Walter M. Roberts
Director of Operations
Director of Property Management
20 years ago, Ivette Alerte was a property manager here at Hope Community, Inc. She’s come back home and is now our Director of Property Management. Having been in the affordable housing industry for 30 years, Ms. Alerte has risen up the ranks and understands the ins and outs of property management. She is a designated ARM – Apartment Registered Manager with the Institute of Real Estate Management and a designated ARAM – Advanced Registered in Apartment Management with the National Associated Builders and Owners. In her new role, Ms. Alerte will ensure the physical and financial stability of the properties owned by Hope Community by following the management and regulatory agreements and continue the company mission.
Director of Resident Services Program
Michelle’s interest in working with organizations that positively impact the lives of individuals from marginalized groups brought her to Hope Community as the Director of Resident Services and Programs. She is responsible for developing and leading all Social Service Programs for the organization.
Michelle has worked as a Non-Profit manager in various Social Service organizations for the last 25 plus years. She has spent the greater part of her career leading programs that provide housing, employment & education, substance abuse, and mental health services for families. Over the course of her career, Michelle has worked as the Assistant Vice President of Housing with Women In Need (WIN) and the Fortune Society. She has also worked with Metropolitan Hospital, Phoenix House and Project Enterprise.
Michelle has Masters Degrees in Education and Social Work from Hunter College.
Director of Real Estate Development
Norman Williams brings a diverse background in affordable housing having started his career in property management, followed by asset /portfolio management then ultimately development. Norman is responsible for overseeing all phases of real estate development projects from initial planning through construction completion and occupancy.
Prior to joining Hope Community, Norman served as Deputy Director of Housing Development for St. Nicks Alliance, a fellow Not-for-Profit Community Development Corporation in Brooklyn, New York. To date, Norman has participated in over 900+ units of preservation and new construction transactions with over $164.0M leveraged in debt/equity.
Norman Williams holds a Bachelors Degree in Community Services & Real Estate Development from Bernard M. Baruch College and also holds an Associate Degree in Human Services. In addition to working in housing, Norman also has a social service background working with low-income families in the area of children services.(Specialization in foster care & adoption) Norman has an impressive career working in mission oriented Not-for-Profit sector for over 16 years.