ABOUT THE PROGRAM’S HISTORY
NPH launched the new Bay Area Housing Internship Program (BAHIP) in the Spring of 2018. This will be a new, ongoing NPH program that will be one of several initiatives we will pursue to increase the diversity, equity, and inclusion in our field so that our industry better reflects the communities we serve and nurtures the next generation of affordable housing development professionals.
This is not the first time NPH created a program to address the issue of diversity in the affordable housing field. In 1993, under the leadership of Dianne J. Spaulding, NPH launched the Fellowship Program for People of Color in Non-Profit Housing Development, which conducted two 18-month training cycles and placed twelve fellows. NPH is excited to continue to work towards diversity, equity, and inclusion in the affordable housing industry through BAHIP and other initiatives.
Recruiting and incorporating talented individuals from the diverse communities we are serving into the affordable housing industry is vitally important for the credibility and sustainability of our mission and our work. Dozens of key leaders in the affordable housing development industry throughout the Bay Area have come together during various forums since 2016 to discuss and strategize on the issue of creating more diversity and inclusion at our agencies. This dialogue has repeatedly confirmed the need to create an affordable housing internship program to build the talent pool for entry level affordable housing development professionals at our agencies, and reflect the communities that we serve.
We have the good fortune to be able to model our program after the highly successful Rural West Internship Program – a program of the California Coalition for Rural Housing (CCRH) – which since 1998 has graduated 170 interns with over 50% staying in the housing field. The Bay Area Housing Internship Program (BAHIP) establishes an urban-focused program that is part of a larger strategy that NPH is pursuing to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our industry. The NPH Board and Executive Team is committed to supporting a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group whose overarching goal is the creation and implementation of a sector-wide action plan. NPH is connecting this effort to its Emerging Leaders Peer Network (ELPN), over 150 younger housing professionals who have been building capacity and leadership through training and events for four years. ELPN will be an important source behind crafting relevant training curriculum and content for the internship and establishing a wider network for interns to plug into during the program, and a network that they can continue to be a part of on completion of the program.
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