Sacramento, CA., --Following a national recruitment, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to appoint Cynthia Cavanaugh as the Director of Homeless Initiatives effective July 25, 2016.
In spite of spending more than $40 million on services to homeless people in Fiscal Year 2014-15 which helped to move hundreds of homeless people into housing and services, there continues to be people returning to and becoming homeless.
“The issue of homelessness is complex and crosses many departments and funding sources. As the single largest provider of social services in the County, spending more than $40 million annually, we believe it’s imperative to have a director-level position dedicated to these efforts. This position will coordinate the County’s investments, focus on developing comprehensive policies and work to ensure that our programs are working together and at maximum effectiveness,” said Board Chair Roberta MacGlashan, Supervisor for District 4. “This position will also coordinate with the many nonprofits, cities and stakeholders to help see that the right things are being done in the most effective way possible and report back to us on results. We are pleased to appoint Ms. Cavanaugh to this role.”
Ms. Cavanaugh has more than 30 years of local and state-level experience in affordable housing, community development, and homelessness initiatives. She has served as the Assistant Director for Policy and Planning with the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, creating and administering a HUD-recognized Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing program. Currently, she serves as a Governor-appointed Assistant Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development, coordinating state homelessness policies and programs.
“After an extensive search, I’m confident that Ms. Cavanaugh has the right combination of experience, expertise and passion to help ensure that our homeless-related services and efforts are both strategic and effective,” said County Executive Nav Gill. “I am pleased to recommend her appointment for this critical new role.”
Ms. Cavanaugh lives in Sacramento and has an extensive record of local community involvement. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy/Political Science from Humboldt State University.
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