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Beyond Bricks and Mortar: An Overview of Programs and Current State Initiatives for Resident Services for Affordable Housing Projects

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


Resident services designed to help low-income families find and access services are critical in fostering positive outcomes are critical affordable housing developments that seek to create healthy and stable communities enhance resident's life prospects.  This brownbag will provide a basic overview of current resident service programs typically found in elderly and family affordable housing communities and discuss state-level initiatives to improve the coordination of resident service delivery. 

Sarah Green Vaswani is a Resident Service Coordinator with Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly in Brighton. She has over 12 years of experience in accessing benefits and services for elders and in developing programming to encourage wellness and longevity. Shelagh Ellman-Pearl is a hearing officer and counsel at the Department of Housing and Community Development. In addition to her work on the interagency supportive housing efforts resulting from St. 2013, c. 58 (An Act Relative to Community Housing and Services), Shelagh works on other affordable housing issues and programs at DHCD, including Chapter 40B (the Comprehensive Permit Law) and Chapter 40R (Smart Growth). Roger Herzog brings over 25 years of experience in Massachusetts in the housing and community development field, including work in both the public and non-profit sectors.  Roger currently serves as the Executive Director for the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC), where he works with community development corporations (CDCs) and other non-profit organizations on new affordable and supportive housing development and assists tenants, owners, CDCs, and local communities on strategies for preserving existing affordable housing (expiring use and Section 8 projects). Melissa Jones joined Boston LISC as a Program Officer for the Resilient Communities/Resilient Families and Community Safety Initiatives. In her role, she supports local neighborhoods to engage residents and other community leaders to develop and implement Quality of Life Investment Plans that promote robust and engaged communities. Melissa's other comprehensive community work includes serving as the Community Transformation Director at Youth Uprising, East Oakland's largest youth development center and in city government in the Cities of Oakland and Alameda.


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Jennifer Jones


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