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

The Charitable Foundation of the Islands recently chose Community Housing and Resources, Inc. as a recipient of a capacity building grant. 

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

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

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 benefited 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,” said 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.” 

Funding from CFI is so appreciated. It allows CHR to offer professional training opportunities to help our staff stay abreast of best practices and hot topics in the affordable housing industry.
— Kelly Collini, Executive Director, CHR

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,” said 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.” 

About CHR

Community Housing and Resources, Inc. (CHR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable housing for families and individuals working full-time on Sanibel as well as long-time retired or disabled residents of Sanibel. For more information, visit SanibelCHR.org, or call 239.472.1189.

Published September 21, 2016 by the Santiva Chronicle