Director, Lantern Community Services
Tierra Labrada, Associate Director of Advocacy and Outreach, Supportive Housing Network of New York
Jeannette Ruffins, Chief Executive Officer, Homeward NYC (dba West End Residences)
Mark Jennings, Associate Executive Director, Project FIND
Fred Shack, President and CEO, Urban Pathways


Tierra Labrada
Associate Director of Advocacy and Outreach
The Supportive Housing Network of New York

Mark Jennings
Associate Executive Director
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