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Rodger Hara Explains All Hallow’s Eve – All Soul’s and All Saints Days and What Matters Always

October 20, 2015

From The Denver City Page:

 

“According to 9NEWS around 1:30pm on Saturday afternoon police received a frantic 911 call from a woman stating that there were zombies and people full of blood all over the streets of Downtown, Denver. Apparently the woman was unaware of the 10th annual Zombie Crawl that was taking place in Denver that day. Police were dispatched to the scene only to find a bunch of people walking around in Zombie costumes on the 16th St mall. Needless to say the woman was completely embarrassed when the police told her what was going on. The 52 year-old woman was here on work from Texas and had no idea about the Zombie Crawl event.”

 

Sad news to go with the strange news…

After 30 years of operating as a family business, it is with both sadness and peace of mind that the Aguirre Family announces the retirement of Rosa Linda’s Mexican Café effective October 30th 2015. It has been one of the hardest decisions we have had to make.

Several factors played into our decision such as the children’s pursuit of other professional endeavors, and the parents’ need to retire.

With that said, we also regretfully announce that our Annual Thanksgiving Feast to the Needy has been canceled. We know many volunteers and guests looked forward to attending our event and it became a tradition for many. We are grateful for the wonderful support given throughout the 30 years of our Thanksgiving feast, and look forward to establishing new traditions.

We thank all our friends and extended family for giving us the honor to serve you! We will miss you as we start our next journey. Thank you again

The Aguirre Family

 

http://www.westword.com/restaurants/rosa-lindas-mexican-cafe-will-close-october-30-after-thirty-years-7260694

 

Not sure if I’ll have time to do another newsletter before Halloween (All-Hallows Eve as adopted by the Christians – Samhain (Sow-en to the pagans), so I’ll do my annual historical perspective – Samhain dates back to the ancient Celts who lived 2,000 years ago. Contrary to what some believe, is not a celebration of a Celtic god of the dead. Instead, it is a Celtic word meaning “summer’s end.” The Celts believed that summer ended on October 31st and the New Year began on November 1st and then winter began. But the Celts also followed a lunar calendar and their celebrations began at sunset the night before.  During the day on October 31st, the fires within the pagan home were extinguished and families would engage in a good “fall” cleaning to clear out the old and make way for the new, starting the winter months with fresh and clean households.

 

At sunset on October 31, clans or villages would begin the formal ceremonies of Samhain by lighting a giant bonfire. The people would gather around the fire to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. It was a method of giving the Gods and Goddesses their share of the previous years’ herd or crops. In addition these sacred fires were a big part of the cleansing of the old year and a method to prepare for the coming new year.

 

During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, and danced around the bonfire. Many of these dances told stories or played out the cycles of life and death or commemorated the cycle of Wheel of Life. These costumes were adorned for three primary reasons: The first was to honor the dead who were allowed to rise from the Otherworld. The Celts believed that souls were set free from the land of the dead during the eve of Samhain. Those that had been trapped in the bodies of animals were released by the Lord of the Dead and sent to their new incarnations. The wearing of these costumes signified the release of these souls into the physical world;  The second was because not all of these souls were honored and respected. Some were also feared as they would return to the physical world and destroy crops, hide livestock or ‘haunt’ the living who may have done them wrong. The second reason for these traditional costumes was to hide from these malevolent spirits to escape their trickery; The final representation was a method to honor the Celtic Gods and Goddesses of the harvest, fields and flocks, giving thanks and homage to those deities who assisted the village or clan through the trials and tribulations of the previous year and to ask for their favor during the coming year and the harsh winter to come.

 

In addition to celebrations and dance, it was believed that the veil between the physical world and the Otherworld thinned that night and permitted  communications between the living and the dead. With these communications, Druid Priests, and Celtic Shamans would tell peoples’ fortunes. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and guidance during the long, dark winter.

 

When the community celebration was over, each family would take a torch or burning ember from the sacred bonfire and return to their own home. The home fires that has been extinguished during the day were re-lit by the flame of the sacred bonfire to help protect the dwelling and its’ inhabitants during the coming winter. These fires were kept burning night and day during the next several months. It was believed that if a home lost its’ fire, tragedy and troubles would soon follow.

