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Relocation Services

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Judy Cohn, Director and Founder of Judy Cohn Housing and Relocation Consultants, has over 30 years of leadership experience primarily focusing in the areas of resident relocation services for privately developed, federally and state-assisted housing programs.

We have specific expertise in developing Relocation Plans in accordance with applicable local, state, and federal requirements for approval by appropriate agencies. Our staff has a wide range of experience in the setting up, and directing of on-site relocation office(s) and providing direct services to individual residents as well as the ability to coordinate efforts of the relevant housing authority with our relocation program.

Judy and her staff have devised a unique and equitable lottery selection process based on family size and composition, design and square footage of new units, length of tenancy, and relocation regulations for residential unit assignments in a number of projects.

1.A proud record of working successfully with very low-income and/or disadvantaged populations and with public housing residents:

  • Approximately 90 percent of our projects consist of working with very low-income residents, defined as households receiving Section 8 rental assistance, Rental Voucher Program or living in public housing.
  • Several projects demonstrate our unique experience in directing and coordinating relocation efforts which are dependent on the local housing authority’s Section 8 Certificate/Voucher Program and admission to public housing developments.
  • Many projects have involved relocating households temporarily and permanently using Section 8 and MRVP subsidies. Judy has coordinated with the Boston Housing Authority (BHA), the Brookline Housing Authority and the Lowell Housing Authority and the project owners successfully bringing each resident onto mobile Section 8 Voucher and leasing-up under the program in the private sector. This relocation involved an intensive housing search, required a cooperative working relationship with the Authorities’ Leased Housing departments as well as negotiating skills to form working relationships with private landlords.

2.Making a positive difference in the lives of residents:

  • An unusual and successful project for the Town of Brookline, designed and directed by Judy, required excellent working relationships with local Housing Authority departments and personnel and with individual town residents after the State termination of rent control. In Brookline, approximately 300 low- to moderate income residents lost rent protection and faced displacement due to rising rents. The Planning Department of the Town of Brookline asked Judy to design and provide housing referral and information programs for these residents. Judy provided housing, legal, and service referrals, and then maintained and tracked a caseload, along with the local Council on Aging, of over 300 individuals in danger of losing their housing.

    This was a caseload of residents who were not in public or subsidized housing, but many of whom needed to be. Judy worked diligently with the individual town residents and the Brookline Housing Authority until 110 households entered the public or subsidized housing, or utilized Section 8 certificates for the first time. During this case management, Judy gained insightful knowledge of Housing Authority procedures and systems, eligibility requirements and regulations, and formed a close working relationship with the Housing Authority staff as an advocate of these town residents, while also being sensitive to the concerns and procedures of the Housing Authority.

3.Working collaboratively with a network and agency providers:

  • Local housing authorities’ occupancy departments
  • Leased housing department s and legal departments
  • Resident service coordinators, assisted living programs
  • Community health centers, elder services agencies, youth services, employment and training services, city/town inspectional services

During many of the various projects in our history, we collaborated with local area organizations including property management companies, resident service coordinators, assisted living programs and providers, private real estate developers and landlords, nursing rehabilitation facilities, small property owners, resident organizations, boards of directors, community health centers, mental health agencies, elder services agencies, city/town inspectional services, public schools and religious organizations.

Relocation Program Compliance Audits

We provide relocation compliance audits of existing programs accompanied by a report of findings and action items, with capabilities to implement those items.

Judy Cohn Housing and Relocation Consultants (JCHRC) is a small firm with established expertise in the field of housing and relocation consultation. The director of the company, Judy Cohn, is qualified with over 30 years of managerial experience in the field, with primary involvement in the areas of resident relocation services and of privately developed, federally and state-assisted housing programs.

JCHRC has specific experience in developing Relocation Plans in accordance with applicable local, state and federal requirements for approval by appropriate agencies. We have appropriate experience in directing the on-site relocation office and providing direct services to individual residents as well as the ability to coordinate efforts of the developer and construction company with the relocation efforts.

Many projects have involved relocating households temporarily and permanently using Section 8 Housing Choice and State subsidies. JCHRC has coordinated with local housing authorities and project owners successfully bringing each resident onto mobile Section 8 Voucher and leasing-up under the program in the private sector. In many projects we have designed and executed a project-specific rental assistance program for the developer or client. These relocations involved an intensive housing search, required a cooperative working relationship with the housing authorities’ Leased Housing departments as well as negotiating skills to form working relationships with private landlords.

During the many projects in our history, we have collaborated with local area organizations including property management companies, resident service coordinators, assisted living programs and providers, private real estate developers and landlords, nursing rehabilitation facilities, small property owners, resident organizations, boards of directors, community health centers, mental health agencies, elder services agencies, federal, state, city or town inspectional services, public schools and religious organizations.

We also provide relocation program compliance audits of existing programs for our clients which is accompanied by a report of findings and action items, with capabilities to implement those items.