Meet The ForKids Housing Team
Housing Program Manager
I have been with ForKids for over 12 years during which I have served exclusively on the housing team. I have served everywhere from Housing Specialist to Senior Housing Specialist to Housing Program Coordinator, and am thrilled to currently serve as the Housing Program Manager for our Rapid Re-Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing programs. Within my role, I work with our staff, clients, and landlords to develop and implement programs that support our mission in breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children. I enjoy receiving feedback on programs, supporting and developing housing staff, and seeing our programs work in the lives of our families every day. Outside of work, you will likely find me spending time with my husband, son, and bonus daughter and most likely that time is spent outdoors. We love the beach, our backyard, and really anywhere we can share a good meal together.
In August of 2017, I joined ForKids as I pursued my undergraduate degree in Human Services at Old Dominion University. I started as an Intake Specialist at the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline. As I reflect on the last four years, my time spent at the hotline has served me exceptionally well. Now fast forward, on May 15th, 2021, I completed my master’s in social work from the illustrious Norfolk State University. As passionate as I am about the mission of ForKids, I figured, what better way to spread my wings within the agency than through working to house individuals and families who are experiencing a housing crisis. I am elated about my new position as a housing specialist as I get to be the voice that our clients need. I am looking forward to making a significant impact on the life of families and lighting up their world.
Outside of work, you will more than likely catch me spending time with my family as I am very family oriented. I also love to listen to music because it always puts me in a great mood.
Housing Stabalization Specialist
I joined ForKids in 2021. My position allows me to work with families in Portsmouth to help them find housing. Once our families have stable housing, I support them in increasing their income and overcoming any barriers that they face through the year that we work together. I love working with our families and seeing the pride and relief when they reach a goal.
When I am not working, I love to be outside either camping or chasing after one of my three boys.
Housing Program Coordinator
I joined ForKids in August of 2019 working with our Rapid Rehousing clients, moved over to work specifically with our Permanent Supportive Housing clients, and now have the pleasure of representing ForKids at the service coordination committee in our region. I work to match incoming unhoused clients with programs that best meet their housing and service needs. I then send them out to our housing team to start their housing search. That's where you come in! I love working with our agency partners and landlords to create matches that keep our families housed long term. My wife and I and our dog Roo have lived in Norfolk for 5 years and I am always in search of a new restaurant with a good taco or burger to try. I would love to talk to you about your properties and see if any are a fit for our clients. Give me a call or shoot me an email and let’s get your units filled and our clients housed!
I joined ForKids in January of 2021 as an intern as I pursued my undergraduate degree in Human Services. By February I had officially joined the ForKids family as an Intake Specialist. I completed my undergraduate degree at Old Dominion University May of 2021. I moved on to the services team shortly after as a Services Assistant and my passion for assisting our families with housing grew. I officially came on as a Housing Specialist in July 2022. My time with my families looks like working on increasing income as well as housing. Our clients deserve fair housing, and I am so excited to be their advocate. Outside of the office, I like to stay active playing basketball or riding my skateboard.
I am Jennifer Eren. I have been a part of the ForKids family since 2019. Since that time, I have served in the capacity of Senior Intake Specialist for the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline. This frontline experience provided me with the opportunity to hear many stories around the need for affordable and safe housing in Hampton Roads. I am a Housing Specialist today because I believe that all families and children deserve just that. Through my work, I wish to advocate for marginalized families and children because housing is a right, not a privilege. I look forward to building and sustaining relationships with community partners and landlords to aide families out of poverty.
Currently, I am working on a degree in Human Services so much of my free time includes research and lots of coffee.
Housing Stabalization Specialist
I joined the For Kids family back in 2019 as an Intake Specialist with the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline. I was also working part-time at Portsmouth Family Shelter in Portsmouth as well. I can say that I have grown tremendously in my profession and gained first-hand experiences working with families in need in the Chesapeake area. In my profession, I work to house low-income families in Chesapeake, goal plan with them for 6-12 months to increase their income and prepare them to be successfully self-sufficient upon exit of the program. I love that I have built such great relationships with both families as well as landlords. Working on the economic mobility team has shaped me to be well equipped for whatever obstacles that come my way while working to house my clients. Outside of working, I like to travel, try new restaurants, and binge watch on Netflix.
Supportive Housing Specialist
I became a part of ForKids in March of 2022. I am passionate about helping families succeed—something I get to do with every family I help house at ForKids. I’m currently pursuing my bachelor’s degree in human services from Old Dominion University, and I’m excited to bring what I learn in the classroom into my work at ForKids. Outside of work, I spend time hiking through Virginia’s state parks with my sister, practicing bread making, or reading a good book.
Supportive Housing Specialist
I joined ForKids as an intern in January 2022, while completing my Bachelor’s degree in Human Services at ODU. In April 2022, I transitioned from an intern to the Supportive Housing Specialist position and work with clients in our Permanent Supportive Housing program. I enjoy collaborating with Landlords and clients to provide stable housing for our families. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and our 3 dogs, going to the beach, and listening to music.
I joined the For Kids Western Tidewater team in the fall of 2019 as a Services Assistant for but quickly got promoted to the Prevention side of services where I saw the positive impact housing our families made. A year later I transitioned into a family case manager, working closely with shelter clients and permanent- supportive housing clients. I learned the processes for helping families become stably housed which then led me to joining the housing team. I enjoy working closely with clients to ensure affordable housing is secured by developing relationships with current and potential landlords by harvesting connections and creating lasting effects within our community. I have seen the ins and outs of the housing process and enjoy the outcome of seeing a family turn a house into a home.