 

With the hearth fires lit, the families would place food and drink outside their doors to appease the roaming spirits who might play tricks on the family.

 

With the coming of Christianity in the 800s AD, the early Church in England incorporated the old Celtic festivals into its Christian rituals. Pope Boniface IV designated the 1st of November as “All Saints Day,” honoring saints and martyrs. He also decreed October 31 as “All Hallows Eve”,  and that eventually became Hallow’een.

 

Scholars today widely accept that the Pope was attempting to replace the earlier Celtic pagan festival with a church-sanctioned holiday. As this Christian holiday spread, the name evolved as well. Also called All-hallows Eve or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day). 200 years later, in 1000 AD, the church madeNovember 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It is celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints’, All Saints’, and All Souls’ day, are called Hallowmas.

 

In Ire­land chil­dren carved out pota­toes or turnips as “Jack-O-Lanterns” and lighted them from the inside with candles. The prac­tice ori­gin­ated from an Irish myth about a man nick­named “Stingy Jack” who invited the Devil to have a drink with him and then didn’t want to pay for his drink. Jack tricked the Devil into climb­ing up a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While the devil was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the he could not come down until he prom­ised not to bother Jack for ten more years. Soon there­after, Jack died and God would not allow such an unsa­vory fig­ure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keep­ing his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. So Jack was con­demned to wander the earth between heaven and hell with only a burn­ing piece of coal in a carved out turnip to light his way.

Ref­er­ences to pump­kins date back many cen­tur­ies. The name pump­kin ori­gin­ated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “pepon.” “Pepon” was changed by the French into “pom­pon.” The Eng­lish changed “pom­pon” to “Pum­pion.” Shakespeare referred to the “pum­pion” in his Merry Wives of Wind­sor. Amer­ican col­on­ists changed “pum­pion” into “pump­kin.” The “pump­kin” is referred to in The Legend of Sleepy Hol­low, Peter, Peter, Pump­kin Eater and Cinderella.  Nat­ive Amer­ic­ans dried strips of pump­kin and wove them into mats. They also roas­ted long strips of pump­kin on the open fire and ate them. The ori­gin of pump­kin pie occurred when the col­on­ists sliced off the pump­kin top, removed the seeds, and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. The pump­kin was then baked in hot ashes.

The story of Jack came to Amer­ica with the hun­dreds of thou­sands of Irish immig­rants in the mid nine­teenth cen­tury. In Amer­ica, pump­kins were cheaper and more read­ily avail­able than turnips, but carving them and mak­ing them in to Jack-O-Lanterns lit by a candle inside became an Amer­ican tra­di­tion as Hal­loween was enthu­si­ast­ic­ally adop­ted in the New World by people from every pos­sible eth­nic back­ground. By the 1880’s it had really caught on and had become part of the tap­estry of Amer­ican hol­i­day tra­di­tions. Today, most think of Hal­loween as an Amer­ican hol­i­day and are unaware of the ancient old world roots of the carved pump­kins that are a tra­di­tional part of the cel­eb­ra­tion. We carve pump­kins at Hal­loween because of the ancient Celts, pagans and Irish des­cend­ants who came to Amer­ica. Pagans today still cel­eb­rate Sam­hain. To learn more about Sam­hain, go to: http://​www​.two​pa​gans​.com/​h​o​l​i​d​a​y​/​S​a​m​h​a​i​n​.​h​tml

 

PEOPLE

 

Jennifer Erixon left US Bank last month and is now a Senior Vice President Originations at Alliant Capital LLC…

 

Interesting article about Vikki Gold (former Ex Dir of the Atlantis Community organization) and the new life she’s made for herself in Costa Rica http://internationalliving.com/2014/09/starting-over-at-69-in-costa-rica/

 

Mike Rosser was recently honored by his CSU, his Alma Mater, with a  2015 50 Year Club Career Achievement Award

 

“Mike Rosser began his respected mortgage career in 1965 and has made widespread impacts on Colorado’s mortgage industry. Rosser received an M.S. in urban and regional planning from the University of Northern Colorado, and graduated from the School for Mortgage Banking at Northwestern University. After he graduated, he financed the first FHA- and Fannie Mae-approved townhouse project in Colorado and developed the “Mortgages for Beginners” initiative to expand mortgage opportunities for low- and moderate-income families. He participated in the government-sponsored enterprise Affordable Housing Working Committee, which he considers one of his most important committee assignments.

