Our Story

Westhab was founded in 1981 to address the affordable housing crisis in Westchester County. In our early years, we acquired vacant buildings and renovated them into quality transitional and permanent housing. In response growing homelessness, Westhab expanded its focus to renovate and operate shelters in Westchester.

As our organization grew, we looked for ways to improve entire communities by engaging resident leaders and neighborhood stakeholders. Always intent not just on addressing the problem, but working to find a solution, Westhab began to provide employment services and youth programs, supporting families to break the cycle of poverty. We also undertook ground-up development of attractive, new affordable housing residences, including housing targeted toward seniors, veterans, young adults, and the disabled.

Today, our housing and social services combine to create a comprehensive community development approach—not just in Westchester, but also in New York City where we have recently expanded, developing affordable and supportive housing, operating homeless shelters, and providing youth programs and employment services.

Westhab is—Building Communities. Changing Lives.

Leadership Team

Andrew Germansky

Andrew Germansky

Vice President, Real Estate Development
Maureen Natkin

Maureen Natkin

Director of Development
Ken Belfer

Ken Belfer

Senior Vice President, Housing
Patricia Vitelli

Patricia Vitelli

Vice President, Finance
Elissa Ramos

Elissa Ramos

Assistant Vice President, Westchester Housing Programs
Jim Coughlin

Jim Coughlin

Senior Vice President, Services
Jinja Cuevas

Jinja Cuevas

Director of Human Resources
Valerie C Smith

Valerie C Smith

Assistant Vice President, NYC Housing Programs

Board of Directors

Jesse Krasnow


Robert H. Petrocelli, Jr.

First Vice Chairman

Cesar F. Pereira

Second Vice Chairman

Jefferson C. Boyce


Paul Turovsky


The Rev. John P. Duffell

Ken Hanau

David Katz

Jonalie Korengold

Daniel Magidson

Frederick K. Mehlman

Seth L. Rosen

Richard St. Paul, Esq.

Nicola Standard

Ayanna C. Wayner