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Interfaith Council for Action, Inc.

aka IFCA Housing Network   |   Ossining, NY   |  www.ifcany.org

Mission

IFCA's mission as stated in is original (1968) charger is, "To sustain community, diversity and opportunity through affordable/workforce housing and vital social services.

Ruling year info

1968

Executive Director

Ms. Jackie Shaw

Main address

138 Spring St

Ossining, NY 10562 USA

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EIN

13-6265613

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Low-Cost Temporary Housing (includes Youth Hostels) (L40)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Low-income, multifamily properties

Housing Preservation and Development: IFCA continues to manage, preserve and improve its 15 low-income, multifamily properties in Ossining and Tarrytown, NY comprising 92 apartments. IFCA is currently involved in redevelopment projects that will help revitalize the neighborhood and create safer, stronger neighborhoods. As part of the Counties EHAP (Emergency Housing Assistance Program) IFCA provides transitional housing for people transitioning from homeless shelters. Social Services: IFCA provides tenant services, counseling and case management for the homeless families in its transitional apartments, and ancillary counseling and referrals to persons in need. IFCA continues to provide case management services for the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. IFCA is a part of Westchester County's VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program, completing over 400 tax returns per year. IFCA also runs financial literacy workshops for tenants and community members.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent
Homeless people
Low-income people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of applications for housing received from targeted population

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low-income, multifamily properties

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

As the effects of the pandemic continue, many low income households are facing eviction and homelessness and are in desperate need of housing they can afford.

Number of low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low-income, multifamily properties

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

IFCA owns units of rental housing, manages units for Westchester County as part of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and manages units for the Village of Ossining's affordable housing set aside.

Number of backpacks filled with school supplies distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low-income, multifamily properties

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

IFCA partners with other nonprofits to get schools supplies to families we serve.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low-income, multifamily properties

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

IFCA continued its Financial Empowerment Programs via Zoom. Attendance for programs increased while using this online option.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low-income, multifamily properties

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

To increase IFCA's service offerings to the community we have partnered with local nonprofits.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

IFCA's goals are to maintain our current housing stock and to increase the number of affordable housing units in the areas we serve. The ability of municipalities to perform social tasks is very limited. IFCA is working to keep a roof over our neighbors’ heads. The people that need affordable housing are vital to the community and include: teachers, firefighters, police officers, municipal employees, health care workers, landscapers, retail salespeople, other essential workers. Unfortunately, many communities fail to ensure that these workers have safe, quality housing that they can afford within a reasonable distance from work. People in all stages of life need this kind of housing.
People who are housing insecure face increased stress, tend to feel overwhelmed, are more likely to have health issues and are more likely to be food insecure. The importance of shelter, of having a roof over your head cannot be overstated. Being able to acquire safe, quality housing allows people to maintain their dignity and self-respect.

IFCA uses rent paid by tenants as well as foundation, government and individual donations and grants to maintain and upgrade our properties so that we can provide safe, quality housing. These types of funding are also used to acquire new properties to expand IFCA's portfolio. IFCA also partners with community members to provide financial workshops to improve financial literacy.

IFCA has over 50 years of experience in affordable housing and a skilled and compassionate staff that have ties to the communities we serve. Many of our staff have been with IFCA for a decade. Training for staff and improving our programming is a top priority at IFCA. We aim to deliver the best services possible. IFCA maintains relationships with its tenant and the community through tenant meetings and workshops. IFCA has also built relationships with community partners and local municipalities and County and State government.

Programs
• Credit Building Workshop
• Personal Finance Workshop
• Tenant Based Rental Assistance program
• Continued or started renovations:
o 2 kitchens and bathrooms
o complete renovation of unit
o roofs
o driveway and parking lot
• Expanded Affordable set aside program
• Thrift Shop – Relocation
• Increased community partnerships
• Partnered with the Village of Ossining on community initiatives
• Restarted job training program at the Thrift through a partnership with Clearview

Marketing/Communications
• Website redesign working with a web designer
• Annual Report
• Monthly donor e-newsletter
• Quarterly newsletter for tenants with as needed e-blasts



How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Interfaith Council for Action, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Marlene Cheatham

Marlene Cheatham

Mary Ann Roberts

Ossining Village Clerk

Thomasina Laidley

Shaun Jones

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Shelton Walden

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Michal Aronson

Eric Talbott

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Bess McCrary

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Madiha Kanwal

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Allistair Reason

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Tiffany Paovella

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/18/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/23/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.