 

His efforts have also benefited Colorado’s environment. He served on the Colorado Land-Use Commission where he served as a policy analyst on the energy impact on the Western Slope, and he was involved in the environmental impact study for the construction of Beaver Creek ski area. As a co-founder of both the Arapahoe County Open-Space and Trails Advisory boards, currently, he serves on the Colorado Advisory Board for the Trust for Public Land and the city of Aurora’s Open Space board.

 

Rosser has received numerous awards for his contributions, including the Everett C. Spelman Award, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the Burton C. Wood Legislative Service Award, and the Arapahoe County’s Distinguished Citizen Award. In 1998, the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association instituted the E. Michael Rosser Colorado Mortgage Bankers Lifetime Achievement Award and, in 2000, Rosser and his wife, Dr. Keren Call, received the Jim & Nadine Henry Distinguished Alumni Award from CSU’s Alumni Association. Rosser served as CSU’s Alumni Association president in 1985 and served on the board from 1979-80, 1982-86, and 2004-2008.

 

Rosser has devoted time and energy to CSU, which includes obtaining a grant to help establish what is now known as the Everett Real Estate Center.”

 

Bill Callison  has been elected Chair of the American Bar association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development…

 

Tim Gough has left the City of Aurora to join the staff at the Colorado Division of Housing – email is tim.gough@state.co.us – no new phone number yet…

 

John Wiechmann, President and CEO of Midwest Housing Equity Group, Inc. was recently recognized as a 2015 Young Leader by Affordable Housing Finance magazine…

 

You DCLF alums out there will recognize the name of Luis Benitez, who led many an Outward Bound Course and guided blind climber Erik Weihenmeyer to the summit of Mt. Everest and with whom I had the pleasure of working a few courses –Governor Hickenlooper has appointed him Director of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, a new position in his office.

 

OTHER NEWS

 

Mothers Advocate for Affordable Housing (MAAH) is a diverse coalition of women who are concerned about the lack of affordable housing and have begun to ask: where will our children or aging parent live, where will our workforce live and, ultimately, how can Denver continue to grow if housing costs become unbearable for all?  More information about MAAH can be found at the link below:

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-of-denver-denver-city-council-support-affordable-housing-in-denver

 

Boulder Housing Partners is looking for a new compliance manager – https://boulderhousing.org/compliance-manager

 

re’s your chancee funds for to help the city’s homeless and be the very first to stay in Denver’s newest luxury hotels!

 

Be the First to Stay in One of

Westin Denver International Airport’s

New 35 Luxurious Suites and 

Raise Funds to Help Denver’s Homeless

 

Online Auction to Benefit Denver’s Road Home

 

 

 

 

Denver’s Road Home, Denver International Airport, Westin Denver International Airport Team Up
to Raise Funds for Homelessness Programs

Denver’s Road Home, Denver International Airport and the Westin Denver International Airport are teaming up to provide lucky bidders with a night of glamour at one of Denver’s newest hotels. The special VIP experience will take place on November 19 in conjunction with the opening of the 519-room Westin Denver International Airport.

 

Place your bids now through 11 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, for an exclusive night in one of the 35 lavish suites at the new Westin Denver International Airport and enjoy a one-of-a-kind VIP treatment!

Along with the exclusive overnight stay, winning bidders will be treated to:

  • An open bar and reception in the amazing Sky Lobby 
  • A private interactive four course “Chef’s Table” dinner 
  • A dessert bar in the spectacular pre-function space 
  • A late night reception on Level 11
  • A champagne brunch in the new Grill & Vine 
  • … and a few other surprises thrown in along the way!

Packages begin at $1500, for two people, with proceeds benefiting Denver’s Road Home.
For a full description of available packages and to place your bid, please visit http://www.blacktie-colorado.com/auctions/index.cfm?fuseaction=Auctions.Landing&aid=717

 

Don’t miss your opportunity to be the first to enjoy this beautiful new hotel while supporting Denver’s Road Home in ending homelessness and restoring hope for thousands in our city.

