VIENNA, Va. – January 11, 2022–Shelters to Shutters (S2S), a national non-profit that transitions individuals and families from homelessness to economic self-sufficiency through partnerships with apartment companies, announced today that Kit Baker-Carr has joined the organization to act as liaison in the Western US. Based in Denver, Kit brings experience from across the property management industry, having worked for both TransUnion and Experian, as well as Kroll Factual Data and most recently at Application Research, Inc., as well as his own direct property management experience in New York. He was also elected to the boards of both the Urban Land Institute’s Multifamily Council and the Multifamily Information and Technology Standards Governance Committee (each board for two terms). In the non-profit sector, Kit has worked with Newman’s Own, collaborating directly with Paul Newman; as a fundraiser for Livestrong and as a years-long supporter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
“Kit’s extensive experience within the multifamily arena coupled with his passion for charitable work will immediately add value to our program and to the clients we serve on a day-to-day basis,” said David Williams, Shelters to Shutters’ President and CEO. “His input will also contribute directly to our long-term strategy as he helps us create a blueprint for the opening of offices in the west, scaling our program across the nation.”
S2S partners with over 40 apartment management companies to place people experiencing homelessness in onsite, entry-level jobs, and provide them with housing at the same communities where they work. S2S provides each participant with career mentoring and access to support services to ensure a successful long-term transition. S2S works with multiple homeless-focused non-profits to identify suitable job applicants. The program changes the lives of individuals and families while providing quality, motivated employees for a rapidly growing industry in need of talent.
“As the proud father of a United States Marine, I was saddened to learn that Denver has the second highest population of homeless veterans in the US. Shelters To Shutters gives people from all walks of life the opportunity to use the skills they possess to get back on their feet, into a good paying job and with a permanent housing solution”, commented Baker-Carr. “I look forward to working with industry professionals, vendors and government officials to create partnerships that get Veterans and those effected by situational homelessness off the street and into a good paying job they can be proud of while providing them with stable housing.”
In 2021, Shelters to Shutters added a National Director of Operations and Executive Directors on the ground in five key markets: Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Nashville and the National Capital Region. The Executive Directors work in partnership with local City Advisory Board Members, leaders within their local communities committed to the mission of the organization. In 2022, Shelters to Shutters has plans to expand to five additional cities to provide a hand up to individuals facing situational homelessness and return them to economic independence.
About Shelters to Shutters
Shelters to Shutters is a national 501(c)(3) organization that transitions individuals and families from homelessness to economic self-sufficiency by educating and engaging the real estate industry to provide employment and housing opportunities. Across the country, Shelters to Shutters pairs leading property management companies with individuals experiencing homelessness who are ready to work. The result is an innovative program that provides full-time employment and housing opportunities for individuals facing homelessness and a pipeline of high quality, motivated employees for the multifamily housing industry. Shelters to Shutters currently operates in Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Nashville and the National Capital Region. More information can be found at www.shelterstoshutters.org or by following the organization on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.