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The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless (RICH) is a statewide organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Rhode Island. Formed in 1988, RICH’s mission is to seek comprehensive and cooperative solutions to homelessness in Rhode Island. This is accomplished through data collection and analysis, advocacy, training and education, collaboration, technical assistance, constituent services, and strategic communications. RICH works to build the public and political will to support the right for safe, affordable housing for every Rhode Islander. The organization works to ensure and support local, state and federal commitments to establish a continuum of affordable housing and homeless prevention programs. This work involves maintaining a broad base of key stakeholders to support and advocate for the organization’s vision, including homeless people, service providers, politicians, affordable housing allies, advocates, public and philanthropic funders, businesses, city and state officials, developers, faith communities and concerned citizens.
As the lead agency responsible for Rhode Island’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), RICH is in the unique position to use data and information to catalyze and inform change within the homelessness services system. RICH collects, analyzes, and disseminates data and information that is fundamental to the health and efficient operations of the State of Rhode Island’s Continuum of Care (CoC), which is comprised of state agencies, community partners, and individuals that guide the state’s homelessness policies and administer federal and state homeless funds as they work to build a statewide system to prevent and end homelessness. Building off the organization’s role as HMIS Administrator for the CoC, RICH’s next Executive Director will work with staff, consultants, partner organizations, funders, and researchers to advance data and evidence informed practices and strategies, including and especially coordinated assessment and housing placement, to rapidly and permanently end homelessness among individuals and families.
The Executive Director is accountable for the overall leadership, direction and management of the organization’s resources to accomplish the goals and mission of the organization. The Executive Director should have experience in financial management, community relations, program delivery, organizational development, strategic planning, and experience using data and information to strengthen both practice and systems. The Executive Director must have empowering leadership skills to work with staff, Coalition partners, Board and community stakeholders. The Executive Director exemplifies RICH’s values and nurtures its organizational culture by supporting a learning community of staff, Board, homeless constituents, community stakeholders, government and political leaders. The ED reports to the Board of Directors and will work with the Board, RICH’s membership, funders and other constituents to develop a new Strategic Plan for the organization during his/her first year in the position.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Program Development and Management
Resource Development and Fundraising
Personnel and Operations Management
Community Collaboration and Movement Building
Strategic Communications and Public Relations
The preferred candidate has knowledge and experience in homelessness prevention and system-change work, is an energetic leader with demonstrated financial and organizational management skills, who can engage others in RICH’s mission, embraces and encourages coalition and movement building and is comfortable working with low income and marginalized populations.
The ideal candidate possesses the following attributes:
This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader who is truly committed to making a positive contribution to the community. Compensation between $70,000-$80,000. Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.
Application deadline: 5pm EDT Monday, November 20, 2017
Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter describing their interest in this position via:
• Email – firstname.lastname@example.org, please include, “ED Search” in the subject line.
• Regular mail - Search Committee
RI Coalition for the Homeless
1070 Main St
Pawtucket, RI 02860
For more information about RI Coalition for the Homeless visit http://rihomeless.org
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua, NH
We invite you to be a part of the second New England Lead Conference taking place on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Nashua, NH. Hosted by the New England Lead Coordinating Committee, the conference will include a variety of educational sessions focusing on lead prevention, policy, model programs, outreach, the EPA’s Renovation, Remodeling and Repair Rule (RRP), lead abatement, compliance, and the economics of lead poisoning.
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October 4, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
The Narragansett Times: Dziobek steps down as Welcome House director
By KENDRA GRAVELLE Sep 29, 2017
SOUTH KINGSTOWN—When Joseph Dziobek accepted the position of executive director of Welcome House of South County nearly three years ago, he had expected the job would make for a simple transition into retirement.
But what was intended as a part-time gig turned into much more than that for Dziobek, who this week left his post.
“It’s been a challenge,” said Dziobek, whose last day on the job was Monday. “And it’s been very satisfying—I feel very close to the people who have been a part of it.”
Dziobek, 66, took the job at Welcome House after retiring from his career as CEO of Fellowship Health Resources. He said he intended only to stay for two or three years.
