Sylvia Alvarez is the founder and Executive Director of the Housing & Education Alliance a HUD certified housing counseling agency serving over 35,000 Tampa Bay area residents since 2002. She Co-Authored a book entitled “The American Nightmare: Strategies for Preventing, Surviving and Overcoming Foreclosure.” The book was written at the start of the foreclosure crisis when there was little to no information for consumers facing foreclosure. The book detailed both judicial and non-judicial foreclosure processes, phases, options, consequences of those options and even explained how a homeowner can rebuild their credit and purchase a home again. The book was endorsed by Freddie Mac and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, translated into Spanish and used by consumers and HUD housing counselors throughout the country.
She is a motivational speaker and is a sought after and quoted in the media on housing issues. She appears regularly on local and national English and Spanish media. Through her leadership her agency has received national recognition and many awards including the coveted “Nonprofit of the Year” through PBS’s national program the Be More Awards. She is a highly respected advocate of housing and has been invited to take part in meetings in DC with US Treasury, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, HUD, Department of Agriculture and high level staff at the White House in Washington DC. She is a member of JP Morgan Chase’s Community Advisory Board and is also a member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board.
Sylvia works tirelessly on behalf of hard working families and their housing issues. “As the daughter of immigrants I understand what it meant to my parents to purchase a home in America,” said Alvarez, ” I feel it is my responsibility to do all that I can to keep the American dream of homeownership alive and bring back the promise of America.”