Vice President of Development
Kirsten Elliott has 14 successful years of experience as an administrator of project and program development creating affordable housing for people in need.
She is a passionate advocate for sustainable inclusive communities with a vast knowledge of disability issues and seasoned in affordable real estate development. Kirsten is accomplished at securing permanent solutions through proven strategies of homeless prevention, while being responsive to the changing needs of the community.
Her expertise has provided the opportunity for disenfranchised members of society to attain the dream of living in homes of their choice, in communities of their choice.
Kirsten is a committed, experienced, non-profit administrator of a federally funded community development organization. Her nonprofit management leadership experience extends through a diverse range of activities including extensive involvement utilizing strong analytical and problem-solving skills to develop and implement procedures and projects.
Her strength as a communicator in community outreach/facilitation has cultivated and nurtured private/public partnerships. That proficiency extends to her effectiveness as a public speaker, as a federal grant writer and through to her efficacy in writing and developing CoC applications. As co-chair of the Oakland County Continuum of Care, she annually writes the Consolidated Application to HUD, accruing more than $37.8 million awarded to homeless service providers since 2002.
As a certified MSHDA homebuyer counselor, she is able to provide homebuyer counseling for MSHDA, Rural Development and HUD and has extensive knowledge of Fannie Mae and other low-income home-buying programs.
She has brought in $37.8 million in Continuum of Care funding for homeless service providers (Alliance for Housing) since 2002 as chair and coordinator of the consolidated application.
Among notable accomplishments, she:
- Developed Palmer Pointe Townhomes, a 24-unit townhouse, $5.4 million Low Income Housing Tax Credit development. The vacant property was purchased in a tax-foreclosure sale, allowing it to once again become a development site, stabilizing the neighborhood.
- Led the effort to revitalize and stabilize Unity Park, Pontiac, MI, utilizing Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2). NSP2 is a partnership approach addressing a region-wide concern: foreclosed or abandoned homes, empty lots, and plummeting home values. Worked in partnership with Venture, Inc., the development features 12 new-construction, upscale homes at starter-home prices for less than $70,000.
- Developed Unity Park Rentals, $8.5 million Low Income Housing Tax Credit development consisting of 32-unit scattered site in-fill housing.
- Supervised the development and administration of $4.4 million of HOME grant programs used to acquire and rehabilitate homes for individuals with disabilities and others in need, both rental and homeownership.
- Created more than 726 units of affordable housing for people with low to moderate incomes, including supportive housing units.
- Successfully developed 16 HUD Supportive Housing Programs for homeless families that created more than 404 units of housing with an annual budget of more than $2.5 million.
- Adeptly developed and implemented four HUD Section 811 grants resulting in $13.3 million to produce 47 new units of affordable housing for people with disabilities.
- Amassed more than $3 million in grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis and other sources to leverage housing development program funds.
- Coordinated four county-wide homeless street counts deploying hundreds of volunteers.
Previously, Kirstin served as the manager of the Housing Resource Center at Community Housing Network (CHN) representing the organization at the county and state levels. In that position, she also was a National Center for Housing Management (NCHM) certified occupancy specialist providing technical assistance to consumers applying to multi-family housing and assistance in annual recertification. She also effectively implemented and administered 10 federal leasing assistance programs with consistent outstanding site reviews.
Among her certifications are: Leadership Oakland, Class XVI; Grantsmanship Training Program certificate; CEDAM Real Estate Development Training Program certificate; 2008 Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) – Michigan Supportive Housing Institute certificate; National Center Housing Management certified occupancy specialist; and Housing Quality Standards (HQs) inspector and certified home-buyer counselor through Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).
Kirsten’s community involvement is extensive. Among current boards served and memberships are: Oakland County Continuum of Care (co-chair) 11 years; Alliance for Housing, Oakland County Continuum of Care (member); Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan (board member); Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) (member); Leadership Oakland (alumni member); and Oakland County Human Service Coordinating Council (member).
In 2018 she was named the recipient of the 2018 Corrie Bair Building Inclusive Communities Award. The award is presented annually by the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition to an individual or organization that has made significant accomplishments in creating inclusive communities.
In 2015 she was named by Leadership Oakland as the recipient of their Leader of Leaders Award for Public Leadership. In 2004 she received the Homeless Service Award from the Oakland County Taskforce on Homelessness and Affordable Housing.
Kirsten’s full resume is available here.