RIVER EDGE, NJ, September 9, 2016 – The Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County proudly announces the appointment of Kevin Blanchard as its new Executive Director. Mr. Blanchard joined the affiliate effective September 7th.
A resident of Pequannock, Mr. Blanchard brings with him extensive experience in affordable housing development, grant procurement, budget management, organizational development and capacity building. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University.
Mr. Blanchard is the owner of Corbans Comfort, Inc. in Pequannock, a consulting company dedicated to grant writing, fundraising and affordable housing development. Prior to this, he was the Vice President of Development and Operations at Advance Housing, Inc. in Hackensack, which provides supportive housing services for homeless individuals, individuals with mental illness and other marginalized groups. He was previously with Start Easy Eagle Development Corp. (SEED, Corp.) where he served as the Director of Development where he identified development and grant writing opportunities through strategic partnerships with all levels of government from local municipalities to county, state and federal governments.
David Van Grouw, Habitat Bergen Board Member and Executive Director Search Committee Chair, stated, “Mr. Blanchard impressed us all with his intelligence, community contacts, determination, extensive affordable housing development and fundraising experience, and creative thinking. We believe he is the right personality for the position and can lead the affiliate to the next level. We saw in Mr. Blanchard someone who we think can adapt to every situation and manage the many hats the Executive Director must wear.”
Reporting to the Board of Directors, Mr. Blanchard will oversee all of the affiliate’s activities, including fundraising, site development and construction, family selection and support and day-to-day administration.
For more information about Habitat Bergen, visit www.habitatbergen.org.
About Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County
The goal of Habitat Bergen is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the face of the earth by working in partnership with people in need. Using volunteer labor and donated funds and materials, Habitat Bergen builds or rehabilitates simple, decent houses and sells them to low-income families at cost, but with no interest added. Habitat Bergen is a people-to-people partnership, which joins all of us together regardless of race, nationality, religion, or socioeconomic status. That partnership begins with the homeowner families (partner families). Habitat Bergen is not a giveaway program, but a joint venture in which those who benefit from the housing ministry are involved in the work at various levels. They help with the construction of their own home, as well as the houses of their neighbors.