Tamara joined the New Hope Housing team in 2003. In her role now as Vice President of Onsite Operations, Tamara is responsible for overall fiscal accountability of 120 million in assets comprised of seven (7) single room occupancy (SRO) supportive housing communities along with a 187 unit family project. She is charged with overall property management, including oversight of personnel (95+), and physical asset management of New Hope’s non-profit residential housing portfolio. Additionally, she ensures operational compliance with all public and private funding obligations. Tamara works closely with architects and project managers in the development of sites under construction to ensure durability, and practical, efficient use. Also under her purview is the development and implementation of New Hope’s Resident Programs providing life-stabilizing services to 826 adults and 187 families.
As part of New Hope’s housing + services program model, Tamara also works diligently within the greater Houston community to foster strong collaborations with the Houston Housing Authority and area social service agencies, such as Star of Hope, SEARCH, Health Care for the Homeless, United Healthcare, Child Protective Services, The Harris Center, and Area 360 (formerly HACS). Through these strong collaborations, vulnerable individuals and families are afforded high quality, affordable housing with intensive case management, and access to badly needed health education and medical services. Many of the individuals served are formerly homeless, aging, and have complex health and social support needs, with cognitive disabilities.
Tamara is a graduate of the National Apartment Association’s CAPS (Certified Portfolio Supervisor) program, and holds certifications through the National Center for Housing Management in Low Income Tax Credits and Fair Housing. She is a graduate of St. Luke’s Collaborative Leadership Academy (2014) and a graduate of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders Emerging Leader program (2011). She has been a proud member of Comerica Bank’s Texas Community Development Advisory Council since 2010 and a sits on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations, Houston Apartment Association and Texas Homeless Network.