Woman Crush Wednesday: Stephanie Berman

GrantWatch celebrates Stephanie Berman, President of Carrfour Supportive Housing, and The Home Depot Foundation’s Veteran Housing Grant Program for their award of $400,000 for Carrfour's new Liberty Village project that will offer housing assistance to hundreds of homeless veterans.

Carrfour is the largest nonprofit provider of supportive housing in Florida. Founded in 1993 by the Homeless Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Carrfour has supplied homes for more than 10,000 formerly homeless men, women and children. Ms. Berman became President of Carrfour in 2005 after serving 5 years as Vice President and she has been involved with the development and management of 20 housing communities to date.

Ms. Berman has led the effort in assembling millions of dollars in funding, tax credits and subsidiaries on behalf of Carrfour Supportive Housing. The organization's latest project will bring much-needed affordable housing for hundreds of struggling veterans in South Florida, thanks to support from a $400,000 housing grant from The Home Depot Foundation’s (THDF) Veteran Housing Grants Program.

The $400,000 grant is being used to help fund construction of Liberty Village, a 60-unit project that will provide permanent housing and supportive services for hundreds of formerly homeless veterans and their families. Carrfour’s veteran-focused supportive housing community is located in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood, where 80% of the apartments are designated for homeless veterans suffering from disabilities. Construction of Liberty Village is currently underway and is expected to be completed in late 2017. 

“We’re extremely appreciative of The Home Depot Foundation’s continued efforts to make a life-changing impact in the lives of thousands of South Florida veteran families. . . . These new dollars will provide Carrfour with the necessary resources to help veterans in our community who suffer from homelessness and put them on the path towards stability.” Stephanie Berman, President and CEO of Carrfour Supportive Housing.

In 2013, Ms. Berman was recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the region’s top “Heavy Hitters in Real Estate” and was presented Miami Today’s award for “Best of Miami for Improving Life in South Florida.” She was also recently named one of the South Florida Business Journal’s “2014 Commercial Real Estate Power Leaders” and she currently serves on the City of Miami Beach Affordable Housing Committee, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Affordable Housing Committee and the JPMorgan Chase Community Advisory Committee. Ms. Berman earned a Master’s degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University.

As President and CEO of Carrfour Supportive Housing, Stephanie Berman has been addressing Miami’s homelessness challenges for the past 15 years. With Ms. Berman at the helm, Carrfour has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to fund Carrfour’s Operation Sacred Trust (OST) initiative, a collaboration of service providers that offers housing assistance and supportive services for homeless veterans and their families in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. With funds from the grant, OST is able to provide thousands of veteran families across South Florida with daily outreach, case management, counseling, healthcare services and third-party payments to sustainably maintain or acquire permanent housing.

We applaud you, Stephanie Berman. Your accomplishments in community service and affordable housing are commendable. Thank you for working to develop and operate 1,742 supportive housing units for more than 3,300 formerly homeless residents and leading the effort to assemble millions of dollars in funding for additional affordable housing units throughout South Florida over the next few years.

In addition to devoting her career to working on behalf of homeless and underserved populations, Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg is a dedicated wife, mother, award-winning real estate leader and hobby photographer. Ms. Berman's life philosophy is "Do what you’re passionate about and always make sure you balance work passion with your family life and all the other things that make you happy." 

"Fundraising is always a challenge. What Carrfour has learned is to be really creative in sources of seeking funding. We’ve always served veterans and that’s an area that there’s a lot of foundation support for right now." -Stephanie Berman

Grants for Veterans, Homeless and Housing on GrantWatch.com 

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in Multiple States for Low-Income Housing Projects

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies in multiple states to improve or create existing housing projects for low-income families from all populations, including new immigrants, mentally or physically disabled individuals, emancipated youth, families headed by a single individual (may be a parent; grandparent; guardian), or veterans. 

Deadline: 09/01/17 4:00 PM ET

Grants to Kittitas County, Washington Local Governments, Nonprofits, Housing Organizations, and For-Profit Developers to Eliminate Homelessness

Grants to Kittitas County, Washington local and tribal governments, local housing authorities, nonprofit community organizations, behavioral health organizations, housing assistance organizations, and for-profit developers for short and long-term programs to eliminate homelessness.

Deadline: 08/16/17 5:00 PM Postmarked or Receipt

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Oral Health to the Needy and Assistance Dogs to Veterans and the Disabled

Grants of up to $60,000 and grants of up to $35,000 to USA nonprofits for programs that provide access to emergency and restorative dental care for individuals in need, and to provide assistance dogs to veterans and individuals with disabilities. 

Deadline: 10/09/17 11:59 PM CST

Grants to USA Disabled Military Veterans or Personnel in Multiple States for Necessary Home Modifications

Grants of up to $7,500 to Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas military veterans and active-duty personnel who have been disabled by active military service to help cover necessary home modifications. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and may be used to modify an existing home, offset construction costs of a newly constructed home, or pay for a third-party inspection. 

Deadline: Ongoing

About the Author: Alexandra Gulkin is the Social Media Director for GrantWatch



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