Five awards were presented at last week’s Colorado Housing NOW! Conference. Eagle Awards went to the Ft. Collins Housing Authority’s Redtail Ponds Permanent Supportive Housing Project, the Loveland Housing Authority’s Green House Homes development at Mirasol, and the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Renaissance Stout Street project. A Special Recognition award went to the Melonaire   Apartments  developed by the Tri-County Housing Development Corporation in Rocky Ford. The People’s Choice award went to the Aurora Housing Authority’s Village at Westerly Creek II.

 

The Colorado Enterprise Fund, a CDFI that finances small businesses, is hiring two loan officers. They are looking for one senior position with experience in lending, particularly the SBA 7a program, and one junior position with experience in community and/or economic development. The job descriptions are attached above. If you have any questions, contact Anne Misak whose info is below:

 

  Healthy Food Program Manager

            Colorado Enterprise Fund

            1888 Sherman St., Suite 530

            Denver, CO 80203

            720.473.4070

            anne@coloradoenterprisefund.org

 

Please join us for Brothers  Redevelopment’s Appreciation Night on Thursday, October 22, 5:30 pm at Howl at the Moon Wine & Piano Bar. Live music, food, drinks and a fabulous silent auction will ensure an evening filled with fun and celebration! 

 

The Metro Denver Homeless Initiative 3rd Quarter Newsletter is attached above fyi…

 

Interesting article from the Washington Post on the difference between how women talk to men and vice versa…

 

            https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2015/10/13/jennifer-lawrence-has-a-point-famous-quotes-the-way-a-woman-would-have-to-say-them-during-a-meeting/?postshare=4791445287867852

 

News from CHFA attached above re the new Utility Allowance Schedule for Denver…

 

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is looking for a new President – see the job announcement attached above

 

Please join us as we introduce

 

 

 

 

RSVP BY NOVEMBER 2

homelessness@denverfoundation.org

 

HUMOR

A cabbie picks up a Nun. She gets into the cab, and notices that the VERY handsome cab driver won’t stop staring at her. She asks him why he is staring.

He replies: “I have a question to ask, but I don’t want to offend you.”

She answers, “My son, you cannot offend me. When you’re as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I’m sure that there’s nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive.”

“Well, I’ve always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me.”

She responds, “Well, let’s see what we can do about that…
1) You have to be single and
2) You must be Catholic.”

The cab driver is very excited and says, “Yes, I’m single and Catholic!”

“OK” the nun says. “Pull into the next alley.”

The nun fulfills his fantasy with a kiss that would make a hooker blush. But when they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying.

“My dear child,” said the nun, “why are you crying?”

“Forgive me, but I’ve sinned. I lied and I must confess, I’m married and I’m Jewish.”

The nun says, “That’s OK. My name is Kevin and I’m going to a Halloween party!”

SOUNDTRACK

“Monster Mash”, Bobby “Boris” Pickett, “Thriller”, Michael Jackson, “This is Halloween”, Danny Elfman, “Superstition”,Stevie Wonder, “Werewolves of London”, Warren Zevon

MENTAL FLOSS

 

 

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Metro Denver Homeless Initiative <info@mdhi.org>
To: <rodger.hara@comcast.net>
Cc:
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2015 12:44:32 -0600
Subject: MDHI 3rd Quarter Newsletter

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The mission of the Metropolitan Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) is to implement a comprehensive homeless housing

and service continuum of care (CoC) system in the seven-county metropolitan area. 

Third Quarter 2015

2015 HUD Continuum of Care Funding Competition

  • MDHI eligible for up to $3,181,783 for new Permanent Housing projects
  • New projects to house families, youth & those experiencing chronic homelessness
  • In addition to the bonus amount – our total annual renewal demand is $21,211,885

For more information please visit: www.mdhi.org

Updates Regarding Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement System (CAHPS)

