Gulf Coast Green 2019
Crossroads: Inclusive Exchange


New Hope Housing: How Sustainable Construction Supports Affordable Housing


New Hope Housing, Inc. (NHH) provides life-stabilizing, affordable, permanent housing with support services for people who live on very limited incomes. NHH is recognized as having established the model for single room occupancy (SRO) housing in the State of Texas, and is the preeminent model for permanent supportive housing for families. We implement the highest management standards of the private sector multifamily industry at all our properties. Meticulous standards of property design, landscape, maintenance and repair are imperative to protect the investment of donors and the fiscal integrity of each property. This presentation will include the LEED program for Sustainable Construction that guides the design, construction and management of affordable housing. 



Joy Horak-Brown

As NHH’s founding president and CEO, Joy is responsible for real estate development, property management, social service programming, fundraising, marketing, public relations and administration for NHH, a 26-year nonprofit developer of life-stabilizing, affordable, permanent Housing + Services for people coping to survive on extremely low incomes. Under Joy’s leadership, NHH has grown from an organization that operated 40 units of apartment housing to one with nearly 1,200 units at eight properties around Houston, in addition to more than $56MM under development. NHH just recently opened its first affordable housing property for homeless and at-risk families and also its first mixed-use development located on the light rail line. 


Ernesto Maldonado

Ernesto Luis Maldonado is the owner of GSMA. He has been responsible for both residential and institutional projects, with a specialty in the coordination and integration of buildings and gardens. After receiving his Masters in Architecture from Rice University, Ernesto worked for firms in Houston and Boston on projects ranging from corporate and multi-family residential to institutional architecture and planning. In addition to his work with GSMA Ernesto is actively involved in the Houston community, working with Houston-area professional and community groups to solve housing, commercial, and master planning challenges.  

Time and Location


10:50am - 11:40am


CE Credit