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HALO announces Gai Lorenzen as Executive Director

posted Feb 3, 2017, 1:07 PM by Andrew Koetz   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 1:16 PM by Gai Lorenzen ]

The Board of Directors confirmed Gai Lorenzen as Executive Director for the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization at its May  meeting. She originally joined the organization on an interim basis in March following Kevin Cookman's resignation in February.

Ms. Lorenzen has been tasked with implementing the changes that were felt to be necessary to expand HALO's mission to include all persons experiencing homelessness in Racine County.  The expansion includes providing services to persons who are not yet willing or able to maintain sobriety as part of their journey to self-sufficiency and housing stability.  While the mission has expanded - accountability, self-sufficiency and  housing stability - continue to be at the core of HALO's program model. 

Ms. Lorenzen has over 20 years of experience working with persons experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, including victims of domestic abuse, in her work as an attorney with Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. She has been speaker and presenter on homeless and housing issues at the local, state and national level.  Much of her work involved developing policy. Including her work at Legal Action of Wisconsin, she was the president of the Continuum of Care for the City and County of Racine, U.A. for 8 years where she was a leader in community efforts to end homelessness and improve housing conditions.

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