Housing for New Hope has hired Gretchen Senez of Troy, N.Y., as its new executive director, effective Oct. 1.
She succeeds founding director Terry Allebaugh, who retired at the end of May.
“I am thrilled,” Senez said. “My commitment to end and prevent homelessness drives my desire to champion services that are providing valuable outcomes.”
The Durham nonprofit Housing for New Hope provides housing, health care and referral services for homeless persons and those in danger of losing their housing.
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For the past 15 years, Senez has worked at Unity House, a nonprofit social-service agency, most recently as its deputy CEO.
According to Housing for New Hope’s Thursday announcement, at Unity House she designed and led programs to connect chronically homeless individuals with comprehensive support services and long-term housing.
Senez also worked with a consortium of agencies in designing medical, domestic violence and mental health services.
“Gretchen skillfully took that agency to the next level, a capability we sought in our search process.” said Adrian Brown, chairman of the Housing for New Hope board, in a prepared statement
“Having successfully navigated an agency with a budget ten times larger than ours and a staff of 350, we are anticipating great things under her leadership,” Brown said.