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Save the Date for the 2022 Celebrating Home & Community Gala

Join us on October 20, 2022 to celebrate Breaking Ground's 32 years of service to New York City and to honor a distinguished individual who is committed to the creation and preservation of affordable housing across the country.

Each year, the Celebrating Home & Community Gala raises vital funding to strengthen Breaking Ground's outreach and housing programs serving New Yorkers who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

This is a critical time for New York, confronting serious challenges in the wake of the pandemic, including a rise in unsheltered homelessness. People experiencing homelessness on the City's streets face extreme obstacles to overcoming a terrible condition, foremost among them the lack of a dignified and secure place to call home. Breaking Ground’s interventions help homeless New Yorkers attain that essential dignity and security for themselves and for our entire society.

Event Details: Thursday, October 20, 2022

Honoring: Alice Carr Chief Executive Officer, April Housing, a Blackstone portfolio company

Gala Co-Chairs:

Michael J. Franco President and CFO, Vornado Realty Trust

Michael Lascher Senior Managing Director, Real Estate – New York, Blackstone

Kara McShane Managing Director and Head of Commercial Real Estate, Wells Fargo

David Walsh Senior Vice President, Community Development Banking, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Meet our distinguished honoree:

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Alice Carr is the CEO of April Housing, a Blackstone portfolio company focused on affordable housing. Ms. Carr joined the company in May of 2022 and is responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s strategy and operations. April Housing’s mission is to preserve and expand the supply of affordable housing across the country, with an initial portfolio of over 90,000 affordable housing units. The company is committed to preserving affordability of this critical housing stock on a long-term basis, in addition to being a leading provider of solutions and capital for the creation and preservation of additional affordable housing throughout the United States. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles and oversees one of the nation’s largest LIHTC portfolios.

Ms. Carr brings to her role more than 25 years of experience in affordable housing and community development. Most recently, she served as Managing Director and Head of Community Development Banking at JPMorgan Chase, leading a team that financed the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing to both low-income families and seniors across the U.S. Previously, Ms. Carr served as Managing Director for Citi Community Capital, and she began her career at Low Income Investment Fund, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) focused on affordable housing and small business lending. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Enterprise Community Investment and Enterprise Community Loan Fund.

Ms. Carr earned a Bachelor of the Arts from Occidental College, graduating Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and receiving Honors and Distinction in double majors of American Studies and German Literature. She holds a Master of the Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, in Urban Planning with a concentration on housing finance and community development. Ms. Carr is based in Los Angeles with her husband and four children.

Have questions or interested in learning more about the gala? Please reach out to Vanessa Miller, Assistant Vice President, Special Events and Community Engagement, via email or at (212) 389-9391.

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