VEAP is eager to announce this month’s staff spotlight, Katie Blood. Katie is one of VEAP’s Bilingual Housing Specialists (Spanish/English), in the Social Services Department.
In her role as a Bilingual Housing Specialist, Katie works to support both English and Spanish speaking participants in the VEAP community who are experiencing housing instability, especially those who are struggling to pay their rent or those who can’t pay their rent at all. To support participants best, Katie refers them to the state rental assistance program, and to other resources available to them. In order to do this, Katie and the other housing specialists stay informed on the qualifications participants need to meet in order to access these resources and programs.
Due to COVID-19, the Social Services Department has largely moved to assisting participants with their applications to the state housing program, RentHelpMN, to make sure they are eligible and have the correct documentation. Most of Katie and the other Housing Specialists’ days are filled with phone and email communications with participants regarding the program. VEAP is grateful for the connection the Social Services Department makes with participants!
Katie loves working in an environment that seeks to be better:
VEAP evaluates itself consistently and tries to adjust the opportunities to grow and improve as an organization. I like that VEAP tries to match our programming to what the needs of the community are.
VEAP is happy to have such a devoted Bilingual Housing Specialist on our team to help participants with housing an other requests. Thank you, Katie!