USICH is pleased to announce its new regional field staff team. The agency welcomes four new regional homeless coordinators: Michael DeVos, Matthew Doherty, Beverley Ebersold, and Amy Sawyer.
USICH’s regional homeless coordinators serve as principal representatives and points of contact for USICH in the field. These coordinators play instrumental roles in encouraging State and local coordination to achieve the four goals in Opening Doors. The regional coordinators will engage local and state officials, as well as other community stakeholders to apply proven strategic practices, maximize resources, and advance full implementation of Opening Doors’ strategies to reach national and community goals of preventing and ending homelessness. USICH’s regional coordinators are building upon the work by their predecessors in communities across the country.
Michael DeVos has spent his career in affordable housing and homelessness, including as Executive Director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. He is based in New Bedford, MA and will cover the Northeast and South Central region.
Matthew Doherty has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, focused on the creation of housing, services programs, and economic opportunities for disadvantaged communities and households. Matthew will join USICH on May 29th and will be based in San Diego and cover California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii.
Beverley Ebersold comes to USICH from the Corporation for Supportive Housing where she has played a key role in building the capacity within Detroit and the state of Michigan to end homelessness. Beverley is based in Detroit and will cover the Upper Midwest and Northwest regions.
Amy Sawyer joins the Council from Asheville, NC, where she coordinated work that led to dramatic reductions in chronic homelessness and instituting successful homelessness prevention strategies for all populations. Amy will cover the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
Laura Zeilinger will continue in her role as Director of National Programs and Field Support, while also covering New York and New Jersey.