Meet The ForKids Housing Team
Housing Program Coordinator
I have been with ForKids for over a decade during which I have served as the Senior Housing Specialist and now have settled into my role as the Housing Program Coordinator where I spend more time “behind the scenes” in serving our families. I help coordinate programming for clients and many other things to keep our housing programs running smoothly. I am the voice on the other end of the phone when you fill out our landlord interest form. I look forward to speaking to property owners and managers who are interested in working with our agency and absolutely love when connections are made between our clients and our wonderful landlords! My main hobbies include chasing my toddler around while seeking adventures and spending time at home with my husband, son, and bonus daughter.
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.
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.
Supportive Housing Specialist
I joined ForKids in August of 2019 working with Rapid Rehousing and now specifically with our Permanent Supportive Housing program. I love working with our families and landlord partners 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 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.
I came to Forkids in August 2021, a few years after graduating from Old Dominion University. I received my Bachelor’s degree with a major in Human Services, and a minor in Psychology. I started as an Intake Specialist at the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline. That frontline experience prepared me for my future here at ForKids. I then quickly transitioned to a Housing Specialist. I am passionate about being an ally for families who are struggling to find safe and adequate housing. I love being able to match families with the perfect landlord. When I am not working, I enjoy hanging out with friends and indulging in self-care!
I have been the Housing Specialist at ForKids’ Suffolk office since 2019 and I have enjoyed helping our families find stable housing. There is an overwhelming feeling of joy and purpose when I witness a family move into a place that they can call home, especially after they have faced homelessness. However, I credit the landlords, real estate agencies, and property managers for providing affordable housing and helping to end the cycle of homelessness for our families. These leaders are truly the heroes in our community! They have shown their loyalty and commitment to change lives for the better, all while making ForKids’ vision and mission a reality.
In my spare time, I enjoy movies, music, watching basketball and I am a diehard Lakers fan. I am also a proud graduate of Old Dominion University- go Monarchs!
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.