Message from the Board President
After more than two years of quarantine, isolation, social distancing, masking, testing, virtual meetings, vaccines, and boosters, I’m pleased and excited to be once again gathering together — in person — at our annual conference. What a long, strange trip it’s been!
As a network, our Neighborhood Preservation Companies nimbly rose to the many challenges presented by the pandemic, proving themselves innovative, adaptable, resilient, and — most importantly — effective. And, while we can argue whether the lockdown measures did more harm than good, none can argue with the fact that we managed to keep ourselves, our co-workers, our families, and our communities as safe as possible from the awful Covid-19 scourge.
As we slowly and cautiously emerge from the isolation demanded by the pandemic, none of us will be surprised to learn that — despite the many efforts to mitigate — the affordable housing crisis in New York State remains as persistent and unresolved as ever. Recovery for disadvantaged communities will depend upon the continued effectiveness of our community-based nonprofits.
With that in mind, this year’s conference, entitled Building a Vision Together, is designed as a vehicle for renewal and revitalization. Few locales within the state can match Saratoga Springs as a popular destination and host to our conference. This is a wonderful opportunity to recharge and enjoy networking with your peers, as you pursue continued professional development in our workshops and plenary sessions.
Your commitment to our Coalition empowers us to give voice to the voiceless as we advocate for affordable housing solutions in the communities we serve, and I look forward to seeing all of you again in such a warm and welcoming setting.
Joseph G. Barden