Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg

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Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg
Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg.jpg
Born (1972-05-13) May 13, 1972 (age 46)
Miami Beach, Florida
  • Chief executive
  • activist
Spouse(s)Seth Eisenberg
Children3 sons including, Zachary
WebsiteCarrfour Supportive Housing

Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg (born May 13, 1972) is President/CEO of Carrfour Supportive Housing, a position she has held since 2006, Berman-Eisenberg has guided Carrfour's development into Florida's largest non-profit provider of supportive housing. Berman-Eisenberg earned a master's degree in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and a bachelor's degree from Brandeis University.[1][2]

Berman-Eisenberg oversees a current inventory of more than 1,700 supportive and affordable housing units and "has led the effort to assemble more than $200 million in funding to develop an additional 500 units over the coming years."[3][4][5]

She serves on the City of Miami Beach Affordable Housing Committee, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Affordable Housing Committee, and the JPMorgan Chase Community Advisory Committee.[1] In 2011, The Miami Herald named her as one of South Florida's "20 most influential leaders under the age of 40."[6] In 2017, she was selected for The Miami Herald's CEO Roundtable.[7][8]

Her articles on homelessness in Miami have been frequently published on the Opinion Page of The Miami Herald, including "Stadium plan to house homeless no slam dunk,"[9] "A step forward for homeless vets,"[10] and "Fighting homelessness in Miami."[11] Berman-Eisenberg was named one of the most "Influential Business Women" by the South Florida Business Journal in 2013 and 2014.[12] She was featured in a national profile for Commercial Property Executive in January 2014.[13]

Ending homelessness[edit]

Ribbon cutting for new Miami affordable housing community. Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg, second from right, with Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, second from left, and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, center, 10/30/12.
Carrfour CEO Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of Harvard House community in North Miami Beach, Florida.

Her efforts to implement novel, replicable approaches to reducing poverty and ending homelessness within many of Miami-Dade County's most economically-distressed neighborhoods have been widely profiled in news, business, and trade publications.[14][15] Berman-Eisenberg opposed a 2012 Florida Bill to use stadiums as temporary homeless shelters.[16]

In a presentation to the 2013 National Community Reinvestment Corporation conference, Berman-Eisenberg urged increased public/private partnerships to address the housing needs of people with special needs.[17] Shortly after his confirmation as the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson traveled to Miami where Berman-Eisenberg hosted him at Carrfour Supportive Housing's Villa Aurora community to show him the direct impact of federal housing subsidies.[18][19][20][21]

Operation Sacred Trust[edit]

A formerly homeless Vietnam veteran who spent 18 months living in his truck thanks Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg, right, for ending homelessness in his life.

In 2011, Berman-Eisenberg co-founded Operation Sacred Trust, a collaboration of social service agencies with a shared commitment to disrupting homelessness for South Florida veteran families. Between 2011 and 2018, Berman-Eisenberg succeeded in winning more than $10 million in federal grants funds for the initiative from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, to provide housing prevention and rapid rehousing services to more 7,500 low-income veterans and their family members in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.[22][23][24]

A 2012 Huffington Post article featured Operation Sacred Trust as a new model for ending veteran homelessness.[25]

“Disrupting veteran homelessness has to include building and sustaining sufficient affordable housing that meets the needs of our most vulnerable veteran families. That begins with a roof over their heads, but has to also mean formerly homeless servicemen and women have a place to call home that they value, and where they can be part of a community,” Berman-Eisenberg said.[26]

Awards and recognition[edit]


Berman-Eisenberg, a native of Miami Beach, is married and has three children; a son and two stepsons. She lives in North Miami Beach, Florida.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg, President & CEO".
  2. ^ Danseyar, Susan (25 March 2015). "Profile: Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg". Miami Today.
  3. ^ Foong, Keat (29 March 2012). "PROFILE: Carrfour Supportive Housing". Multi-Housing News.
  4. ^ O'Meara, Mark (May 2013). "HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program Brings Harvard House Back to Life" (PDF). Journal of Tax Credits. Miami.
  5. ^ "Company Overview of Carrfour Supportive Housing, Inc". Business Week. New York. 14 May 2014.
  6. ^ a b Krischer Goodman, Cindy (9 May 2011). "Enthusiasm and dedication to community help these 20 leaders stand out" (PDF). Miami Herald.
  7. ^ "Meet the new members of our CEO Roundtable". Miami Herald. Miami. November 20, 2017. Archived from the original on 20 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Holiday parties celebrate employees and the year's successes". Miami Herald. Miami. December 10, 2017.
  9. ^ Berman-Eisenberg, Stephanie (3 February 2012). "Stadium plan to house homeless no slam dunk" (PDF). Miami Herald. Miami.
  10. ^ Berman-Eisenberg, Stephanie (11 November 2012). "A step forward for homeless vets". Miami Herald.
  11. ^ Berman-Eisenberg, Stephanie (29 January 2014). "Fighting homelessness in Miami". Miami Herald.
  12. ^ "SFBJ '13 Influential Business Women". South Florida Business Journal. Miami. 26 July 2013.
  13. ^ Rascon, Erica (8 January 2014). "Executive Spotlight: Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg, Carrfour Supportive Housing". Commercial Property Executive. Miami.
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  16. ^ "Publicly Funded Arenas to Serve as Homeless Shelters: Bill". Associated Press. Miami. 24 January 2012.
  17. ^ Berman-Eisenberg, Stephanie (20 March 2013). "How Special Needs is Driving Community Development" (PDF). National Community Reinvestment Coalition. New York.
  18. ^ Hanks, Douglas (13 April 2017). "Ben Carson tours Miami housing complex built with grant Trump wants eliminated". Miami Herald.
  19. ^ Sayre, Wilson (13 April 2017). "HUD Secretary Ben Carson: Public-Private Partnerships Are 'The Answer' To Affordable Housing". WLRN Radio.
  20. ^ Hohmann, James (14 April 2017). "The Daily 202: Trump doesn't know much about history. It's making his on-the-job training harder". The Washington Post.
  21. ^ "Carrfour hosts HUD Secretary Ben Carson for listening tour stop". Fatherhood Channel. 17 April 2017.
  22. ^ [1] - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Supportive Services for Veteran Families website.
  23. ^ [2] - Operation Sacred Trust website.
  24. ^ Henthorn, Robert (4 August 2011). "Initiative Aims to Disrupt Homelessness for South Florida Veteran Families". Fatherhood Channel.
  25. ^ Lilly, Christiana (11 November 2012). "Operation Sacred Trust Combats Veteran Homelessness In South Florida With $1 Million Grant". Huffington Post.
  26. ^ Henthorn, Robert (4 April 2015). "Help Needed Ending Veteran Homelessness". Fatherhood Channel.
  27. ^ "Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Announces Winners of 2012 R.E.A.L. Awards". Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. 11 May 2012.
  28. ^ Krischer-Goodman, Cindy (28 September 2014). "Miami Herald's '20 under 40': Many past winners in the new generation of leaders". Miami Herald.
  29. ^ "Miami Affordable Housing Developments Receive National Recognition". U.S. Conference of Mayors. 10 August 2009.
  30. ^ South Florida Business Journal (8 June 2006). "Up & Comers Awards". South Florida Business Journal.
  31. ^ "Influential Business Women". South Florida Business Journal. Miami. 26 July 2013.

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