Jennifer Cerecedes to guide metropolis housing, homelessness services

It is been a tumultuous year for housing and homeless products and services in the city of Spokane.

But 2022 is already hunting distinct, 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 Products and services Office and confirmed by the Spokane City Council on Dec. 13.

“Despite the worries that have transpired, I did really feel energized about the possibility to come in and make a difference in the community,” Cerecedes reported.

In her new function, Cerecedes will oversee a division that manages tens of millions of pounds of funding for homelessness and affordable housing applications.

Woodward and council customers do not normally see eye-to-eye when it will come to the department and courses it oversees, but each sang Cerecedes’ praises this week.

Cerecedes’ retain the services of arrives at a time of upheaval and turnover in the housing division. Its previous director, Timothy Sigler, remaining this spring, as did senior manager Tija Danzig. Many other staff members followed suit, leaving a slew of vacancies and prompting Woodward to form a “strike team” of prime administration officials to ideal the ship.

Cerecedes will join the city in January and provides a decade of working experience in homelessness and transitional housing plans at Spokane Community Motion Companions (SNAP), adopted by quite a few decades in the private sector.

“I thought she was good the initial time I achieved her,” Woodward mentioned, incorporating that a member of the CHHS personnel was supportive of the seek the services of.

Cerecedes joined SNAP in 2002 and immediately rose by means of the ranks. She taught everyday living expertise courses for the agency’s homeless companies section right before turning out to be a scenario supervisor, then a program supervisor.

In 2013, she joined Clearwater Paper, where by she held a range of positions, such as in human means, obtaining and internet marketing.

She oversaw far more than $3 million in grants for SNAP and resources significantly larger than that at Clearwater Paper.

In her new function for the town, she wants to marry her just one-on-a single expertise furnishing homeless services with the fiscal know-how attained in each the nonprofit and non-public sector.

“I consider that obtaining carried out case administration is an asset because I know what it’s like to operate with people who are in will need of services, and I know some of the troubles that come into place when you’re making an attempt to connect them to products and services,” Cerecedes mentioned.

It is been just about a decade given that Cerecedes worked in housing and homelessness. There have been “a great deal of positives” in the response to homelessness, Cerecedes stated, together with the development of partnerships with other regional governments.

“I feel that some factors of homelessness have develop into much more seen, I do not always know that there is additional of it,” Cerecedes stated.

Woodward credited Cerecedes with jumping back into the realm of housing and homelessness.

“To get again into that arena, as hard as it is, and even knowing what is going on in CHHS, the reality that she needed to arrive in and deal with that requires a large amount of braveness,” Woodward said.

Metropolis Council members also expressed optimism that Cerecedes will help get the housing and human products and services office back on keep track of.

“Let’s make sure she gets what she desires to do her job,” said Councilwoman Lori Kinnear.

Council President Breean Beggs was between those impressed with Cerecedes’ specialist knowledge in the nonprofit and non-public sector. She “brings all those two with each other to be really productive and really caring,” Beggs claimed.

The position atop Cerecedes was also still left vacant this 12 months adhering to the abrupt departure of former Community, Housing and Human Expert services Director Cupid Alexander.

That part has been crammed on an interim basis by Eric Finch, the city’s main innovation and technology officer.

The town has loaded 4 other vacancies in the CHHS department in the latest months. It is actively recruiting for two application supervisor positions.

Cerecedes will enjoy a critical purpose in filling out the staffing in the department, in accordance to town spokesman Brian Coddington.

“We absolutely have some tenured workforce who have been keeping the ship alongside one another,” Cerecedes reported.