Rita Zimmer envisioned and founded HousingPlus to provide community-based supportive housing for women including women with children in 2002. The overarching promise was to support them in overcoming homelessness, addictions, trauma, poverty and the effects of incarceration. Today, she leads one of the more innovative and responsive organizations in New York City providing stable and affordable housing coupled with thoughtful supportive services.
Ms. Zimmer also founded Women In Need, Inc. in 1983 and was its President until 2000. Over those years, Rita and Win received over seventeen public service awards, including the Robin Hood Foundation Heroes Award and the Brooke Astor Award for Public Service. Her earliest professional work included time as a Family Worker and Alcoholism Counselor in Rochester, New York. She has been in recovery for over 40 years, holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ricker College in Maine and received a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from New York University.
Annie Murphy | Deputy Executive Director
212‐213‐0221 x 1002
Joyce M. Kelly | Vice President of Tenant Services
212‐213‐0221 x 1005
Steven Vassall | Director of Property Management & Operations
347‐529‐2403 x 3004