Staff Spotlight: Tanya Ford-Goins, Director of Housing Navigation

portrait of Tanya

Each month, Hope Solutions features a team member and the amazing work they do to fulfill our mission to heal the effects of poverty and homelessness by providing permanent housing solutions and vital support services. 

HOPE SOLUTIONS: What drew you to Hope Solutions?
TANYA: I wanted to be able to serve and work in the community/county I lived in. I liked the organization’s values, vision, and mission. Also, a great opportunity for growth.

HOPE SOLUTIONS: What positions have you held at Hope Solutions? 
TANYA: I started as a Case Manager for site-based housing in 2016. From there I was promoted in 2017 to Housing Navigation Manager where I helped launch Housing Navigation Services in Contra Costa County. As Housing Navigation Services expanded with adding new programs, I was promoted to Housing Program Manager in 2018 was just  promoted to Director of Housing Navigation Services where I oversee Housing Navigation Programs with a range of partners, such as STAND and the Family Justice Center, the Employment and Human Services (EHSD) department, and our newest partnership with the Probation Department. 

HOPE SOLUTIONS: What do you like most about your position?
TANYA:  I like being able to develop and grow new programs that help the most vulnerable individuals find housing. I like working with my team of experienced and passionate individuals who are dedicated to helping our unhoused neighbors find affordable housing. I enjoy working with community partners who are just as dedicated and compassionate about helping others as I am.

HOPE SOLUTIONS: How has your role adapted to COVID-19 pandemic?  What do you do for self-care?
TANYA:  My role as Director of Housing Navigation services during this pandemic has been supportive and flexible when and where it’s needed. I have been maintaining self-care through prayer and meditation. A quick local safe trip somewhere close to water. Also, through diet, walking outside in fresh air and music.

HOPE SOLUTIONS: What brings you hope about your work and the mission of Hope Solutions?
TANYA:  I am hopeful when I see the impact of the work that we are doing at our agency. I am also excited about the continued opportunities for growth and the direction our agency is headed.