UNHP 40th Anniversary!

Thank you for celebrating with us!

Thank you for joining UNHP this year in celebrating a special anniversary milestone! 2023 marks our 40th year, and we are commemorating this event in a number of ways! Click on the links below to learn more about our past achievements, current celebrations, and the partnerships that make these festivities possible.

40 and Still Fighting for the Bronx!

UNHP was founded through the creativity and agility of the community leaders and groups that came together in the ’70s and ’80s to fight the devastation that was spreading in the Bronx. The dedication, persistence, and creativity of the organization and so many of its staff have brought UNHP to this 40th year with 3 major functions—research and advocacy that is utilized by other community organizations, government, lenders, and bank regulators; a neighborhood resource center that assists Bronx residents with housing and personal financial issues; and oversight of hundreds of affordable apartments owned by non-profit housing organizations.

Tribute Post: Honoring the Contributions of Joseph P. Muriana

UNHP is proud to honor Joe Muriana for our 40th anniversary! Joe has shared his skills, goodwill, and passion for the Bronx as a Fordham University administrator, adjunct professor, Bronxite for the past 50 years, community organizer, executive director, and UNHP Board President. He has had significant positive influence on the borough, its people, educational institutions, housing, and businesses through his many years of dedicated service.

Meet UNHP’s Best of the Bronx Picks for our 40th Fiesta!

Guests will enjoy the best of the Bronx starting with the venue, Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation's Serviam Hall located on a green campus of affordable housing for senior citizens. Click here for our Best of the Bronx businesses and vendors. Event attendees will savor Caribbean food from Miss Vivienne's Catering, Bronx brews from Gun Hill Brewing Company, four decades of nostalgic Bronx beats with DJ V Squared and reflections on our past and future work in the community.

Donate to Further Our Mission

2023 marks University Neighborhood Housing Program's 40th year of striving for decent, affordable housing for the Bronx and for people of modest means throughout the City. We continue to fight for a Bronx that builds up its residents with economic empowerment, education, housing, and healthcare. We invite you to further support our mission and work if you are able—donations at any level are always welcome! You can mail us a check or donate online at this link (with an added processing fee). Thanks to your support UNHP will continue to work towards its mission in innovative ways in 2023 and beyond!

Anniversary Posts: Celebrate Our Past and Plans for the Future

Thank you to Our Sponsors!

Ruby Sponsor $10,000

  • Apple Bank
  • Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation
  • M&T Bank
  • New York Community Bank, a division of Flagstar Bank, N.A.

Decades Sponsor $5,000

  • Amalgamated Bank
  • BNY Mellon
  • BUILD, Inc
  • Dougert Management
  • Hayes Family Charitable Fund
  • HSBC Bank USA
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Lemle & Wolff Companies
  • Sycamore Birch Management Corporation
  • Valley Bank
  • Webster Bank
  • William & Eileen Kreussling Charitable Foundation
  • WMW Realty Management

Affordable Housing Supporter $3,000

  • Jim Buckley and Joan Gasser
  • Community Preservation Corporation
  • Dime Community Bank
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • Esquire Bank
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Popular Bank
  • TRYAX Realty Management
  • Santander Bank
  • WithumSmith+Brown, PC

Research and Action Supporter $2,000

  • In memory of Theresa Liu-Avitabile
  • Bank United
  • Brian J. Byrne & Jean McBride-Byrne
  • Emigrant Bank
  • Highbridge Community Development Corporation
  • Phipps Houses
  • John Van Bomel, Esq

Bronx Service Supporter $1,500

  • Benchmark Title Agency
  • Nancy Dillon & Edward O'Brien
  • Denis Sullivan & Patricia Haran
  • VaNessa LaNier
  • Joe Muriana and Annelen Madigan
  • Part of the Solution (POTS)
  • Ridgewood Savings Bank
  • Henry Schwalbenberg
  • Skyline 1 LLC
  • Spring Bank

Views NWBX Supporter $800

  • Denis & Peggy Boyle
  • The Bronx Design Group
  • The Bronx Pro Group
  • Brown & Brown
  • The Clarke Family
  • Alfred & Patricia Drummond
  • Sandra Erickson Real Estate, Inc
  • Fordham University
  • Roger and Geri Hayes
  • Johanna C. Kletter
  • The Mitchell Family
  • Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC)
  • Sklar & Sandler, LLP
  • Spanarkel Browne & Associates - Merrill Lynch
  • USA East Province of the Society of Jesus
  • Workforce Housing Group

Community Contributor $300-$700

  • La Familia Abrahamson
  • Diana Breen
  • Linda Blackstock
  • Mark Bourbeau 
  • Capital Appraisal Services
  • The Conley Family
  • Dailey Walker Strategies
  • Forsyth Street Affordable Housing 
  • Oda C. Friedheim
  • John Reilly & Lois Harr
  • Mike Lappin, Lappin Associates
  • LES People's Federal Credit Union
  • The Heng Ly Family
  • The Jost Family
  • Chris Planicka
  • The Strojan Family
  • Roxanna Chowdry-Velasquez


  1. The UNHP Multifamily Research and Action Center and its tool, the Building Indicator Project (BIP) identifies and addresses distressed multifamily buildings in New York City. The BIP is shared with 41 banks, 5 banking regulators, and NYC HPD, NYS CHR and 44 community and tenant advocate groups. The use of the BIP has aided in the improvement of tens of thousands multifamily rental units in NYC.
  2. In 2012, UNHP created the Northwest Bronx Resource Center (NWBRC) to address the lack of neighborhood services and the high use of predatory financial products. The NWBRC works to build financial stability and housing security among Bronx residents through a wide range of bilingual interconnected free financial inclusions and affordable housing services. The NWBRC helps about 3,000 low-income Bronx residents each year.
  3. UNHP works as a developer, community-based lender, and technical assistance provider to create and preserve affordable housing. UNHP oversees 27 affordable housing buildings in our community and works to ensure the properties provide decent affordable housing for the 1,216 households who call these multifamily buildings home. UNHP works towards this goal through financial restructuring, ongoing maintenance, and renovations as well as energy savings upgrades and improvements.

“UNHP never pretended to have all the answers. We pride ourselves on identifying questions that need to be answered. When people who are directly affected by an issue have input in its resolution - realistic answers will be found.”

— Jim Buckley, UNHP Executive Director