It is been a tumultuous 12 months for housing and homeless products and services in the metropolis of Spokane.
But 2022 is presently seeking unique, with a new leader established to take the helm in January.
Jennifer Cerecedes was nominated by Mayor Nadine Woodward as director of the Local community, Housing and Human Services Section and confirmed by the Spokane Town Council on Dec. 13.
“Despite the worries that have transpired, I did come to feel fired up about the chance to occur in and make a variance in the community,” Cerecedes claimed.
In her new function, Cerecedes will oversee a division that manages millions of pounds of funding for homelessness and reasonably priced housing packages.
Woodward and council users really don’t usually see eye-to-eye when it will come to the section and applications it oversees, but the two sang Cerecedes’ praises this week.
Cerecedes’ employ the service of will come at a time of upheaval and turnover in the housing office. Its previous director, Timothy Sigler, still left this spring, as did senior supervisor Tija Danzig. Various other staff members followed fit, leaving a slew of vacancies and prompting Woodward to variety a “strike team” of best administration officers to suitable the ship.
Cerecedes will sign up for the metropolis in January and provides a decade of working experience in homelessness and transitional housing courses at Spokane Neighborhood Action Companions (SNAP), adopted by many several years in the private sector.
“I thought she was wonderful the first time I met her,” Woodward claimed, adding that a member of the CHHS staff members was supportive of the retain the services of.
Cerecedes joined SNAP in 2002 and immediately rose by means of the ranks. She taught daily life skills lessons for the agency’s homeless services department ahead of starting to be a situation supervisor, then a software supervisor.
In 2013, she joined Clearwater Paper, where by she held a selection of positions, like in human methods, getting and advertising and marketing.
She oversaw a lot more than $3 million in grants for SNAP and resources substantially greater than that at Clearwater Paper.
In her new position for the town, she needs to marry her one particular-on-one working experience giving homeless services with the fiscal know-how attained in both the nonprofit and non-public sector.
“I consider that owning accomplished scenario management is an asset for the reason that I know what it is like to operate with individuals who are in require of services, and I know some of the worries that come into place when you’re striving to link them to products and services,” Cerecedes mentioned.
It is been almost a 10 years since Cerecedes worked in housing and homelessness. There have been “a large amount of positives” in the reaction to homelessness, Cerecedes stated, together with the formation of partnerships with other regional governments.
“I assume that some aspects of homelessness have grow to be far more noticeable, I never automatically know that there is more of it,” Cerecedes stated.
Woodward credited Cerecedes with jumping again into the realm of housing and homelessness.
“To get back again into that arena, as hard as it is, and even figuring out what is heading on in CHHS, the truth that she wished to arrive in and tackle that takes a lot of courage,” Woodward stated.
City Council customers also expressed optimism that Cerecedes will support get the housing and human providers section back again on keep track of.
“Let’s make absolutely sure she gets what she desires to do her job,” said Councilwoman Lori Kinnear.
Council President Breean Beggs was amongst these amazed with Cerecedes’ experienced practical experience in the nonprofit and personal sector. She “brings all those two alongside one another to be really efficient and incredibly caring,” Beggs said.
The posture atop Cerecedes was also still left vacant this calendar year pursuing the abrupt departure of former Neighborhood, Housing and Human Solutions Director Cupid Alexander.
That part has been loaded on an interim basis by Eric Finch, the city’s chief innovation and engineering officer.
The town has crammed 4 other vacancies in the CHHS department in new weeks. It is actively recruiting for two program manager positions.
Cerecedes will participate in a critical position in filling out the staffing in the section, according to city spokesman Brian Coddington.
“We definitely have some tenured staff members who have been holding the ship collectively,” Cerecedes mentioned.