Meet the People at BPHN
Board Members and President/CEO
Victor M. Rivera, President/CEO, M.P.A.,CASAC-T
Victor M. Rivera is the President/CEO of The Bronx Parent Housing Network Inc. (BPHN). BPHN is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 by three single parents in the Bronx who found it difficult to secure affordable housing for single parents and people with disabilities. Since that time, Mr. Rivera has helped create housing units for hundreds of single parents and persons living with disabilities, specializing in housing for people living with HIV/AIDS, Mental Illness & Homelessness.
Victor M. Rivera has made it his personal and professional mission to help provide good affordable housing and strong supportive services to help clients maintain their place in society. Mr. Rivera has collaborated with several large housing real-estate developers in Central Harlem & the Bronx to facilitate his goal of providing the best housing to the underserved. His most recent accomplishments include securing several units of emergency housing for HIV-positive individuals and their families in Manhattan & Bronx, which has diverted more than three hundred families from homelessness in the last three years. Mr. Rivera was the Program Director for the Housing Options & Geriatric Association Resources (H.O.G.A.R.) HIV/AIDS Transitional Program in the southeast section of Bronx County. He also oversaw the National Recovery Institute’s residential medically- supervised substance abuse rehabilitation program in Manhattan. Mr. Rivera previously served as Director of a pilot demonstration project on independent living skills in the City of New York for Housing Opportunity People with AIDS (HOPWA) and Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association (B.K.C.I.A.). He previously managed 350 units of low income housing for B.K.C.I.A., and served as Program Manager of Youth Bill USA, with daily responsibility for furthering the education of 20 – 30 high school drop-outs ranging in age from 17 to 23, including assisting them with obtaining their GED. Mr. Rivera earned a Master of Public Administration Public Affairs and Administration Degree from Metropolitan College of New York City in 2014. Mr. Rivera possesses a Certification of Completion from Columbia University’s Charles H. Revson Fellows Program on the Future of the City of New York, CASAC-T consisting of 800 educational hours and more than 8,000 work hours in the field of substance abuse, along with countless other training and certifications in the field of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and property management, domestic violence, and crisis intervention. Mr.Rivera is the recipient of distinguished honors including the Manny Maldonado Award for Excellence and dedication in the field of HIV/AIDS from Arrive, Inc. Mr. Rivera was appointed to Community Board 2 by then Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr.
Victor Rivera is a native New Yorker, who like many others, rose above the hardships of inner-city life to attain a sense of self-preservation and accountability. He spent many years in the streets of New York and combated gang violence, substance abuse, homelessness, and poverty. Turning hardship into triumph, Rivera was a single father who raised his two children from the ages of 12 and 14 through some of the most turbulent times of their development. Through his experience, the Bronx Parents Housing Network (BPHN) was born. His resiliency and ability to call upon and secure community resources to help society’s most disenfranchised people stem from his personal experience.