September 30, 2013

A Day in the Life: SNAPS

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Welcome to the very first edition of a new blog series, A Day in the Life, which will introduce you to HUD employees and highlight the important work they do.  Today, we meet Marcy Thompson, a Program Specialist in HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs – a mouthful, I know, which is why HUD folks just call it, the SNAPS office or “SNAPS” for short.

If you aren’t familiar with SNAPS, the office is responsible for addressing the housing and service needs of one of our most vulnerable populations: persons who are experiencing homelessness.  SNAPS administers the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program and the Emergency Solutions Grants program which provide funds to communities for emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing, and supportive services to prevent and end homelessness.  It works closely with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness in order to establish policies and priorities to meet the goals of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.  Marcy advises the Office Director on a variety of policy issues and serves as the lead on efforts like ending chronic homelessness.  Marcy also acts as the liaison with USICH and participates in HUD-wide discussions around homelessness.

“I started doing case management after I received my degree in Social Work but knew I really wanted to focus on homeless policy. I love being able to have a voice on policies that have an impact on a population that I care a lot about. I have a really great mentor who gives me the freedom to speak openly and give my opinion even if it’s not the same as hers,” said Marcy.

Marcy describes the most challenging part of her job as juggling several competing inquiries at once.  Nothing can slip through the cracks in SNAPS without there being an impact on the people they serve.  She also admits there are never enough hours in the day.  I know we can all relate to that one!

Prior to coming to HUD, Marcy worked in the social work field where she helped the homeless and persons with disabilities.  She is committed to making a positive impact on the policies that impact the homeless and the organizations that serve them.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back next month for a new edition of A Day in the Life!

April is a Public Affairs Specialist in HUD’s Office of Public Affairs.

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