October 4, 2017 in Local Interest
Final Days to Register: 2017 Housing Fact Book Release
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Luncheon: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence RI
October 3, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
Rhode Island College: The Defamation Experience
Monday, October 30, 2017
5:00PM - Doors Open
6:00PM - Performance
SPONSORED BY: THE DIVISION OF COMMUNITY EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AND THE DIVISION OF STUDENT SUCCESS
THE PLAY * THE DELIBERATION * THE DISCUSSION
September 27, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
NLIHC: Sign Letters to Support Equitable Housing Recovery after Devastating Hurricanes
Help ensure that low income people and neighborhoods are treated fairly after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. A broad coalition of national, state, and local organizations is calling on Congress, FEMA, and HUD to ensure that the federal response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria is complete and equitable for everyone, especially families and individuals with the lowest incomes who are often the hardest hit by disasters and have the fewest resources to recover afterwards.
September 27, 2017 in Local Interest, National News
Roger Williams University: Social Justice Month Events
Thursday, Oct 19
Mary Tefft White Center
How Housing Works
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Sponsored by Housing Works RI and RWU Chief Diversity Officer
Keywords: socioeconomic status, race, jobs, housing, equity
Workshop with Brenda Clement, Director of Housing Works Rhode Island and Ame Lambert, RWU Chief Diversity Officer.
An overview of housing issues in Rhode Island and connections to the larger social justice agenda.
September 25, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: People on the move for the week of Sept. 17
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Rhode Island LISC
Rhode Island Local Initiatives Support Corportation has welcomed two new employees. Jeremiah O’Grady, of Lincoln, joined LISC as program officer after spending more than 12 years at ONE Neighborhood Builders as real estate project manager and director of asset management and operations.
Liz Klinkenberg, of Warwick, was hired as communications director. She brings more than 15 years of public relations experience to her new position, including work for The Miami Herald and The Providence Journal.
The Providence American: Reed Announces $300k in Community Development Grants for NeighborWorks Affiliates
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to promote healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Rhode Island, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced an additional $300,000 in federal funding for three Rhode Island-based affiliates of NeighborWorks America (NeighborWorks). These federal funds will help NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, ONE Neighborhood Builders, and West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation to provide affordable housing opportunities, generate job growth, and enhance economic stability for working families. Earlier this year, Senator Reed also helped to secure over $750,000 in federal funding for NeighborWorks affiliates in Rhode Island, bringing total NeighborWorks investment in the state to above $1 million for fiscal year 2017.
September 21, 2017 in Federal News, Local Interest
The Providence American: Providence Unveils PVD Gives Donation Station
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today joined members of the City Council, public safety officials, and community leaders who have been named to the PVD Gives commission for the unveiling of the City’s first Donation Station at Kennedy Plaza. The retrofitted parking meter is one of ten stations that will be installed across the city to collect funds that will support local organizations that provide housing and services to those in need.
“PVD Gives and the new Donation Stations make it easier to give back,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “Our collective generosity can make all the difference in the lives of those striving to get back on their feet. I encourage visitors and residents to chip in and be part of the solution.”
September 21, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: Report: New England losing 65 acres of forestland per day
By Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
Updated Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
BOSTON — New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day — a loss that comes at a time when public funding for preservation of open land, both state and federal, has also been on the decline in all six states.
That’s the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by the Harvard Forest, a research institute of Harvard University.
The study found public funding for land conservation in New England dropped by half between 2008 and 2014 to $62 million per year, slightly lower than 2004 levels.
MassNAHRO, the leading housing and community development advocate for the provision and preservation of adequate and affordable housing for those with low and moderate incomes, is seeking a dynamic new Executive Director. Based in Boston, MassNAHRO serves members comprising approximately 240 public housing agencies and more than 1,300 publicly elected and appointed officials throughout the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (MassNAHRO) was established in 1972. It parallels and complements the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) as an official state chapter. MassNAHRO is primarily concerned with the policies of State agencies and State programs and the implications of national policies at the state and local levels. Members own or manage almost 50,000 state-funded public housing units, more than 33,000 federally-funded public housing units, 4,200 state-funded rental assistance units and 55,000 federal Section 8 units. The MassNAHRO Code of Conduct emphasizes adherence to the highest degree of professionalism and promotion of the public interest by all members. Please see www.massnahro.org.
MassNAHRO’s services include:
§ Monthly information concerning pertinent Federal and State legislation, issues impacting housing and community development programs, policy changes and other matters of importance to members.
