Fordham University’s Brian J. Byrne, Ph.D., vice president for the Lincoln Center campus, was honored Oct. 3 at the 30th anniversary celebration of the University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP).
Byrne received the UNHP’s Founder’s Award in recognition of his longtime service to the organization, which he helped to establish in 1983. Fordham’s Board of Trustees initiated the effort as a way for the University to have a greater involvement with Bronx community redevelopment efforts, which centered on housing preservation and redevelopment during some of the Bronx’s darkest days.
“Brian Byrne has long been not just a supporter, but a staunch advocate for the communities surrounding Fordham’s campuses,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “His work and influence have improved the lives of our neighbors, and helped build and improve upon vibrant communities. I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of this honor.”
The UNHP is a community-based nonprofit that aims to create, preserve, and improve affordable housing in the Northwest Bronx and New York City, founded jointly by Fordham and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. The UNHP is a community-based nonprofit that aims to create, preserve, and improve affordable housing in the Northwest Bronx and New York City. Founded jointly by Fordham and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, the UNHP began by purchasing dilapidated privately owned buildings and renovating them to create affordable housing.
The Oct. 3 commemoration was held at the historic Apple Bank Branch on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.