Independent Living welcomes new program specialist to assist homeless population

Posted 22 May 2023 at 11:08 am

Press Release, Independent Living of the Genesee Region

BATAVIA – Independent Living of the Genesee Region is pleased that Caitlyn Allen has joined their team in the role of Homeless Alliance of Western New York Program Specialist.  In this position, she will coordinate the Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming (GOW) Continuum of Care and maximize community participation

Caitlyn Allen

Previously, Allen worked as a Crisis Services Advocate and Lead Rape Crisis Advocate at YWCA of the Niagara Frontier in Lockport; Property Manager at Yaze Properties LLC in Middleport; Activities Director and Social Work Assistant at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia; and as a Scale Operator at Shelby Crushed Stone in Medina.

In addition to conducting monthly Continuum of Care meetings in the GOW counties, Allen will augment the Homeless Management Information System database for service providers; analyze data from HMIS to guide GOW housing programs, create reports and contribute to COC housing grant writing.

She will regularly work with Homeless Alliance to help coordinate services and comply with Housing and Urban Development  expectations, as well as meeting with warming shelters, schools, jails, hospitals, employment providers, mental health providers, or other organizations and providing resource information to their direct service staff.

Allen will network with landlords to educate and engage their participation in housing programs; and generally, increase homeless services, including prevention, shelter and permanent housing.

ILGR is delighted that Caitlyn Allen is bringing her range of experience to serve the GOW region in her new position.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.