§ Professional development opportunities including educational and technical workshops, seminars and conferences utilizing expert trainers and leaders in the field. MassNAHRO offers both the Massachusetts Public Housing Administrator and Board Member Certification Programs at various locations across the state on a continual basis.
§ Representation at the State Legislature, the MA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Members also have access to publications, an awards program, discounts on products and services, networking opportunities and service on standing committees. MassNAHRO also administers an insurance plan that offers worker’s compensation coverage to members.
MassNAHRO was instrumental in public housing reform and the passage of Chapter 235 of the Acts of 2014 - An Act Relative to Local Housing Authorities: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2014/Chapter235. Chapter 235 provides innovative strategies designed to assist Authorities with capital improvement, purchasing, unit turn over, wait list management and interagency collaborations. MassNAHRO worked closely with the Joint Committee on Housing, State Senators and Representatives, local housing authority staff, residents and other local officials to achieve the positive sweeping changes to the oversight, governance and operation of local housing authorities brought about by this blueprint for the future.
MassNAHRO is governed by a Board of Directors of approximately 20 housing authority Executive Directors/Commissioners. The new Executive Director will succeed long-time well-respected leader Tom Connelly who has recently retired.
The Executive Director reports directly to the MassNAHRO Board of Directors and serves as the spokesperson, liaison and coordinator with all major stakeholders of the Association. S/he is accountable for the Association’s financial performance and is responsible for daily management of all operations of MassNAHRO. We seek a leader with intellect, initiative, integrity and flexibility to work with an active membership; respect and humility to honor the impressive work done to date; and creativity to lead the Association to new levels of service.
§ External Leadership: Advocate on behalf of MassNAHRO members for needed affordable housing and community development laws and policies and involve members as appropriate. Develop relationships with legislators, other public officials, federal and state agencies such as HUD and DHCD, peer membership organizations, and local, state and national leaders. Serve as spokesperson concerning the business and governmental affairs of the Association as directed by the Board and manage the Association’s media relations.
§ Financial Oversight: Prepare an annual budget and manage financial affairs within the approved budget. Present transparent financial reports and immediately communicate any financial or fiduciary issues to the Board. Explore new and innovative avenues for revenue generation.
§ Association Management: Manage the Association on an ongoing basis including provision of all services promised to members as part of their Association dues. Oversee provision of professional development services and programs for members, and advocate on behalf of the membership.
§ Personnel Management: Maintain and follow appropriate policies for hiring, discipline and termination of staff. Provide day-to-day direction, delegation and control for the staff, maintaining a high performing and productive environment of talented and enthusiastic employees.
§ Interaction with the Board: Report to and confer with the Board of Directors, providing information to help the Board in strategic planning and formulating effective policies. Support the board in effective governance, ensure the effectiveness of the committee structure, and provide staff support to committees. Facilitate monthly board meetings. Implement policies of the Association as determined by the Board, reporting to the Board on progress and completion of assigned tasks and goals. Execute, secure and maintain corporate documents and commitments as authorized by the Board.
§ Member communication: Encourage membership in the Association and maintain active, supportive relationships with members. Regularly provide members with up-to-date and accurate information pertinent to the goals and decisions of the Association as well as legislative updates. Attend meetings of related organizations to provide updates on Association activities and generate support of Association priorities. Generate informative articles for monthly newsletters and take an active role at related conferences and events.
§ Commitment to the mission and dedication to affordable housing, public housing and/or community development
§ Experience in affordable housing, public housing and/or community development administration
§ Up-to-date knowledge of programs and policies governing affordable housing, public housing and/or community development
§ Experience in legislative and policy advocacy/government relations and outstanding advocacy skills
§ Proven experience successfully managing an organization including financial and staff management
§ Experience working with a board of directors
§ Proven ability to successfully manage critical, strategic relationships with partners
§ Strong team orientation and evidence of collaborative and respectful work style
§ Ability and experience as a dynamic and compelling spokesperson
§ Exceptional oral, written, listening and interpersonal communications skills
§ Association management experience/certification a plus.
To Apply in confidence, please send cover letter and resume to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates, email@example.com.
Brookline Housing Authority, a progressive housing authority exploring new and creative ways to preserve and create affordable housing, is seeking a highly qualified entrepreneurial Executive Director. This is a desirable opportunity for a highly motivated person with strong skills and experience to lead a well-established, dynamic organization in an exciting community neighboring Boston, MA.
