Project Renewal, a nonprofit that enables homeless New Yorkers to renew their lives through healthcare, housing and employment programs, has raised over $1.7 million at its annual conference Renewal for New York benefit and auction on May 11 at Pier Sixty in Manhattan.
Hosted by shark tankit is Kevin O’Learythe honored event Dr Talya Schwartz, president and CEO of MetroPlusHealth, New York City’s quality and affordable health plan. Dr. Schwartz has been recognized for her commitment to working in and with New York City communities to address the social determinants of health and close the healthcare access gap for all New Yorkers.
Appointed President and CEO of MetroPlusHealth in 2019, Dr. Schwartz is an experienced leader in health plan management and operations. During his tenure, MetroPlusHealth achieved 20% growth in membership, a five-star New York State Consumer Guide rating, and overall net worth. Dr. Schwartz’s continued commitment to addressing the social determinants of health among New York City’s historically marginalized and underserved communities is the pinnacle of his leadership, actively ensuring that MetroPlusHealth remains at the forefront of the supporting its members through holistic on-the-ground care.
“As New York City grapples with a homelessness crisis that has been exacerbated by the pandemic, Project Renewal’s frontline staff continue to deliver innovative health, housing and employment programs to our neighbors who need it most. We are grateful to our benefit and auction participants whose generous support will help us expand our important work, including the development of more needed supportive housing,” said Project President and CEO Eric Rosenbaum. Renewal. “Project Renewal is proud to honor Dr. Schwartz, whose visionary leadership has made MetroPlusHealth our trusted partner in providing holistic health care to thousands of homeless New Yorkers each year.”
“It is a tremendous honor to accept the Project Renewal Community Leadership Award,” said Dr. Talya Schwartz, President and CEO of MetroPlusHealth. “At MetroPlusHealth, we are more than a health plan. For us, health is housing, and housing is health. In addition to meeting the physical and mental needs of our members, we believe that addressing their social determinants of health, such as housing, food insecurity, economic stability and equitable access to health care Affordable and quality health care is essential for leading a healthy life. ”
Returning to an in-person format for the first time since 2019, Project Renewal’s 31st Annual Auction drew over 700 attendees who enjoyed cocktails, dinner and a live auction presented by Lydia Fenet, General Manager and Global Director of Strategic Partnerships at Christie’s. Richard Kronick, Renewal Project Administrator, and Elizabeth Maruggio, both of Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, presided over the festivities.
The event celebrated Project Renewal’s nine supportive housing programs that provide permanent housing and services to nearly 800 New Yorkers impacted by homelessness, mental illness, substance use disorders and the involvement of justice. The program included a video highlighting the story of a senior named James who found lasting stability in Project Renewal’s Geffner House supportive housing program in Midtown West after a decades-long cycle of incarceration and homelessness.
Earlier this year in the Bronx, Project Renewal opened its newest affordable and supportive housing development, Bedford Green House, which houses individuals and families leaving shelter and low-income tenants in the community. The LEED-certified building includes on-site health and social services, a rooftop greenhouse, and an aquaponics system, among other amenities that promote environmental and individual well-being. Construction of the second phase of Bedford Green House will begin soon, adding a medical clinic for the community, library and Molly B. Kronick Learning Center for residents, and more housing for a total of 234 units. Across all of its programs, Project Renewal served more than 8,500 New Yorkers last year.
Many organizations generously sponsored the benefit and the auction, including Morgan Stanley, GFP Real Estate, MetroPlusHealth, Arrow Security, Cushman & Wakefield, Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects, DPC and SterlingRisk Insurance.