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Breaking Ground CEO Brenda Rosen Named Chair of The Network’s Board of Directors

Breaking Ground CEO Brenda Rosen Named Board Chair of The Supportive Housing Network of New York

May 17, 2017

NEW YORK – The Supportive Housing Network of New York (The Network) today announced Brenda Rosen, President and CEO of Breaking Ground, is the organization’s new chair of its Board of Directors. The non-profit Breaking Ground is New York’s largest supportive housing provider. Brenda Rosen replaces Richman Housing Resources LLC President William Traylor, who is stepping down as Board Chair after twelve years of dedicated service in this role.

“Few people have contributed more to the supportive housing movement and to the Network’s growth than Bill Traylor and we are deeply grateful that he will continue to share his expertise on the board. We are also greatly blessed to have Brenda as our new Board Chair. Personally and professionally her unique understanding of policy and practice combined with her enormous heart and passion will be a great asset to the organization, our members and to me personally. Who better than Brenda, CEO of New York’s most prolific supportive housing developer, to help guide our organization in this next phase of our work as we build 35,000 new supportive housing units statewide,” said Network Executive Director Laura Mascuch.

“The Network is an important and vital part of New York's affordable housing infrastructure; part and parcel of its strength is that we have an outstanding board. The Network is fortunate to have as its new Board chair someone of Brenda's stature, vision and outstanding talent,” said outgoing Board Chair William Traylor.

“The Network has long been among the greatest champions of supportive housing, not just for New York but nationwide, advocating on behalf of nonprofits that care for our society’s most vulnerable. I am honored to serve as this organization’s new Board Chair at such a critical time for commitments to address homelessness in New York, and take these reins from my colleague William Traylor who had provided such outstanding leadership to grow The Network’s reputation and impact over many years,” said Brenda Rosen, President & CEO of Breaking Ground.

The Network, established in 1988, represents over 200 nonprofits that develop and operate supportive housing. As the only supportive housing membership organization in New York State, The Network serves as a voice and advocate for the provider community, which has created the largest, best-managed and most innovative supportive housing stock in the nation.

Since 1990, Breaking Ground has helped more than 13,000 people escape and avoid homelessness. As the State’s largest supportive housing provider, the organization owns and/or operates 19 transitional and permanent housing residences, in New York City, upstate New York and Connecticut, with a current pipeline of 1,694 additional supportive and affordable units in some stage of predevelopment or development. Breaking Ground also runs, under contract with the City’s Department of Homeless Services, homeless street outreach work in all of Brooklyn, Queens, and a portion of Manhattan.

Brenda Rosen has served on The Network’s board since 2013. Rosen has devoted her career to the issue of homelessness, first as an attorney in New York City’s Department of Homeless Services. She joined Breaking Ground in 1999 as Director of the Prince George residence, where she helped to establish a model of sustainable affordable supportive housing for New York City. In 2006, she assumed the position of Director of Housing Operations and Programs. In the role of President and CEO since 2011, Brenda leads Breaking Ground in its mission to address homelessness in New York.