The Organization and its Programs
In its recent Strategic Plan, the BHA identified redevelopment of its properties as its top priority. The first redevelopment is under way and another will start construction this year. Properties are being converted from public housing to Tax Credit/Sec. 8 housing under HUD’s RAD program. The change in subsidy programs requires extensive retraining of existing staff as well as hiring new staff. Over the past two years, the Authority created the new positions of Director of Redevelopment and Director of Asset Management. It also retained the affordable housing firm Beacon Communities to provide staff training and consulting on Tax Credit compliance.
In collaboration with partner organizations, the BHA provides an unprecedented array of self-sufficiency-based service programs for its residents. The numbers of programs and residents served more than doubled over the past five years. Programs include ESL and computer literacy classes; career development; mental health counseling; on-site food pantries; free tax preparation; hot meals, exercise classes, and service coordination for seniors; and a transitional housing program for formerly homeless.
The BHA was created under state law in 1948 as an independent public agency. It is a high-performing, well-capitalized, mid-size Public Housing Authority. Nearly half of affordable housing in Brookline is owned by the BHA. Residents of the BHA account for a large proportion of the diversity in the Town’s population. The Authority operates state and federal Public Housing and Tax Credit properties that serve families, seniors, and people with disabilities totaling 950+ apartments at twelve locations. The annual operating budget exceeds $20 million. The BHA also administers more than 1,000 Section 8 vouchers. The Town of Brookline generously supports the BHA with CDBG funds, a favorable PILOT tax agreement, and capital funds for redevelopment.
A five-member Board of Commissioners oversees the BHA and approves contracts, budgets, submissions to regulatory agencies, and policy decisions. Four Commissioners are elected by Town voters and the fifth is appointed by the Governor. One Commissioner is a BHA resident. The Commissioners all are community leaders and are knowledgeable about affordable housing.
Key Executive Director Responsibilities
The ED reports to the Board and works closely with the Board Chair. There are 35 staff members in eight BHA departments – Finance, Property Management, Sec. 8, Admissions, Modernization, Maintenance, Resident Services, and Redevelopment. All department heads have more than ten years’ experience in their field and report directly to the ED. Responsibilities include:
§ Leadership and External Relations: Together with the Board, articulate the BHA’s mission. Periodically renew the strategic plan. Maintain and increase financial resources from a range of sources. Create and sustain partnerships with other organizations. Respond to and take advantage of changes in applicable laws and regulations. Represent the BHA with funders, regulators, and community groups. Guide the redevelopment strategy with a focus on generating capital and additional housing units from the existing properties and land values. Recruit and develop talented senior staff. Negotiate union contract renewals and maintain positive relations with the BHA’s two unions.
§ Internal Management: Establish measurable goals for the organization and for each department based on the strategic plan, and report progress to the Board and other stakeholders. Oversee, evaluate, support, and hold accountable the senior staff. Maintain up-to-date personnel policies. Achieve a high level of compliance with applicable regulations including procurement of goods and services per state regulations. Focus on excellence in the core areas of vacancy turnover, rapid completion of work orders, and timely, accurate resident income certifications. Oversee key service providers including attorneys and accountants.
§ Financial Oversight: Steward and increase financial reserves in order to support the BHA’s mission. Prepare and monitor operating budgets with attention to generating positive cash flow. Oversee redevelopment capital budgets with attention to earning full developer fees. Emphasize control of costs at all levels. Ensure thorough execution of fiscal policies with transparency and integrity. Deliver clean annual financial audits.
§ Organizational Change: Strengthen the BHA’s capacity to succeed as an owner of Tax Credit and Sec. 8 properties and effectively manage the entailed risks and opportunities. Promote staff leadership and development. Arrange regular staff trainings and perpetuate the culture of ongoing learning. Fill key staff positions on retirement of incumbents with high capacity performers. Leverage technologies such as electronic document management to make work processes more efficient. Enlist allies and supporters of the BHA from the Town of Brookline’s resourceful residents. Identify new sources of revenue such as leasing the BHA’s rooftops to telecommunications firms.
§ In-depth transactional experience in affordable housing, particularly with the Tax Credit and Sec. 8 programs.
§ Familiarity with public housing and the federal RAD program for preserving public housing.
