Boulder County Housing and Human Services Director Frank Alexander resigns

Adam West / June 08,2020

Boulder County Housing and Human Providers Director Frank Alexander is resigning from that submit efficient someday in July, county officers introduced Tuesday.

Boulder County Housing and Human Services Director Frank Alexander resignsBoulder County officers introduced Tuesday that Division of Housing and Human Providers Director Frank Alexander is resigning to hitch Casey Household Packages because the Managing Director of Judicial and Nationwide Engagements inside Programs Enchancment.(Boulder County)

Alexander, who has been on Boulder County’s employees for practically 22 years, has headed the Housing and Human Providers Division for about 12 years, overseeing the merger of the county’s former Housing and Social Providers departments into an built-in human providers company, which county officers mentioned was the primary authorities company within the nation to take action.

Boulder County mentioned in a information launch that Alexander shall be becoming a member of Casey Household Packages, the place he’ll lead that nationwide basis’s effort to develop a 21st Century little one well-being system that develops revolutionary partnerships to cut back little one maltreatment by proactive prevention-based outreach and helps.

“Boulder County has benefited significantly from Frank’s 22 years of expertise, experience, and true ardour for serving to youngsters and households thrive in our group,” Deb Gardner, chair of the Board of County Commissioners, mentioned in an announcement.

“Whereas it’s laborious to lose somebody in our group as excellent as Frank, we all know he’ll excel in persevering with to steer public coverage within the path of offering the best doable stability to households and people in want,” Gardner mentioned.

Housing and Human Providers Division spokesman Jim Williams mentioned in an electronic mail that the 52-year-old Alexander joined the Boulder County employees in July 1998, the place he was elder rights coordinator with the Space Company on Getting old till March 2004. He was director of the then-Boulder County Social Providers Division from April 2004 to January 2009. He  grew to become director of Boulder County Housing and Human Providers in 2009 after main the merger of the Housing and Human Providers departments.

Boulder County officers mentioned the 12 years Alexander headed the Housing and Human Providers Division have included that division’s responses to the 2008 financial downturn, the 2010 Fourmile Fireplace, the 2013 flood and subsequent restoration, and most not too long ago, the county’s and his division’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a part of its response to the pandemic, the division has acquired and answered greater than 32,000 textual content messages, 2,700 voicemails and 1,500 emails; has seen a sustained tripling in functions for helps and providers; and has launched a Housing Helpline, a centralized bilingual group s web page for COVID-19, in addition to a focused assist marketing campaign for anticipating dad and mom and new dad and mom with youngsters underneath the age of 1, officers mentioned.

The division’s coronavirus responses have additionally leveraged group partnerships, inner s, and voucher applications to supply emergency rental help and extra inexpensive housing s to forestall housing dislocation in the course of the pandemic, officers mentioned.

Alexander mentioned in a Tuesday afternoon interview that “it’s been an honor to work with so many dedicated folks” in county authorities, different native governments and nonprofit businesses offering housing and human providers to Boulder County residents and serving to these residents reply to crises and disasters together with ongoing wants.

Such help “can’t be finished by anybody company, and definitely not by Boulder County alone,” he mentioned.

Within the county’s information launch, Alexander mentioned, “The COVID-19 pandemic has strengthened all the things that I imagine in and that we at Boulder County Housing and Human Providers stand for: the inescapable want for sturdy group partnerships; built-in programs of care throughout public well being, housing, and human providers; broad and accessible inexpensive housing; sturdy social determinants of well being focus; main prevention in each space of life; early childhood helps; social and financial justice; and the need of sturdy, thriving households and communities.”

“The COVID-19 disaster has highlighted and underlined the essential significance of evolving coverage and follow collectively and equitably with a view to rework our communities throughout the nation for the higher, for the well-being of each household, little one, youth, and grownup. I look ahead to persevering with this work beside our group, in a brand new function,” he mentioned.

County officers mentioned of their information launch that underneath Alexander’s management, the Division of Housing and Human Providers has advanced right into a 500-person providers supply group “centered on supporting entire households and people by proactively and concurrently serving a number of generations with the total vary of providers and helps they want.”

Over a mean 12 months throughout typical instances — when the county hasn’t been within the midst of helping residents with with their wants within the wake of a illness pandemic, floods, wildfires and recessions — the Housing and Human Providers Division “serves greater than 90,000 distinct shoppers with a variety of wrap-around providers, together with meals, housing, well being protection, little one care, security, schooling and ability constructing, parenting helps, providers for older adults, and rather more,” county officers mentioned.

Officers mentioned Boulder County will launch a nationwide seek for the Housing and Human Providers Division director’s place within the months forward. Alexander mentioned he expects to formally step down from his county place by mid-July.

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