Rita Zimmer is a 2022 AARP Purpose Prize winner!
This prestigious national award recognizes her creativity and innovative leadership for nearly 20 years at HousingPlus and 40+ years in NYC. In honor of Rita's achievements, HousingPlus has received a $50,000 award.
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Purpose Prize winners are eligible to win an additional $10,000 Inspire Award. Click here and VOTE TODAY for Rita & HousingPlus!
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.