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Council for Homeless announces new leader

By Dylan Jefferies, Columbian staff writer
Published: August 13, 2022, 5:14am

Council for the Homeless announced its new executive director Friday.

Sesany Fennie-Jones will join the organization in late September after she relocates from Minneapolis. Prior to joining Council for the Homeless, Fennie-Jones headed Haven Housing, a Minneapolis-based organization that provides emergency shelter and supportive housing to women and children.

When Fennie-Jones arrives at Council for the Homeless, her focus will be on leading the agency in preventing and ending homelessness in Clark County. She is a collaborative and passionate leader who brings key stakeholders together to improve outcomes of historically marginalized populations, according to a news release.

“We must continue to help each individual and family resolve their homelessness in the wake of the pandemic, and amidst high rents and low rental vacancy rates,” Fennie-Jones said. “I look forward to working with staff, volunteers, partners and community members to further the mission of Council for the Homeless and advance communitywide efforts to prevent and end homelessness.”

Kate Budd, Council for the Homeless’ outgoing executive director, announced her departure in October of2021. She held the position for five years. She will assume a new role in Lane County, Ore., and work in its health and human services department with homeless and community action programs.