The Profile: All about Mel Alvarez the Special Events and Systems Manager for Housing Works. Those of us who have some connection to Housing Works have met or heard of the amazing multi-tasking Mel Alvarez.

His uncanny ability to meet and greet, while simultaneously choreographing a place for you in an upcoming event is masterful. Mel’s parents entered him in a dance competition at the age of five and he won. He’s been a choreographer of sorts ever since.

Mel enlisted in the United States Navy where he served 4 years stationed in Norfolk, VA. He scored his first professional dancing gig while still in the military and then moved to New York City to continue his passion. Mel has played many roles; singer, dancer, choreographer, actor, director and producer before tapping upon his important role at Housing Works.

Design on a Dime just completed its 12th season. This event is coordinated and facilitated by Mel and others on the DOAD team. It brings together top tier Interior Designers, Celebrities, A-List design enthusiast and home decor manufacturers to benefit the country’s largest charity fighting homelessness and HIV/AIDS.

Mel is famously the go-to person for any detail concerning this event. He is not the type to advise and then reply “I told you so” when you contradict, there may be a look shadowed behind the glasses, but never “I told you so”. Always gracious, forever loyal and smartly focused –  Mel Alvarez gives Housing Works a forward spin and lift.


Mel Alvarez


Manager, Special Events & Systems @ Housing Works Thrift Shops

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you

consider significant in your career

This year Housing Works
realized a vision of taking Design on a Dime to a second city.  
That was in Miami of course.  And because of this success,
we’re seriously considering a 3rd or even 4th.

What are the rewards from your work

That everything  I do means something greater than what or who I am.

If there was a movie produced about your life – who

would play you

Ugly Betty’s nephew.  i don’t know his name.”Mark Indelicato


          Which philanthropic organizations have you been connected to

          Besides Housing Works,  I was the Managing Director for several years at Dance Parade Inc.

          Can you share your motto or mantra

          I have 3 actually;  is actually; no worries,  is all good and everything is gonna be alright.

          What book are you currently reading

          LOL, i prefer to “read” books by by watching them…movies adapted from books.  And if I really enjoy it, I will read the book for more details.

          Who is your secret celebrity crush

          Selena Gomez (don’t tell anyone. BTW, none of my male celeb crushes are secret.


                  What is your favorite time of day


                  Do you know your heritage


                  Are you fluent in other languages


                  Do you follow astrology –  What is your zodiac sign


                  What would your DJ Name be

                  the same as my former super star raver name; Termite.  lol

                  Do you have a favorite number


                  Do you have a favorite fashion magazine


                  What is your “go-to” fashion brand

                  I shop at Housing Works which has amazing brand selection.


                      If we were to peek in your closet, what is the dominant color

                      Hmmm, just checked. No dominant color.

                      What is your present state of mind


                      It’s 6pm at your favorite bar or restaurant, what drink do you order

                      a beer… Stella, Corona, Amstel, Sam Adams.not picky

                      Do you awake with or without an alarm

                      multiple alarms and sometimes i don’t hear them.  #nojudgements

                      Do you have a favorite social media outlet

                      FB, Instagram. others maybe NSFW

                      If you could be a background singer, dancer or musician –which entertainer (living or dead) would you choose as the star

                      Dancer of course – maybe for Madonna 


                          What is the last photo you took with your cell phone

                          Damn it. A selfie.

                          Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 8.49.09 PM

                              One of the best lessons my parents taught me is to

                              That one can love and be loved in the greatest of distances.

                              What is your favorite work of art?

                              The New Colossus aka 
                              the Statue of Liberty


                                  What is your favorite building in Manhattan

                                  Woolworth Building


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                                      Rio Hamilton

                                      Rio Hamilton is a business development professional with vast marketing and sales experience.He specializes in brand promotion for the luxury interior design and lifestyle industries. Rio works with companies, individuals and groups on concentrated brand identity and elevation. He has a popular website that chronicles "the who's who" at design and fashion events throughout greater New York.

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