RACHEL CASTILLO ELECTED REGION 1 “AT-LARGE” REPRESENTATIVE TO THE BALANCE OF THE STATE COC BOARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nathan Kongthum

Phone: 770-387-1143

Email: nathan@advochild.org

Cartersville, Georgia, February 7, 2019—Advocates for Children is proud to announce President and CEO, Rachel Castillo, has been elected as the Region 1 “At-Large” representative for the Balance of the State CoC Board.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development charges communities that receive funds under the Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) Program of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act with specific responsibilities. Relevant organizations in the Georgia Balance of State designated the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to manage those responsibilities.

The Georgia Balance of State CoC board is comprised of nineteen people, five members of the Governance Board represent each of the five DCA “Super Regions,” and were selected by a community process. In this process possible board members were nominated, reviewed and vetted by the Membership and Rules Committee, who then released the slate of nominees for vote. Finally, a quorum electing the “At-Large” representatives to the Board was reached on January 28, 2019. At this decision Rachel Castillo was elected the Region 1 “At-Large” Representative to the Balance of the State CoC board.

Castillo has a passion for resolving issues surrounding homelessness and affordable housing. For the past 18 years she has led organizations to provide people experiencing homelessness with housing, supportive services, and homelessness prevention.

Before coming to Advocates for Children, she most recently served as the Vice President of Program Services at MUST Ministries. She previously served at Lutheran Services of Georgia, Inc., as the Director of Operations where she oversaw the development of housing services line including, Housing Opportunities for People with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA).

Castillo has a Masters of Management in Non-Profit and Public Administration from Cambridge College and over 15 years of experience in social services. During her tenure as The Salvation Army’s State Director of Social Services, she was recognized by the State Housing Trust Fund for the work she and her team did with Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing.

Advocates for Children is a non-profit organization committed to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Through their umbrella of programs they strive to one day help create a world where all children are respected and loved, happy and thriving. Their goal is to bring hope and comfort to more than 3,000 children and families every year in Bartow County, and surrounding North Georgia areas.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please call Nathan Kongthum at 770-387-1143, or email nathan@advochild.org.

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