Mission Statement

Newburgh Interfaith Emergency Housing Incorporated exists to provide housing and services to address and prevent homelessness among individuals and families


The organization began in the late 1980’s and successfully transformed from a trail blazing grassroots organization to a private not for profit agency that identifies and responds to housing needs in the community. Newburgh Interfaith Emergency Housing Inc. is a joint venture of the Greater Newburgh Ministerial Association and the Christian Ministerial Fellowship of Newburgh & Vicinity, INC comprising over fifty area churches. The group envisioned and created a home like environment with on-site services where families could preserve their independence and feel safe and supported while coping with the experience of homelessness. NIEH renovated the former nurse’s residence of St Luke’s Cornwall-Hospital to create sixteen apartments, office space, a child care, and an activities center. They opened Project L.I.F.E., (Living Independently For Everyone) in 1992 as a New York State licensed Tier II shelter that provides transitional housing for homeless families who are Residents of Orange County.


Newburgh Interfaith Emergency Housing, Inc., was formed as a corporation on May 12, 1989, for the purpose of constructing, providing and maintaining housing and support services to homeless families, and is recognized as a not-for- profit charitable organization under Section 501 (C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our organizational structure includes an 18 member Board of Directors who volunteer their time to provide programmatic and financial oversight, policy and procedure review, evaluation, and strategic planning of operations.

Jesse L. Howard


Jesse L. Howard, a long-time resident of Newburgh, NY for more than 57 years. Serves on the Board of N.I.E.H. more than 8yrs. Jesse graduated from two Newburgh schools: South Jr. High and Newburgh Free Academy. He majored in business law and business management and received an Associate Degree in Business Management. Jesse worked as a first line supervisor for OPRHP New York State Parks for more than 33 years and as an entrepreneur business owner for more than 25 years.

Jesse brings to the Board of N.I.E.H. over 20 years of first line supervisory/management experience. His love for God and the Newburgh community helped him to become and Chaplain and an Elder/Pastor in his local church. He has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, Masters in Counseling and a Master Instructor Rank in Chaplaincy. All this combine with his life experience works together for him to help meet many needs of homelessness in Newburgh, NY and the surrounding area. Jesse enjoy bowling, photography, hiking in State Parks, reading and traveling with family and friends.

Phil Johnson


Pastor Phil worked on Wall Street as a specialist clerk and worked on the New York and American Stock Exchange in the late 70’s. He worked there for 13yrs. He is currently the Pastor of the Christian Community Delivery Center Church, located in Modena, He has been pastoring there for six years. He is also involved in a pantry ministry which services the Modena community at large and has been serving in the pantry ministry for over 20 years. He has a heart for community work and joined Project L.I.F.E. Board in 2020.

Mary McLymore

Secretary of Finance

Sylvia Carrero


Sylvia Carrero resident of Newburgh, NY for over 20yrs. Serves on the Board of N.I.E.H. for 8 years. Majored in Human Services with concentration in Community Services. Working with the Community of Newburgh as a Family Advocate for over 16 years. Also, served in our community as Assistant Pastor, Sunday School Teacher and Church Executive Secretary for 17 years. Sylvia enjoys church, family and reading.


Executive Committee – Jesse Howard, Chair
Finance Committee – Mary McLymore, Chair
Fundraising committee
Nominating Committee

Personnel Committee – Jesse Howard, Chair
Public Relations Committee
Strategic Planning

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