Tamara Rechner is the Housing Coordinator for IACAA as of August 2008. Tami administers as the Program Manager the Bridge Subsidy Program, Williams vs Quinn Court Decree, Money Follows the People, & the Transitional Funding Program for the State of Illinois-Department of Mental Health. For the FY2014, the DMH Programs expensed $1,923,149.34 in program funds.
In addition to theDMH Programs listed above, Tami also administers the Rental Housing Support Program Rural Funding Portion for the Illinois Housing Development Authority. This program is run in conjunction with IACAA member Community Action Agency Partners and expensed in FY2014 $864,739.19 in program funds.
Prior to joining IACAA, she held the position of Housing Coordinator for the Springfield Housing Authority (SHA) where she was responsible for the Madison Park Place Lease-to-Purchase Program, the Section 8 Homeownership Housing Choice Voucher Program, liaison to HUD developing, implementing and the maintenance of programmatic reporting standards. Tami provided Homebuyer Education and Credit Counseling for SHA, TSP Hope, Habitat for Humanity, Springfield Independent Living Center (SILC), HUD, City of Springfield, and the CRA Council of local lenders in Springfield.
Tami has experience in researching and securing grant funding with such sources as Federal Home Loan Bank, City of Springfield, and HUD through the SuperNofa process. She has a great deal of community development experience with new construction as well as the rehabilitation of existing properties through her employment with the Springfield Urban League. Prior to the positions mentioned, Tami worked in banking for 12 years and has an extensive consumer and mortgage lending background.Recent training and continuing education areas include Grant Proposal Writing, Making Home Affordable Program Components, Program Compliance & Reporting-HUD, HQS Certification, NCHEC Certification in Homeownership Counseling, Influence Skills, Counseling Clients in the Rental Markets, Loss Mitigation, Client Management and Tracking, & Foreclosure Intervention and Default CounselingACertification.