1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1610, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Frances Hess

Housing Action VISTA

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About The VISTA Position:

With 42,000 Philadelphia residents being housing-burdened, spending more than 50% of their income on housing, the project will focus on the implementation of the Housing Action Plan (HAP) and especially options for very-low income Philadelphians who earn 30% or less of Area Median Income (AMI) which is $26,300 for a 4-person family. The VISTA will research programs and practices that stabilize this population in housing which is an indicator for successful outcomes in behavioral /physical health and employment. The project will consider the programs, practices, models and funding for creative housing solutions resulting in success for the resident, and the community.

Frances recently graduated from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, receiving a joint M.B.A/M.A. in International Policy and Development. Over the past few years, Frances has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors focusing on expanding social impact in a sustainable manner. The organizations she worked with championed a range of causes including financial inclusion, social justice, and healthcare. Frances is excited to move to Philadelphia and start her work with the Department of Health and Human Services.

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