Former Harford Community Action Agency case worker has extensive experience in helping families achieve financial independence.
The Havre de Grace Housing Authority (HDGHA) announces Ellen Kunzelman has joined the staff as coordinator of the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program effective January 1. The goal of the FSS program is to help low-income families reduce their need for subsidized programs and services.
In her new role, Kunzelman will recruit participants for the FSS program, assess their needs and eligibility, develop individual service plans, oversee coordination of services and monitor progress towards economic self-sufficiency. She will also contract with private and public community agencies to provide needed services.
In her previous position as a financial case worker at the Harford Community Action Agency, Kunzelman worked one-on-one with families to gain financial independence through budgeting and credit repair with the goal of homeownership. Prior to that, she served as the food pantry coordinator of the JCC of the Greater Five Towns in Cedarhurst, New York. A graduate of Brooklyn College, she holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and early education and is a certified financial social work educator and coach. Kunzelman is also certified in mental health first aid.
Of her new role with HDGHA, Kunzelman says, “I am passionate about helping low income families overcome financial hardships and achieve financial independence. I am very pleased to join the HDGHA team and put my experience to use to help FSS program participants.”
HDGHA Executive Director Nicki Biggs says, “Ellen’s dedication to our mission, combined with her experience and skills, will enable HDGHA to help even more families and individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency. She will be a very positive addition to our team and to the community at large.”
About The Havre de Grace Housing Authority (HDGHA) http://hdgha.org/
The Havre de Grace Housing Authority (HDGHA) at Somerset Manor was established in the 1970s to provide affordable housing for low to moderate income families in Harford County, Maryland. Since its inception, the organization has served nearly 1,500 families. The HDGHA is the only public housing facility in Harford County, and consists of 50 single family townhomes and 10 elderly/disabled townhomes. The community offers a range of programs specifically for low income, homeless, disabled, children and the elderly as part of its mission to move them towards financial self-sufficiency.