“We were very honored to have Dr. Robert Marbut and U.S. Air Force Major Donald Williams Jr. visit Glendora House. Dr. Marbut is the Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and Major Williams is a White House Fellows Program for 2019-2020.”, stated Jeff Wilhite, Family Promise's Executive Director.
The U.S. Interagency on Homelessness (USICH) coordinates and catalyzes the federal response to homelessness, working in close partnership with senior leaders across our 19 federal member agencies.
USICH was originally authorized by Congress through Title II of the landmark Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 to serve as an independent establishment within the executive branch of the government. They organize and support leaders such as Governors, Mayors, Continuum of Care leaders and other local officials to drive action to achieve the goals of the federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, and ensure that homelessness in America is ended once and for all. The agency was recently reauthorized by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition (HEARTH) Act of 2009.
Dr. Marbut commented, “Glendora House is an outstanding example of collaboration between many groups and organizations. This building will serve the community well.”
Joining in the tour was Family Promise of Summit County Board Chair Jim Strang and Case Manager Erica Ward Cherry. Erica explained the program and how we are serving families from the building going forward. “Glendora House has been very valuable in allowing Family Promise to continue serving families during the COVID-19 Rotation Model shutdown.”, said Erica.
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