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December 28: Nancy Biberman
b>Nancy Biberman; Founder of the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation Education: Barnard College and Rutgers Law School Family: Husband, two sons and one daughter When she started her efforts to restore the Bronx: The late 1980's Next project: A development with 290 apartments next to Yankee Stadium
Nancy Biberman has long been working to make the Bronx a more beautiful, more prosperous place. Her vision of providing low-income women and families with affordable, safe and healthy homes has been fully realized by the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation, the organization she helped found and leads.
WHEDCo builds elegant, affordable and "green" communities, reflecting the belief that physical environments shape people. Nancy knows that despite divides in wealth, race or the place we call home, every family needs the same basics, shares common aspirations and, given the right tools, will flourish.
Nancy began restoring the Bronx in the late '80s, when she led an organization that redeveloped 23 abandoned buildings into over 700 affordable apartments. She was acutely aware, however, that housing alone was not going to lift families out of poverty, especially in a borough as devastated as the Bronx. So she transformed an abandoned city hospital into the stunning Urban Horizons Economic Development Center, complete with doctors, a school, 132 apartments and microenterprise programs.
More recently, Nancy completed the largest affordable "green" building in the nation with 128 apartments for families. Intervale Green, with a half acre of green roofs, landscaping and public sculpture gardens has already garnered national awards for its design.
Her next development, to be located a stone's throw from Yankee Stadium, will incorporate 290 apartments for families with apartments for elder musicians, a performance space where these musicians can give lessons to aspiring young musicians and host public recitals, a public school, hydroponic garden, community center and park.
WHEDCo today is a thriving non profit company with over 130 employees and an annual budget of over $12 million. In addition to the development of beautiful physical environments, WHEDCo educates young people in its Head Start center, provides arts and enrichment activities to over 2,000 youngsters a year and trains women to provide childcare in their own homes, a venture now serving more than 25,000 women in New York City.
Through WHEDCo, Nancy continues to successfully transform the Bronx into a more equitable and economically vibrant place to live and raise a family. She is a graduate of Barnard College and Rutgers Law School, wife, and mother of two sons and one daughter.