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PHA announced two organizational changes that will enhance its support services for residents transitioning from homelessness and those living in the Agency's newly rehabilitated and reconstructed housing, with the addition of a Director of Resident Services and the expansion of Homeless Transition Services.
Latoya Hunder has been promoted to the newly-created position of Director of Resident Services. In this role, she will oversee all of PHA's resident services and lead a a growing team of Resident Services Coordinators who work directly with residents to provide a range of support services, from education to employment training. Previously, Ms. Hunder was the Resident Transition Specialist, working with residents being relocated in advance of PHA's major property rehabilitation and reconstruction projects. She holds a MBA as well as an undergraduate degree in Sociology. Prior to joining PHA, Latoya worked in human services as a supervisor of case management, and has experience working with very diverse populations from all walks of life and in many challenging situations in their lives.
Rob Parritt III has been hired to fill Latoya Hunder's previous position as the new Resident Transition and Stability Specialist. An experienced advocate for those experiencing homelessness, Mr. Parritt is the former Shelter Director of the City of Portland's Oxford Street Shelter, where he developed a cutting-edge housing program recognized as one of the most innovative in the country by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. More recently, he was the City of Portland's Homeless Services Consultant, where he represented the City in neighborhood engagements regarding the location change of the Oxford Street Shelter. He brings invaluable experience and relationships with the local community to PHA, which will be assets to the Agency on the new renovation projects with homeless set-aside requirements. In his new role, Rob will address the dual challenges of helping residents relocate and achieve stability as they transition from homelessness. "Welcoming Rob to not only fill Latoya's position, but expand the position to support residents transitioning from homelessness, makes it a win-win for the housing authority," said Cheryl A. Sessions, Executive Director for PHA.
As part of the 2015 Strategic Vision Plan and the 2020-2024 5-Year Plan, PHA has undertaken a bold and ambitious task of repositioning its entire portfolio of housing. As it does so, PHA plans to add hundreds of units to the City's housing stock to house Portland's most in need and those experiencing homelessness. The position of Director of Resident Services is a critical step in achieving this goal, and as such, will be an important asset to the Agency, its residents, and the citizens of Portland, Maine.