  • 240 individuals housed through CAHPS through August 2015—-98 chronically homeless individuals (non-veterans) and 142 veterans
  • Housing and Homeless Funder’s Collaborative has provided funding to extend two regional housing navigators through end of 2015
  • Metro Mayors Caucus and local municipalities contribute over $55,000 to landlord outreach campaign
  • Over 55 landlords have signed on to the campaign, with Atlas Realty pledging 200 units
  • Planning for youth coordinated assessment pilot is underway
  • Beginning transition of veteran data to HomeLink platform, with ultimate goal to have CAHPS in HMIS
  • An alternate process has been created to address the following situations:
    • Individuals who are unable to complete the VI-SPDAT due to mental health / trauma concerns
    • Occasions where the VI-SPDAT score seems incongruent with the actual vulnerability of the person assessed
    • Duplicate VI-SPDATs completed and the variance in scores is greater than 5 OR the scoring difference crosses a threshold of housing intervention type
 

Landlord Recruitment: Campaign Update

  • Successful launch of Landlord Recruitment campaign; to view the Denver Post article click here
  • We have acquired over 30 participating landlords and are identifying one and two bedroom units for CAHPS participants.

Checkout the Landlords Opening Doors website here 

 

Peer Navigator Project Expands

MDHI is expanding its peer-navigator project under a new, three-year partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Grant funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was awarded to the school’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Program (BHWP) and in partnership with MDHI is enabling the Peer Navigator (PN) project to expand geographically, from Denver and Boulder counties into Jefferson County, as well as functionally, through a new focus on behavioral health and chronic disease prevention and control.

MDHI began the project in early 2014 with seed money from the Denver Foundation. Intended to help persons who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness obtain housing and supportive services, the project features the involvement of formerly homeless individuals as trained Peer Navigators (PNs). Working at nonprofit day shelters serving the homeless, these workers provide empathetic outreach to engage with and address the needs of vulnerable individuals. Under the new partnership with the BHWP, the PNs are being trained to provide specialized outreach to chronically homeless individuals who are struggling with behavioral health disorders. They are helping these persons access not only housing services, but also chronic disease prevention and treatment services and public benefit programs. Research has found strong associations among homelessness, severe and persistent mental illness, and chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and chronic pulmonary diseases.
 

Highlights

and News

 
 

Additional Grants Awarded to MDHI

 
AmeriCorps VISTA

MDHI has been awarded a second year for the AmeriCorps VISTA project, which will commence November 2015. In addition to our returning VISTA members, we would like to welcome Alex Malchow, who will serve with our partner site Adams County Housing Authority-3ce, and Grace Cerand, who will serve at Aurora Housing Authority. 

VA Grant

MDHI has been awarded a grant from the Veteran Administration (VA) to augment the existing Point in Time count efforts and to help overcome the challenges of collecting and reporting data on homeless Veterans. The grant will also fund the second year of Veteran Peer Interviewers for the 2016 PIT count.

Award from the Denver Foundation

MDHI has been awarded $50,000 through the Denver Foundation to fund the second year of the Peer Navigator Program.

 

Upcoming Events

Metro Denver Public Will Building Campaign Launch
Where: History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway St., Denver, CO 80203
When: Thursday, November 5, 2015 7:30am – 9:00am

For more information please visit Denver Foundation website here

Employment Committee
Friday, October 23, 2015
9:00  – 11:30 am
Mile High United Way Building–
3rd Floor Conference Room
Point- In -Time Committee
Wednesday, October 21
1:00  – 3:30 pm
West Senior Center’s Alpine Conference Room, 909 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder
MDHI Board Meeting
Thursday, November 12, 2015
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St., Denver Large Conference Room

Data Committee
Wednesday, October 21
9:00 – 10:00 am
Mile High United Way Building
Coordinating Committee
Friday, October 23
9:00  – 11:30 am
Mile High United Way Building
HMIS Committee
November 4, 2015
9:00  – 10:30 am
Mile High United Way Building
*see our calendar for a full listing of upcoming events

MDHI Staff

Executive Director

Gary Sanford
Program Coordinator

Rebecca Mayer
Data Coordinator

Joe Baker

Communications Coordinator
Amanda Trujillo
Employment Intern

Jessica Stachler

Volunteers
Brian Garrett
Elizabeth Sterlachi
Geena Torti
Nancy Kichler

Special Thanks to Our Investors and Partners

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From: chfa multifamily program compliance <lsmith@chfainfo.com>
To: <rodger.hara@comcast.net>
Cc:
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2015 10:09:58 -0600
Subject: chfa enews: mf program compliance – 10.19.2015 – utility allowance schedule – denver – effective october 1, 2015

October 19, 2015

utility allowance schedule – denver – effective october 1, 2015

For properties located in Denver and/or utilizing Denver Public Housing Authority’s (PHA) utility allowance schedule dated October 1, 2015, the effective date of October 1, 2015 begins the 90 day notification period to Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) households. Please post a notice of new rates on a bulletin board in resident view. New rates must be implemented no earlier or later than January 1, 2016.

