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Stakeholder Spotlight: Kim C. Datwyler

What is your position and title?
Executive Director of Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation

What is your educational/training background?
I spent 15 years teaching housing, residential technology and financial counseling courses at USU, then segued into this position. I've been doing this for 17 years now. My undergraduate degrees were in consumer studies with an emphasis in housing.
What is the best thing about living in Cache Valley?
The natural beauty and the small town feel the valley still provides.
What do you find most rewarding about your work? 
Helping people find decent affordable housing and progress to becoming self sufficient.
What do you perceive to be some of the most pressing needs related to homelessness in our community? 
We have no means to address short or long-term homelessness issues other than referring the individual(s) out of the valley. If we can't house them, we can't stabilize the most pressing issue they are facing (the Housing First Model.)

In the next 10 years, what kind of growth/development would you like to see in our community as it relates to homelessness?
A resource center that provides not only housing, but access to supportive services that can help people transition back into more traditional housing models.

What do you most want community members to understand about homelessness? 
Not everyone that experiences homelessness fits the stereotypical standard (i.e. drug/alcohol abuse, mental illness, etc.) 

Do you have anything else you’d like to share? 
How we treat the most fragile members of our community is a reflection on us, and I believe Cache Valley residents want to do the right thing, once they are educated and informed about the issue of homelessness.