MARC hires project manager to support Homelessness Task Force
The Mid-America Regional Council has secured funding from five area foundations and trusts to support its work on behalf of the Greater Kansas City Homelessness Task Force over the next two years. Funders include the John W. and Effie E. Speas Memorial Trust, Bank of America, Trustee; the H & R Block Foundation; the Hall Family Foundation; the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City; and the William T. Kemper Foundation.
The task force was established in 2009 to bring together nonprofit agencies, private business, local government, philanthropic organizations and others to work toward the elimination of homelessness in the region. The task force issued a report in June 2011, and MARC has provided support to the task force for the past year. The task force has developed an action agenda, which will be implemented by newly hired staff.
Jason Bohn begins work at MARC as the project manager for the task force on August 6. Bohn has more than a decade of experience working with children and family issues at the community and federal levels. Most recently, Bohn worked for the Administration for Children and Families Region VII office.
“We are very fortunate to have a professional of Jason Bohn’s caliber as our project manager,” said Marlene Nagel, MARC’s community development director. “His experience working with families on housing and other challenges and his proven ability in working with states and communities in designing programs to address the needs of children and families will help the Homelessness Task Force find effective solutions to end homelessness in the Kansas City metropolitan area.”
This spring, task force members elected Pat Pettey, a former Wyandotte County commissioner and member of the Wyandotte County Homeless Services Coalition, to serve as its new chair. She succeeds Charles German, an attorney with Rouse Hendricks German May. Valorie Carson, community planning director for United Community Services of Johnson County will continue to serve as vice-chair and George Harris, a psychologist in private practice, will continue to serve as secretary/treasurer.