§ Proven success in managing and leading medium to large organizations in similar fields.
Desired Skills and Characteristics
§ Commitment to maintaining strong resident services and fostering resident engagement.
§ Strong capability in financial management, quantitative analysis, and Excel.
§ Knowledgeable in other relevant areas including property management/maintenance, resident services, risk management, human resources, legal procedures, and overseeing consultants, attorneys, and accountants.
§ Ability to motivate, evaluate, and coordinate a broad range of staff members.
§ Experience collaborating with a board of commissioners or directors.
§ Ability to navigate strategic relationships with multiple external partners.
§ Strong team orientation and evidence of collaborative work style with great respect for diversity.
§ Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
§ Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, public administration, or related field and minimum of ten years
of executive management experience of organizations/programs with annual budgets in excess of $5 million.
Master’s Degree preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
How to Apply
To apply in confidence, please submit cover letter and resume to Susan Barry, Egmont Associates, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brookline Housing Authority offers a competitive benefits package including state Group Insurance Commission health insurance and a defined-benefit, public sector pension plan.
The Brookline Housing Authority is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Females, LGBTQ individuals, minorities, veterans, Section 3 qualifying individuals, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Courtesy of Brookline Housing Authority
By Chris Bergenheim- April 13, 2018 12:28 pm
PROVIDENCE – The Omni Development Corp. has named Sharon Morris as executive director, the nonprofit development organization announced Friday.
Morris replaces Lawrence Brown, who served as executive director for two years after the death of Omni’s longtime executive director, Joseph Caffey.
To view the complete article, visit Providence Business News
Courtesy of Providence Business News
Position Title: Director of Coordinated Housing Placement
Supervised By: Executive Director
Position Type: Full Time; Exempt
The Director of Coordinated Housing Placement is responsible for coordinating, monitoring, and overseeing key elements of the Continuum of Care's (CoC) Coordinated Entry process to house veterans, families, and individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. Work will be supported and informed by the Homeless Management Information System, (HMIS), which is administered by the Coalition.
Coordinated Entry is a data-driven concept widely accepted as best practice in homeless assistance systems to achieve three goals:
Primary to the work will be operationalizing the CoC Placement Committees: Veteran, Chronic Homelessness, and Youth and Family placement, bringing together homeless service and housing providers as well as community partners. The goals of these committees are: to place individuals and families in housing; and, identify barriers to placement in housing for resolution at the policy (administrative/legislative) and inter-agency collaboration/cooperation levels.
In addition to placement committee facilitation, the Director of Coordinated Housing Placement convenes. facilitates. and advises systems and policy improvements through other forums and coordinating committees designed to achieve the goals set out above.
Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
Housing Placement Committees
Manage Continuum of Care's By Name Lists for Veterans, Families, and People experiencing Chronic Homelessness
Continuum of Care Support
Other Duties as Assigned
This position is grant funded and continuation of the position is contingent upon the continued availability of funding.
To Apply: Email resume, cover letter and list of at least three professional references with "Director of Coordinated Housing Placement" in the subject line to email@example.com by 5:00 pm Wednesday, December 13th.
Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless is an equal opportunity employer.
Hiring Salary Range: $55,000 - $60,000
By Mary MacDonald | April 27, 2018 6:30 am
R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year in a position of financial strength, says Executive Director Barbara Fields.
It has created programs to assist first-time homeowners, expanded its servicing of mortgages to include those generated by MaineHousing and emerged from the Great Recession with a surplus of financial assets.
But it is working against a backdrop of unaffordability. Half of all renters and 30 percent of homeowners in Rhode Island are housing-cost burdened, paying more than 30 percent of their take-home income on rent and utilities.
Fields has been executive director of the quasi-public agency since January 2015. She previously was the New England regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the director of the Local Initiatives Support Corp. in Providence.
What’s the best way for Rhode Island to increase access to affordable housing?
“Build, build, build,” she said.
How has the mission of R.I. Housing changed over the past 45 years? R.I. Housing was established by the General Assembly in 1973 as a public corporation of the state. We have an independent existence from the state, although they exercise a central control over our board. Our primary purpose was to encourage investment of private funds for the development of housing for low- and moderate-income persons, and to function as a source of capital for affordable-housing development. We were basically set up to be the state’s housing bank at a time when many other states were doing this. Today, there are 53 housing finance agencies [nationally].
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