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

Ken Belfer

Ken Belfer

Senior Vice President, Housing
Andrew Germansky

Andrew Germansky

Vice President, Real Estate Development
Valerie C Smith

Valerie C Smith

Asst. Vice President, NYC Housing Programs
Jim Coughlin

Jim Coughlin

Senior Vice President, Services
Nicole Mylan

Nicole Mylan

Asst. Vice President of NYC Family Shelters
Elissa Ramos

Elissa Ramos

Asst. Vice President, Westchester Housing Programs
Patricia Vitelli

Patricia Vitelli

Vice President, Finance
Jinja Cuevas

Jinja Cuevas

Director of Human Resources
Maureen Natkin

Maureen Natkin

Director of Development
Tracy Rhett

Tracy Rhett

Asst. Vice President, Youth and Employment Services

Board of Directors

Jesse Krasnow


Robert H. Petrocelli, Jr.

First Vice Chairman

Cesar F. Pereira

Second Vice Chairman

Jefferson C. Boyce


Paul Turovsky


Betsy Hills Bush

The Rev. John P. Duffell

James Foy

Al Gutierrez

Ken Hanau

Daniella Jackson

David Katz

Jonalie Korengold

Daniel Magidson

Frederick K. Mehlman

The Rev. DeForest L. Raphael

Seth L. Rosen

Richard St. Paul, Esq.

Nicola Standard

Ayanna C. Wayner