Tearing down barriers. building up people.

Housing Collaborative is more than just an information gateway to affordable housing.

We live to uplift, so every day, we collaborate with different people, groups and organizations to increase access to housing. By providing flexible, responsive support, we are able to tailor our resources to meet the specific needs of our partners and clients.

Our Core Beliefs:

With the right information, the way forward becomes clear. Access to information leads to access to life, and everyone deserves to know what’s available to them.

At Housing Collaborative, we believe in second chances, and we understand that everything begins and ends with home.

Our Mission:

We make affordable housing easier to navigate.

Our Vision:

We strive to create a world where everyone can see a path home.

A brief history of Housing Collaborative.

Housing Collaborative was founded in 1999, originally known as Socialserve, where a small handful of staff diligently support a variety of social services. Over the past two decades, we shifted our focus to exclusively work within the affordable housing sector, using our call center and other resources to provide personalized support for the diverse array of housing initiatives emerging across the country.

A commitment to second chances.

As Housing Collaborative grew into what it is today, we witnessed the barriers that not only kept people from finding affordable housing, but also kept them from moving forward in life. So we decided to do something about it by committing ourselves to second-chance employment.

Many of our employees — including the housing information experts you connect with at our call center — have previously experienced barriers to employment such as incarceration, addiction, and/or housing crises. Instead of turning them away, we embrace their potential. Through intensive training and support, our team members gain transferable customer service, sales and data management experience. Today, these employees use their journey to help others.

Our goal is to use what we’ve learned about second-chance employment to encourage other employers to provide the same opportunities. Our success stories are a roadmap to better futures for so many other people who just need a chance to demonstrate their potential.

Looking ahead: Insightful help from those who’ve overcome their own barriers.

Housing Collaborative is dedicated to fostering economic mobility within our own ranks. We’re committed to the development of an internal workforce development program that will expand our employees’ earning potential. We firmly believe the best help and guidance comes from people who have found themselves in similar, difficult situations.

Our employees’ success helps ensure the success of others, and we’re proud to support them in a variety of ways, from second chance employment to special loan programs. In fact, our internal, revolving loan program has provided more than 250 employee loans, along with budget counseling, to staff facing personal, economic crises.

Our Leadership Team

Housing Collaborative is proud that most of its leadership team started with us as customer service representatives.

Tara Peele

President & CEO

Nicole Dewitt

Chief Program Officer

Indira Cosio

Chief Administrative Officer

Leslie Santos

Chief Services Officer

Nakia Eason

Floor Manager

Daryl Smith

Operations Manager

Harry Mack

Director of Housing Partnerships

Katherine Fowler

Outreach Manager

Osvaldo Batista

Workforce Development Manager

Our Board

Housing Collaborative is proud that most of its leadership team started with us as customer service representatives.

Barbara Rein

Retired Nonprofit Administrator

Kenn Shrader

Senior User Experience Designer, Premier Healthcare Alliance

Kim Graham

Vice Chair, Executive Director, Greater Charlotte Apartment Association

Lakisha Jones

Chair, Assistant General Counsel & Senior Vice President of Consumer Banking, BOA

Jay Potter

Treasurer, Community Volunteer & Retired Dean, CPCC

Erin Barbee

Chief Strategy Officer, DreamKey Partners

Alassane Diouf

Risk Advisory, Truist Financial

LaShonda Hart

Program Manager, Affordable Housing Initiatives, Mecklenburg County

Miriam Espaillat

Director of Community Engagement & Development, Raydal Hospitality, LLC

Christina Metheney

Owner/Real Estate Manager, Metheny Rentals

Mark Ethridge

Partner, Ascent Real Estate Capital