Homelessness Board begins search for new executive directorWritten by Brian Bohnert | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Amid new federal regulations for area homeless shelters, the Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board has started a search committee to replace its current director.
Deb Conklin, executive director of TLCHB, said she met with the board last year and discussed the development of a succession plan for when she was ready to depart from the position.
“This has been in the works for a year,” Conklin said. “When I came in, it was understood that I was not going to be there forever.”
Conklin was hired in 2005 under a contract that called for “half-time” work. As new legislation was presented and responsibilities grew, she said the demand of the position began overwhelming her full-time job as pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Bowling Green.
“How long does an organization pay a full-time person for a half-time salary?” she said. “The work of the board requires a lot. Leading our community to end homelessness means being there full time. It means that crazy kind of full time where you work 60 to 70 hours a week.”
The search committee is in charge of finding the best available candidate to take over the executive director position once Conklin retires. The committee is being led by Joe Tafelski, executive director of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE). Margaret Miracola, director of Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority and member of TLCHB is also on the committee, among others.
Paul Tecpanecatl, TLCHB president, said the decision to replace Conklin does not represent the work she has done on the board.
“Deb’s done great work but we’ve been burdening her with a lot of full-time work,” Tecpanecatl said. “She’s very dedicated to ending homelessness, but she’s been burning the candle at both ends.”
TLCHB has taken this opportunity to revise the position by evaluating funding and developing an up-to-date job description. Tecpanecatl said the new director must be dedicated to helping the board administer new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations for the new Continuum of Care program developed under the HEARTH Act.
These new regulations include emergency homeless prevention programs and rapid rehousing, among others, Tecpanecatl said. These regulations were enacted by Congress in June
While there is no current timetable set for the process, Tecpanecatl said the idea is to have everything completed by the end of the first quarter of next year.
“We’re looking at the financial resources and the new requirements of the Continuum of Care (CoC) legislation. We’re also going to take a look at what other communities are doing,” Tecpanecatl said. “We want to do this right.”
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