Atlanta, GA (July 11, 2018) – Living Room has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Jerome Brooks as the Executive Director effective July 16, 2018.
In a statement about the organization’s new hire, Board Chair Alex Ortiz stated:
“I am confident that Jerome will be able to build on the excellent work done by our outgoing Executive Director, Angela Susten. We are excited to work with Jerome to continue to expand our programs, develop our wonderful staff, bring in new sources of funding and make sure that Living Room is the leader for Atlanta and the state of Georgia for housing services for people living with HIV.”
Brooks comes from Portland, Oregon where he most recently served as the Executive Director of Housing Oregon, a statewide association of 75 organizations, businesses, and agencies that ensure all Oregonians have a healthy and stable place to live. Prior to that, he managed housing funds and entitlement grants for the Portland Metro area as a Housing Program Coordinator for the Portland Housing Bureau. This work included serving as the Ryan White/Housing Opportunities for People with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) Continuum of Care Contract Administrator.
With a clear passion for housing, his work history highlights a breadth of advocacy-, program-, and policy-based experiences that generated opportunities for communities to leverage high impact and meaningful housing solutions and initiatives. Brooks’ leadership in housing will play a crucial role in Living Room’s future and strategic position. In his own words:
“There has never been a more important time to work at the intersection of health and housing. Housing is a human right and access to quality healthcare is essential to living one’s best life. I am both excited and honored to lead an organization that has been on the frontline of the fight against housing instability and HIV/AIDS for nearly 25 years. I look forward to joining a group of talented, accomplished regional leaders in creating innovative collaborations that will one day end the socioeconomic epidemic of homelessness and lack of access to care.”
About Living Room: Living Room works to ensure stable housing and improved health through housing support for people living with HIV/AIDS. Serving as Atlanta’s centralized intake and housing information and referral agency, Living Room helps over 1,700 individuals and families each year. Living Room is Georgia’s largest facilitator of emergency and transitional housing for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Living Room began in 1995, as a part of Trinity Community Ministries, to assist people living with HIV/AIDS find stable, affordable housing, and became an independent 501(c)(3) organization in 1999. Living Room serves both the 29-county Atlanta metropolitan area and 11 counties in rural Northwest Georgia region surrounding Rome and Dalton. Over 90% of Living Room’s clients are defined as “extremely low income,” so finding and maintaining affordable housing is essential to preventing homelessness. Recognizing housing as a fundamental right and key component of living with dignity, Living Room works to enable individuals and their families to find and maintain affordable housing.