Homes for Families is pleased to share the news that Jane Banks has been appointed as the new Assistant Undersecretary for the Division of Stabilization at the Department of Housing and Community Development. The announcement below was sent to family shelter providers on 7/7/17:
I am excited to formally announce that Jane Banks will be joining the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) as the new Assistant Undersecretary for the Division of Housing Stabilization. Jane is coming to us from the Center for Human Development in Springfield where she worked for nearly twenty years. While there she held leadership roles with oversight of an array of multi-services programs serving families, children and individuals. She has managed a number of programs including: one of the Commonwealths largest EA shelter programs with shelter capacity of 297 families within their portfolio, HUD funded Supportive Housing Programs, Community Housing Supportive Program for families and individuals in Northampton, a Single Room Occupancy Program, and an very successful EA diversion program.
We are excited to be able to draw on Jane’s extensive experience in management and supervision, program development as well as her deep understanding of housing and homelessness, ranging from emergency shelters to permanent supportive housing
I know you will be as thrilled as I am that Jane has accepted the Assistant Undersecretary position. She will be transitioning into her new role on July 31st.
Please anticipate that Jane will be reaching out to you all, once she arrives at DHCD.
Division of Housing Stabilization
Jane has been an active member of Homes for Families while in her roles at the Center for Human Development. We have long noted her commitment to the inclusion of the family voice, unifying providers, collaboration, and innovation. Her energy, commitment to the work, and positive attitude are inspiring and contagious. These qualities will make her an exceptional leader at DHCD and guide the system through further progress and advancement in addressing homelessness in the Commonwealth. We thank Jane for her outstanding work at CHD; we thank her for her role in strengthening the work of Homes for Families, including the growth of our Annual Visioning Day event; and we thank her for stepping up and taking on this new role; her perspective as a shelter and service provider will be an asset to the Department. We urge the family homelessness community to welcome Jane and commit to partnering with her so that together we can continue to build on the strengths of families, shelter providers, and the community to end homelessness once and for all.