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Morgan became the Executive Director in the spring of 2016. Previously she had served as the Development and Community Relations Director and led the coordination of signature fundraising events including the annual Run for Shelter 5K, and Tastes & Treasures. She continues to engage with the community, speaking with groups of all ages and affiliations, and helping to coordinate volunteer efforts. In addition, she supports the efforts of staff and clients in our programs to work toward long term solutions to housing challenges and crises in our community. Morgan also coordinates our First Time Homebuyers Program along with the Borough of State College. Please contact her with your questions about how to help, how to donate, and how Housing Transitions works.
Annette has been meeting needs and filling a number of different roles in Housing Transitions since 1997. She started in the Centre House shelter, and eventually moved behind the scenes to provide supervisory and program support to our staff. She took on more and more of the financial workings of the organization, and her attention to detail has made her adept and efficient at ensuring compliance with our grants. She is now the Program and Finance Manager and oversees all of our programs providing housing services for individuals and families having recently experienced a housing crisis.
Jan began working at Housing Transitions in the fall of 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. She fulfills an important role as the Finance Assistant and works closely with our executive and management staff. As a long time supporter and employee of various non-profit community partners, we are excited to have her expertise on board. (814) 237-4863
Catie Harpster started with Housing Transitions as the Centre House Case Manager in 2019. She was promoted to Centre House Manager in February 2020. As the Centre House Manager, she oversees the operations of our shelter, the only one in Centre County that is open 24/7 everyday to serve men, women, and children with their families. She provides supervision for the Centre House Case Manager as well as our night shift supervisors who ensure the shelter is professionally staffed at all hours.
As the Adult Services Case Manager, Jan helps people, from 18-59 years old, stay in their homes. A master at resource coordination, she assists people on an individual basis to address their unique needs. Often, her clients are challenged with illness or disability affecting their ability to maintain and care for their current homes. She coordinates in-home services to help with the upkeep of the homes provide non-medical care. She provides housing related case management unlike that of any other program in the county.
JoAnn joined our staff in the spring of 2017, after working for decades in the New York City area. She brings her expertise in a variety of housing programs to Central Pennsylvania and we are thrilled to have her join our team. JoAnn guides families and individuals who are experiencing homeless or at imminent risk to become homeless. She provides case management,resources referrals, budgeting assistance and goal setting to help people find more independent and sustainable housing solutions.
Tyler joined our staff as the Homeless Housing Services Coordinator in the fall of 2021. This is a new position allowing Housing Transitions to become a Coordinated Entry Access Site. This means that anyone experiencing homelessness in Pennsylvania can call Tyler directly at (814) 237-4865 to complete an assessment and be referred for services.
Mary started in October 2017 as the new Rapid Rehousing Case Manager. We were thrilled to receive funding from HUD to be able to offer this new service. Individuals and families who are literally homeless, meaning they have been sleeping in a place considered uninhabitable by humans, or in a shelter, who are approved for the program may receive security deposit, first month’s rent, and some assistance for a few more months to get into a new apartment. To qualify, those experiencing homeless should dial 2-1-1 or contact our Homeless Housing Services Coordinator at (814) 237-4865 to complete an assessment to determine their eligibility and be added to the Coordinated Entry Connect to Home By Name List.
Karl joined Housing Transitions in the winter of 2019 as a Supportive Services Coordinator. Since then he has taken on one night shift per week in our Centre House Shelter and has taken on the role of our Development and Community Relations Coordinator. In addition to coordinating outreach and volunteer opportunities, Karl will lead the way in creating new and fun events for all different demographics. Check our events page frequently to see what great opportunities we have to engage with our organization and help our clients. Karl will be happy to talk with your organization about ways to help Housing Transitions and our community!
Lexie has been providing Supportive Services to residents of a number of apartment complexes throughout Centre County since the fall of 2019. She helps assist residents apply for services, access resources, and hold community building events throughout the year.
Ginger has been with Housing Transitions since the fall of 2017. After filling a number of roles in the organization, she has taken Housing Counseling on full time and is responsible for our status as a HUD Certified Housing Counseling Agency as of the Spring of 2020. She offers housing counseling to residents of Centre County. Her services include pre and post purchase counseling and home buyer education for first time home buyers. She can also provide housing related counseling for renters, and foreclosure prevention counseling.
Susan has had a long term interest and involvement in facilitating affordable housing options in the Centre Region. For Housing Transitions, she managed the budget counseling and home buyer education program for our First-Time Home Buyers (FTHB) program for a number of years. She also provided post purchase budget counseling for any FTHB who has purchased a home through the Borough of State College programs. She is now offering all of these services in an official role as a HUD Certified Housing Counselor for The HOME Foundation, our sister organization. In addition, she serves as the Rehab Project Coordinator for the homes we buy, rehab, and sell to first time home buyers, and for the affordable apartment units we own and rent. Transitions.