Kirsten Elliott is the Vice President of Development for Community Housing Network, based in Troy. She represents CEDAM’s Region 5 (Southeast Michigan).

WHAT IS THE HISTORY/PURPOSE OF YOUR ORGANIZATION?

At Community Housing Network (CHN), we are passionate advocates, devoted to providing homes for people in need and access to resources to create sustainable communities.

We do this through proven strategies of homelessness prevention, housing assistance and development, community education and referral, advocacy and additional services. We carry out our work in Southeast Michigan.

WHAT DO YOU DO AT YOUR ORGANIZATION?

I am the Vice President of Development and oversee all development related activities, which include real estate development, grant and program development, fund development and new business development.

IS THERE ANYTHING SPECIAL WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION?

I have been with CHN for more than years. I grew up in public housing and I have a son with disabilities, both of which fuels my passion for the work. I feel honored to have worked at CHN for more than 13 years, making a difference for the communities and people we serve.

MORE ABOUT KIRSTEN

In her seventeen years with Community Housing Network, Kirsten Elliott has grown the development department into one of Michigan’s lead developers of affordable housing.

Kirsten manages all aspects of real estate development, analyzes proposed legislation and ensures the voices of people in need are heard by advocating for funding increases at the local, state and federal levels.

In recent years, Elliott has closed over $22 million in transactions, including the 18 million dollar adaptive reuse of the old Jefferson school, providing 60 units of affordable housing in Oak Park. Kirsten also led the effort leveraging lease-to-purchase housing in Pontiac, transforming vacant, blighted lots into a thriving community. Kirsten also leads the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan’s annual Real Estate Boot Camp, where she trains future leaders in affordable real estate development.

Kirsten recognizes the need for resident-informed care and community-building. With the help of a community engagement coordinator, she is integrating ACEs Too High, a public health strategy tackling the way childhood traumas affect physical and mental health into the service array into CHN’s housing. This addresses a potential resident’s ability to engage, heal and develop resiliency plans.