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Position
National Policy and Partnerships Coordinator/Assistant Director
Company
SAMHSA SOAR TA Center at Policy Research Associates, Inc.
Location
Southern Pines NC UNITED STATES
Bio

Jen Elder is the Assistant Director and National Policy and Partnerships Coordinator for the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center at Policy Research Associates (PRA) and has over 12 years of experience in policy development and implementation in the homelessness sector. Ms. Elder works with federal partners to incorporate income stability strategies into national policies to end homelessness, focusing on increasing access to Social Security disability benefits for individuals who have disabling conditions. She provides technical assistance related to combining mainstream benefits with housing and employment to numerous VHA Homeless Programs and community based organizations. Ms. Elder’s previous experience includes coordinating street outreach and shelter services for chronically homeless individuals in Nashville, TN and London, UK, as well as developing organizational policy and training guidelines for emergency shelter staff.