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Housing Connect Fund

Housing Connect Fund seeks to enhance the affordable housing opportunities offered by Housing Connect by ensuring residents are connected with programs and supportive services that enrich lives and anchor thriving communities.

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Housing Connect established the 501(c)(3) Housing Connect Fund to fundraise for the service needs of its residents at a time when many traditional sources of funding are being reduced. While traditional federal funding for rental assistance is received and operated by Housing Connect, the Housing Connect Fund is where additional innovation happens. The two organizations partner to provide a robust menu of resident services in order to increase resident stability and promote self-sufficiency.

Housing Connect believes that affordable housing is the foundation for success for low-income families, and that parents who are stably housed are better positioned to establish a strong home base where their family will thrive.

We accomplish our mission by establishing partnerships to anchor critical supportive services.  If you are interested in learning more about the work of Housing Connect Fund please contact Zach Bale <zbale@housingconnect.org>

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Housing Connect Fund Board Meeting Schedule

Thursday May 26th @ 4 PM MST

Thursday July 28th @ 4 PM MST

Thursday September 22nd @ 4 PM MST

If you are interesting in attending a Housing Connect Fund board meeting, please contact Braidee Kolendrianos at braidee@housingconnect.org

Janice Kimball, Chief Executive Officer
Janice Kimball, Chief Executive Officer
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Janice leads the agency with the core belief that housing is the great equalizer. Without a safe place to call home, nothing else can happen. Janice became CEO following 12 years overseeing property management, rent assistance and supportive services for the Housing Connect. She holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Utah.

Mike Kienast, Chief Operating Officer
Mike Kienast, Chief Operating Officer
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Mike believes that every person is valuable. Through leadership, experience, and team-building his goal is to always provide superior, caring service to our residents, team members, vendors and the community at large. Mike has 25+ years of multifamily experience and is a licensed Utah Principal Broker. He received a Bachelors in Aeronautical Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Andre Bartlome, Chief Financial Officer
Andre Bartlome, Chief Financial Officer
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Andre oversees the Human Resources, Information Technology, and Accounting and Budgeting functions of Housing Connect. He has been in this position since 2003 and has over 20 years of experience in the accounting field. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Zach Bale, Chief Program Officer
Zach Bale, Chief Program Officer
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Zach is passionate about assessing and structuring solutions to complex community needs. He oversees Housing Connect Fund, Resident Services and Supportive Housing efforts to ensure a holistic approach to housing and services. Zach is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15+ years of experience in human services, fundraising, program evaluation, consultation, and leadership development. He holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah.

Kirk Moorhead, Real Estate Development Director
Kirk Moorhead, Real Estate Development Director
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Kirk is involved with all aspects of housing development, from inception to construction completion. Kirk especially enjoys seeing the results of deals, whether they be from their impact on residents’ lives, or how the developments positively affect the built environment of the surrounding community. Before coming to Housing Connect, Kirk worked in affordable housing development in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul area for over 24 years, creating or preserving about 1500 units of housing; prior to that, he worked as a community organizer and completed undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Anthropology and a graduate degree in English Education.

Jeanette Hernandez, Director of Property Management
Jeanette Hernandez, Director of Property Management
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Jeanette believes in the need to develop housing opportunities for those who need it most. Jeanette has 23 years of experience in property management. She has managed and supervised property staff and compliance departments with Rural Development, Low Income Housing Tax Credit, HOME, and Section 811 funding. She has been instrumental in the success of nine multi-funded lease-ups ranging from 40 to 160 units, including new development and LIHTC acquisition rehab. Jeanette is a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP).

Ilez Brady, HCV Director
Ilez Brady, HCV Director
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Ilez Brady has been with Housing Connect since 2010. She started in the Public Housing Department and now oversees the Housing Choice Voucher program. Her professional certifications include Public Housing Manager, Rent Calculation Specialist and HCV Program Manager. Ilez is bilingual and is passionate in customer service and strongly supports our missions and values.

Lori Pacheco, Public Housing Director
Lori Pacheco, Public Housing Director
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Lori is passionate about public service and is a true people person. Lori has been with Housing Connect since 1994 and currently oversees the management and maintenance of Housing Connect’s Public Housing communities. Her professional certifications include Public Housing Manager, Public Housing Executive Management, Section 8 Manager and Housing Credit Professional. Lori also holds a Utah real estate License.

Krysta Niemczyk, Grant Programs Director
Krysta Niemczyk, Grant Programs Director
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Krysta is driven by her passion to find efficient processes to ensure Housing Connect’s valuable housing resources can be maximized. Krysta oversees all supportive housing and resident services administration grant functions, including data and compliance. Krysta has worked at Housing Connect since 2010. Krysta is a certified Project Management Professional.

Paul Rooker, HR Director
Paul Rooker, HR Director
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Paul serves at Human Resources Director for Housing Connect. He has a diverse human resources background including public and private sector employers in a variety of industries. His background in HR and business management has given him the ability to look at complex situations from both a human resources perspectives, as well as an operations perspective. As a result, Paul has developed a unique adaptability and is able find solutions to problems quickly. Paul’s HR background includes experience in benefits management, employee development, employee relations, recruiting, and compliance. He received his BS in Business Administration from UNLV.

Jarin Blackham, IT Director
Jarin Blackham, IT Director
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Jarin joined Housing Connect in 2019. He is a dependable and detail-oriented technologist, skilled in network and system administration, security and IT leadership. His role includes driving the technology needs of the organization to provide effective housing assistance in a fiscally responsible way. Jarin likes finding creative ways to explain technology and enjoys providing good customer service. He has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry with 16 of those years in public service organizations. He earned a Bachelors degree in Information Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

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