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 homelessenes, 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
Nicole Clare, Chief Real Estate Development Officer, BRC
Diane Louard-Michel, Executive Director, Lantern Community Services
Tierra Labrada, Senior Policy Analyst, Supportive Housing Network of New York
Jeanette Ruffins, Chief Executive Officer, Homeward NYC (dba West End Residences)
Mark Jennings, Associate Executive Director, Project FIND
Fred Shack, President and CEO, Urban Pathways
Senior Policy Analyst
The Supportive Housing Network of New York
Associate Executive Director
212-874-0300 x 213