Supportive Housing Supervisor
Ned Perlman applied at Horizon fresh out of college just wanting a job, but he got so much more.
After graduating from the State University of New York at Albany, Ned was anxious to get back to Western New York, an area he’s called home his entire life. “The economy had just taken a turn for the worse and here I was, looking for a job,” says Ned, who still can’t believe his good fortune.
Luckily, Horizon hired him as a job training specialist with the promise of possible advancement if he worked hard and succeeded. Just nine months later opportunity knocked and eventually led to his current position as supportive housing supervisor. “It was just a year ago that I took over as supervisor,” says Ned, who did to through training for his new role late in 2009.
He currently oversees a staff of three who work with homeless individuals and families who need permanent housing and supportive services. Ned serves as a liaison with Erie and Niagara counties, working closely with their housing authorities to ensure Horizon is meeting all established housing regulations.
“It’s an extremely rewarding job. To help our clients set goals and become self sufficient is something my entire staff takes pride in.” Looking towards the future Ned is anxious to grow the program.
But for now, Ned feels he’s lucky to be a part of Horizon and to serve the Buffalo-Niagara region. “I look forward to what’s ahead for me and for Horizon.”