CAMBA, Inc. and CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc. (CHV) have been selected as 2022 Community Honorees by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. — an award which was presented at Enterprise’s New York Gala on November 16th.
“CAMBA and CHV are proud to be among the Community Honorees at this year’s Enterprise New York Gala,” said Joanne M. Oplustil, President and CEO of CAMBA and CHV. “We have long worked side-by-side to ensure that we can provide permanent and supportive housing for New Yorkers who need it most.”
During its November 16th Gala, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. also celebrated its national 40th Anniversary as it highlighted the past, present, and future of Enterprise in New York and recognized its network of partners.
“We are thrilled to be recognized as a trusted partner by Enterprise, an organization that is mission-aligned with CHV in the construction and preservation of sustainable, supportive and affordable housing throughout New York City,” said David A. Rowe, Chief Administrative Officer of CHV. “Enterprise and CHV have collaborated on many aspects of housing development throughout our more than 17 years, including technical assistance, predevelopment lending, LIHTC syndication, design-focused grants, and challenging work-out deals.”
In addition to CAMBA and CHV, Enterprise also honored Asian Americans for Equality, Community League of the Heights (CLOTH), Fordham-Bedford Housing Corporation, INHS, and MHANY Management, Inc., a mutual housing association, as 2022 Community Honorees.
James Rouse, founder of Enterprise, said, “The reason you would create anything is because you love it enough to see it exist.” Forty years after creating Enterprise Community Partners, Rouse’s words live on through our collective dedication to affordable housing.
“CHV’s fellow Community Honorees are impactful and dedicated organizations,” added David. “We’re incredibly proud of the work we do alongside these groups, as we create meaningful change by providing affordable and supportive housing to disadvantaged New Yorkers.”
CAMBA is one of Brooklyn’s largest community-based organizations, with a budget of over $200 million and diverse and dedicated staff of more than 1,600 employees. Although the Church Avenue Merchant Block Association (CAMBA) was founded in 1977 as a merchants’ block association, the agency has grown in direct response to the needs of the Brooklyn community and beyond. Today, CAMBA provides services to 70,000 individuals and families annually through over 170 programs in an integrated set of six program areas: Economic Development, Education and Youth Development, Family Support, Health, Housing, and Legal Services.
About CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc.
Formed in 2005 in New York City, CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc. (CHV) envisions diverse, thriving communities where affordable housing plays a transformative role in the success of low-income individuals and families. CHV’s mission is to elevate the definition of affordable and supportive housing by creating and preserving sustainable, high-quality, and energy-efficient developments that provide residents with a healthy, stabilizing, and beautiful home. CHV’s portfolio, including work-out, acquisition, new construction, rehabilitation, and preservation deals, represents more than $1 billion in public and private investment in completed or in-progress developments located throughout New York City. We’ve created, partnered to create, or are in construction and predevelopment on 16 developments that, together, provide 2,770 units of affordable housing. More than 7,000 individuals live in housing developed by CHV in four of the five boroughs.
Photograph: Eugene Gologursky, courtesy of Enterprise