Welcome Richard Burns, President & Chief Executive, NHPF
THE NHP FOUNDATION is proud to be hosting it’s first-ever Symposium and Dinner and I’m so pleased to welcome all of our esteemed dignitaries, guests and sponsors to what we hope will be an annual event. It’s heartening to see such tremendous industry support. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring from over 66 sponsors and all of you attending. The NHP Foundation’s sole purpose is to
preserve and create affordable housing for economically challenged Americans. This year’s natural disasters have added a sad exclamation point to our already dire need for more housing. But what we are doing with today’s Symposium and tonight’s Dinner offers concrete proof that NHPF will be there to provide generations to come with housing that is “more than a roof.” When I started with NHPF eight years ago, we had 15 properties in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Today, we have 43 properties in 15 states and the District of Columbia, housing over 20,000 residents, families and seniors with quality, service enriched housing they can proudly live and thrive in. We didn’t get here alone, though. Through a combination of individuals and companies who care, we have built a network of strong communities that enrich our residents’ lives and open the door to brighter futures. With brighter futures in mind, we’re continuously transforming the way we operate to improve our ability to acquire new properties, renovate them at reasonable cost and create new homes for renters across the country. Our employees and partners have continued to meet and exceed the challenges of today’s property market and we are excited about where we are headed. As industry leaders, each of you has the vision, the knowledge, the compassion and the experience to help us construct a blueprint for a successful future. In closing, I’d like to say that all of you are truly our greatest asset today and tomorrow, and we could not accomplish what we do without your support and guidance! Throughout this event, we ask that you remember how much we value what you do and how it enables what we do.
4 • THE NHP FOUNDATION 2017 SYMPOSIUM & DINNER
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