HANDS is grateful that Essex County Freeholder President, Britnee Timberlake agreed to serve as this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies for our 18th Annual Community Leadership Awards. This year, we will honor the dedicated resident groups receiving 2017 Neighborhood Project Grants (NPG). The evening will include great food, entertainment, time for mingling, and a short program. For tickets call 973-678-3110 x 8 or click/go to https://tinyurl.com/HANDS-CLA-2017
We couldn’t ask for a better reprensentative for this community event then Freeholder President, Ms. Timberlake. She has made affordable homeownership assistance more attainable for citizens in need; created a Citizen Immigration Services committee to welcome those joining Essex County from other countries; innovated new methods to level the financial playing field for SBE, WBE, and MBEs; was successful advocating for the Sheriff’s department to obtain body cameras for officers; is holding banks accountable for giving back to the community by proving they are working with people to avoid foreclosure, supporting nonprofits, granting access to credit in communities of color, and maintaining abandoned homes owned by the banks, etc.
Ms. Timberlake is currently, the founding Executive Director of a nonprofit affordable housing organization called the Essex Community Land Trust (ECLT). The ECLT supports the creation of permanent high quality affordable housing throughout the diverse municipalities of Essex County, NJ. In this position, Britnee has been successful in leveraging over 1 million dollars to be used to build affordable housing in suburban communities for low- to moderate- income people.