Charitable Foundation of the Islands Grant Provides Continuing Education for CHR Employees

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The Charitable Foundation of the Islands recently chose Community Housing and Resources, Inc. (CHR) as a recipient of a capacity building grant. In addition to providing valuable funding for maintenance and upkeep on CHR’s properties, these funds have also afforded two CHR employees the opportunity to attend the 2016 Florida Housing Coalition Conference in Orlando. The FHC Conference is the premier statewide affordable housing training event which attracts more than 700 affordable housing advocates, lenders, developers, administrators and policy makers.
CHR’s Housing Administrator and Office Assistant, who together oversee 74 rental properties and handle all applications, rent collection, resident issues and housing policies, greatly benefitted from the educational opportunities offered at the FHC Conference and look forward to being able to better serve CHR residents as a result. “I am currently working on implementing some very important policies and really enjoyed networking with other housing veterans and policy makers, discussing strategies and gaining insight from their personal success stories,” shares Nicolle Mastroianni, CHR’s Housing Administrator. “I was particularly interested in one of the workshops on Housing for Elders and Individuals with Special Needs as it directly relates to our aging population on Sanibel. I left this conference equipped with new ideas and techniques in formulating a better system to achieve our program goals.” The conference also offered sessions on fair housing practices, funding strategies for affordable housing and housing individuals with developmental disabilities. “Funding from CFI is so appreciated,” says Kelly Collini, CHR Executive Director. “It allows CHR to offer professional training opportunities to help staff stay abreast of best practices and hot topics in the affordable housing industry.”

CHR’s Office Assistant Helen Jedel (left) and Housing Administrator Nicolle Mastroianni attended the 2016 Florida Housing Coalition Conference in Orlando.

CHR’s Office Assistant Helen Jedel (left) and Housing Administrator Nicolle Mastroianni attended the 2016 Florida Housing Coalition Conference in Orlando.