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Jennifer Jones Austin, Rihanna Hall, Samara Johnson, Nicola Hall, Anne Delaney, Sheri Sandler, Rita Zimmer, Annie Bovian and Abigail Disney at our 20th Anniversary Benefit and Good Person Awards

HousingPlus kicks off our 20th Anniversary Celebration on June 1st.

Our Benefit and Good Person Awards Celebration, hosted at the Union League Club, honored our 20 years of providing housing and support for women in New York City.

Our Good Person Award Winners:

  • Abigail Disney, Filmmaker, Activist and Philanthropist in recognition of her decades of
    dedicated advocacy, philanthropy, and activism.
  • Rita Zimmer, HousingPlus Founder and Executive Director in recognition of her decades-long commitment to service and changing women's lives.
  • Rev. Annie Bovian, in recognition of her decades-long commitment to ministry, and advocacy for women in prison.
  • Nicola Hall, HousingPlus Tenant, in recognition of her commitment to consistently showing up for HousingPlus, championing their mission and her full commitment to providing a safe and nurturing environment for her daughters

The keynote of the evening was a powerful panel discussion on housing inequality. Hosted by Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO of FPWA and featuring panelists Abigail Disney, Rita Zimmer and Annie Bovian, the discussion centered on housing as a fundamental right and how housing and income inequality affect not only the women HousingPlus serves, but generations of people throughout our country.

HousingPlus was able to raise over $300,000 that evening to support our life-changing work. You can watch the honoree videos of Rita, Annie and Nicola on our media page. Keep an eye out for Abigail’s documentary, The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales, coming later this year



October 26, 2022- HousingPlus is selected as a finalist for the Brooklyn Community Foundations Spark Prize of $100,000! We are also eligible to receive a matching gift of $5,000 to go towards our goal for Giving Tuesday.

October 4, 2022- HousingPlus participates in the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Chestnut Commons Apartments, the new complex is home to Aurora House, our newest program site. Rita Zimmer spoke at the ceremony, joined by many public officials and partners of the project.

June 30, 2022- HousingPlus is proud to support and shout out our sister organization WCJA for their work with the Path to Under 100 initiative. The plan's focus is getting the number of women and gender expansive people held on Rikers Island to under 100. Learn more about the Path to Under 100 here.

June 24 2022- HousingPlus is thrilled to be one of 100 #LowesHometowns Community Impact Projects this year! This opportunity will allow us to renovate our community space for tenants. We can’t wait to share our progress and the reveal with you. Thank you @Lowes and follow along using #LowesHometowns. Read more about LowesHometowns here. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide community-based housing and comprehensive services to women, including women with children, to support them in overcoming poverty, homelessness, addiction, trauma, and the effects of incarceration, in order to build lives of stability, and to define and realize goals for themselves and for their families.

In 2002, HousingPlus opened its doors to six families and six single women who had been incarcerated and homeless and needed safe housing and assistance to re-enter the community. We handed each woman a key to her own apartment. Our hallmark is our unwavering commitment to addressing the lack of housing and services for historically underserved and marginalized NYC women and their children, including female veterans, justice-involved women, and women with histories of mental health challenges, sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance use, chronic illness, adverse childhood experiences, and other trauma.

Our impact is strong and profound—over the years, we have helped hundreds of women access the resources needed to secure safe and stable housing, become self-sufficient, and build family stability. Today, we house approximately 176 families and single women across eight programs in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

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