Nazareth Housing and Thorpe Family Residence “Become One” In the Fight to End Homelessness in New York City

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When the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2016, Nazareth Housing Inc. officially absorbed Thorpe Family Residence, Inc. into its portfolio of housing services. The Board of Directors, Executive Director and Staff of both organizations were pleased to welcome the New Year with the announcement of the finalization of the merger, a culmination of a multiyear process of preparation and alignment of programs.

Since July 2013, Nazareth Housing has managed the various projects of Thorpe including emergency family shelter, supportive housing, domestic violence prevention, and food security. The highly respected work of Thorpe is strongly aligned with the mission, vision, and values of Nazareth Housing. With nearly 22% of its historic clientele from Bronx communities, the addition of housing sites and service locations enhances Nazareth Housing’s capacity to respond to the growing challenges in housing and economic stability experienced by low-income households.

The Joint Merger Committee, with Board Members from Nazareth Housing, Thorpe Family Residence and its sponsoring organization, the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, worked on the details of the merger during a multiyear deliberative process. Debevoise and Plimpton LP provided pro bono legal service to the process for Nazareth Housing. The integration of Thorpe staff and programs over the past two years into Nazareth Housing as the surviving organization ensures the sustainability and success of Thorpe’s historical mission in the Bronx communities it has served since its founding in 1985.

“When I was first appointed Executive Director of TFR and charged with supporting the merger process, I saw tremendous opportunity to continue the work of Nazareth Housing and Thorpe in a new and vibrant way” said Nazareth Housing Executive Director Michael Callaghan, c.o. “As we move forward, we are better positioned to help solve the scourge of homelessness and the instabilities far too many New Yorkers face in their housing, food, safety and economic circumstances. The possibilities are exciting for the organization and for the impact we will have in the years ahead.”

About Nazareth Housing
Nazareth Housing is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit and non-sectarian organization providing supportive and low income housing, homelessness prevention services, urgent needs assistance, and emergency family shelter. Nazareth Housing was incorporated in 1983 under the leadership of founder Sr. Marion Agnes Daniel’s innovative spirit to reclaim safe and secure housing in the Lower East Side. More than thirty years later Nazareth Housing continues to deliver social impact in the Lower East Side and the Bronx. Nazareth Housing is a HUD certified housing counseling agency, and the only HUD certified agency in New York City that works exclusively with low-income and fair housing rental issues. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:
Michael Callaghan, c.o.
Executive Director, Nazareth Housing / 212-982-7800