Message from the President
Message from the President
Greetings, and welcome to the Northern California/Nevada Chapter of NAHRO Annual Winter Conference. Our theme this year, “More Than Housing,” truly reflects what we are in the housing arena: Continuum of Care, Resident Services, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Foster Youth, Family Re-Unification, Resident Training Programs, Resident Opportunity for Self Sufficiency (ROSS), Family Self Sufficiency (FSS), Home Ownership, Aide to the Homeless, Maintenance, Finance, Community Development Block Grant, Choice Neighborhood and more. What a blessing and accomplishment to participate in such an intricate part of the lives of the people we serve. Keep up the great work!
We have also had some exciting events take place this year, starting with the election of the NAHRO National President and Sr. Vice President results. Congratulations to Preston Prince, President and Steve Merritt, Sr. Vice President. I wish them the very best in leading such a great organization.
The Housing America Campaign is reaching new heights as a campaign designed to educate the American public about the critical role safe, decent and affordable housing plays in all aspects of life – for individuals, families, children, young adults, seniors, persons with disabilities, and our veterans, as well as for our communities and the national economy. As an extension of Housing America, we have also now seen our west coast youth take the forefront with their artistic talent as they have participated in and placed in the “What Home Means to Me” poster contest. A big shout out to Housing Authority of the County of Alameda for winners in the 2013 and 2014 contest, and Madera for the 2013 contest. Let’s continue to support and encourage our youth.
In conclusion, it has truly been a pleasure being your president for the past two years. I will continue the work of NAHRO with an emphasis on Professional Development. It is absolutely vital that we ensure our staff is trained, and it is important that we utilize our own expertise to do so. I had the privilege of taking the High Performance Management Course, taught by Clif Martin, and I also sat in on the Public Housing Management Course, taught by Veronica Bukowski. Both were taught with excellence, and I was really impressed. Now I find it’s my mission to ensure that we represent ourselves as “NAHRO” and schedule more Professional Development trainings on the West Coast. Let’s do our best to grow within ourselves. Keep your eyes and minds open and be on the lookout for upcoming information from the Professional Development Committees of the NorCal/Nevada Chapter and the Pacific Southwest Regional Council.
Karen Wallace, President
Northern California-Nevada Chapter, NAHRO