Please be advised that Denver PHA has changed their format. The previous line item “Electric (Lights/Refrigerator) is now combined with the line item “Other Elec/Lights/Refrig (mixed Gas/Electric). Please make sure you elect the appropriate utilities for each building in your project. If you have any questions, please visit our utility policy on our website or contact your Program Compliance Officer.

       
 
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From: National Low Income Housing Coalition – NLIHC <outreach@nlihc.org>
To: Rodger Hara <rodger.hara@comcast.net>
Cc:
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:36:31 -0600
Subject: POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: NLIHC is Seeking a New President and Chief Executive Officer

 

NLIHC is Seeking a New President and Chief Executive Officer

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. Founded in 1974 by Cushing N. Dolbeare, NLIHC educates, organizes and advocates to ensure decent, affordable housing for everyone. NLIHC’s goals are to preserve existing federally assisted homes and housing resources, expand the supply of low income housing, and establish housing stability as the primary purpose of federal low income housing policy.

NLIHC employs 16 full-time staff members and is governed by a board of directors comprised of 26 members. The organization has an annual operating budget of $2.8 million and has total assets of approximately $5.5 million.

POSITION OVERVIEW

The President and Chief Executive Officer, reporting to the Board of Directors, will have an opportunity to lead and transition an established, well-respected national organization by passionately pursuing and implementing strategies that reframe priorities around extremely low income housing and economic justice issues. The new leader will masterfully leverage, expand and deepen connections and relationships across the nonprofit subsectors including health, education, and environmental issues that impact the poorest Americans.

The new leader will actively explore and seize mission-driven opportunities that impact the organization’s future, including its public policy agenda and fundraising goals. The CEO must be able to skillfully navigate strategic priorities for the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), designed to build, preserve, rehabilitate, and operate rental homes for people with the lowest incomes. As the organization’s new CEO, it will be important to continue to position and present NLIHC as the “go to” national leader regarding the housing needs for those with the lowest incomes. As a thought-leader and articulate advocate, the CEO will drive a robust agenda that influences legislation and regulatory issues impacting the housing stability of low income people. The CEO will refine NLIHC’s strategic focus to broaden and maximize impact and ensure long-term sustainability. The CEO will advocate fervently for socially just housing policies that builds and strengthens relationships with key stakeholders, donors, members, partners, and constituents, including a committed board and highly competent and engaged staff.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

The successful candidate will have an advanced degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 15 years of executive management experience of which at least 7 years should include experience successfully managing a nonprofit agency or significant large-scale national program. The successful candidate will also have extensive experience advocating for socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.

The ideal leader has the ability to inspire, develop and empower staff and build a dynamic senior leadership team. The CEO will forge a solid partnership with the board and effectively manage the organization’s affairs. The new leader is a passionate and articulate advocate with demonstrated competencies to lead during an organizational transition, and has deep-rooted knowledge about housing, homelessness, community and economic development issues. The CEO must have the ability to develop, communicate and pursue a vision for the organization and have demonstrated competencies to build capacity. The CEO must be able to conceptualize and leverage programs to influence, expand and build influential relationships with multiple constituents. The ideal leader must also have proven success in fundraising, exceptional interpersonal skills, and leadership presence. The CEO will have a solid financial management and oversight competencies, experience working with a Board of Directors and managing public relations, outstanding strategic and analytical abilities, and excellent written and oral communications skills.  

For consideration, interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing samples. Your cover letter must address your experience and qualifications. Send materials to: execsearch@nonprofithr.com or mail or fax to: Nonprofit HR, Attn: NLIHC-CEO Search, 1400 I Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005, Fax:202.785.2064. Electronic submissions highly preferred. Application deadline is December 11, 2015. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Please visit www.nlihc.org for more information.

 

 
 
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