HUD sponsored

Housing Counseling 2021 Conference: Preventing Eviction Amid COVID-19


August 10, 2021 | 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT



This session of the 2021 Office of Housing Counseling (OHC) Community Conference provided an overview of evictions nationally. Eviction is increasingly more imminent for many renters. Housing Counseling Agencies can be a resource to tenants as they navigate available options. This session offered tips to avoid eviction and explore protections available to tenants.


  • Sid Alvarado, Lead Housing Counseling Specialist, ICF, TA Provider: Sid Alvarado is a Lead Housing Counseling Specialist with ICF. With significant housing counseling experience, Sid focuses on utilizing educational platforms and economic development strategies to empower vulnerable populations.


  • Ethan Handelman, Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing: Ethan Handelman is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was appointed in February 2021 by the Biden-Harris Administration. Prior to joining HUD, Ethan was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Federal Housing Finance Agency in the Office of Housing and Community Investment. Prior to joining FHFA, he served as Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at the National Housing Conference (NHC), finishing his time as Acting CEO.
  • Michelle Jones, Director of Housing Stability, Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia (HOME): Michelle Jones is the Director of Housing Stability for HOME of Virginia. She provides leadership for housing stabilization eviction prevention and diversion services that are needed to maintain housing. She has an extensive background and experience in community and economic development with a focus on disadvantaged communities.
  • Jacqueline Marcelos, Associate Director of Asset Building Programs, Mission Economic Development Association (MEDA): Jacqueline Marcelos is the Associate Director of Asset Building Programs for the Mission Economic Development Association (MEDA).
  • Linda Taylor, VP of Housing and Financial Empowerment, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle: Linda Taylor is Housing Director for the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS) where she started as a Housing Counselor, and now she directs the ULMS Housing Department which includes six Housing Specialists. She managed of a 27-person real estate office where she trained agents, packaged loans and conducted First-Time Homebuyer Classes. She is an advocate of life-long learning and completed various training programs in real estate coaching and counseling.
  • Ben Winter, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development, Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R): Ben Winter oversees the Office of Policy Development (OPD) within the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R). Prior to rejoining HUD, Mr. Winter led the California Community Foundation's housing and economic opportunity initiatives in Los Angeles, helping to strengthen low-income communities, solve homelessness, and grow the region's supply of housing in an equitable, just, and sustainable way. Before CCF, Mr. Winter was the Chief Housing Officer for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and a senior analyst at HUD under the leadership of President Barack Obama.

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