Biography


Laura Guralnick, MPA is a strategic, results-focused professional offering 10 years of success within both the social services and affordable housing industries. Having worked in positions from the front line as a direct service provider to the Director of the Supportive Services department of the fourth largest affordable housing management/development company in America, the spectrum of her Supportive Housing experience spans program design and development, funding acquisition, planning and performance measurement.

Her expertise includes: Training/Technical Assistance, Project Management, Stakeholder Relations, Contract Negotiations, Policy/Procedure Development, Strategic Planning, Program Evaluation, Budget Administration, Grant Writing and Public Speaking.

Laura is recognized as a leader in the field of affordable Supportive Housing, having been directly involved in the development and oversight of over 10,000 units of housing. Laura’s experience with Social Services and Affordable Housing projects from Pennsylvania to Washington State has given her a broader geographical perspective. Having seen the Supportive Housing industry from multiple perspectives, (as Owner/Developer/Managing Agent, Supportive Services Provider and Government Funder) Laura plays a vital role in the project development team by combining her in-depth understanding of funding opportunities and social services, with a healthy dose of tenacity and attention to detail.

Laura has been directly involved in designing, developing and managing a wide variety of supportive housing projects and facilities for the benefit of a number of consumer groups: formerly homeless individuals and families; the elderly; people with physical and mental disabilities; and low income families. She has also been instrumental in helping for-profit and nonprofit agencies secure funds to develop hundreds of units of supportive housing.

Among the sources of financing that Laura has succeeded in securing, combining and overseeing are the following:

  • County, state and federal programs such as Housing Trust Funds, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Health Choices Reinvestment Dollars, HOME Funds and HUD Continuum of Care Programs (Supportive Housing, Shelter Plus Care)
  • Low-income housing tax credits
  • Foundation and corporate grants
Laura holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Delaware.