The initial investor and founder of Esquire Bank, Jay Zises is also the chairman of the investment management company Associated Capital, Inc. A dedicated member of his community, Jay Zises contributes to a variety of charitable organizations and previously served as a board member of Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP).
Based in New York, New York, the nonprofit Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged was founded in 1986. Since opening its first six transitional housing facilities, the organization has expanded to locations in Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Serving a range of groups, from adults and families to veterans and victims of domestic violence, HELP USA works to address housing instability through a number of programs, including homelessness prevention.
As the most effective way to combat homelessness, HELP’s homelessness prevention efforts are split between veteran and non-veteran adults and families. The organization’s central non-veteran homelessness prevention program is Homebase, located in New York City. Homebase services address issues at every stage of the financial lives of its participants. For example, Homebase offers budgeting education and workshops, as well as client case management and referrals for a wide range of services. The veterans’ services perform similar functions and are located in New York City and Las Vegas, and receive primary funding from the Veterans Administration.