The 24-week RELISH certificate and mentorship program was created in 2022 by the Racial Equity in Supportive Housing Workgroup (RESH) – a volunteer affinity group made up of Black leaders at half a dozen nonprofit organizations. RESH formed in 2020 to design and implement tangible solutions to address racial inequities in the supportive housing sector.
Close to 70 percent of New York City’s homeless population is Black, and 80 percent of the workers providing care for that population are women of color. But Black individuals are underrepresented in the leadership ranks of the organizations that provide those services. RESH and RELISH aim to change that.
RELISH provides Black emerging leaders in nonprofit homeless and housing organizations with the management, leadership, and networking skills necessary for upward mobility. The program includes bi-weekly seminars and mentorship, giving scholars the management, leadership, and networking skills necessary to advance in their chosen fields.
See here to read the Bronx Daily's coverage of the RELISH graduation ceremony.