Homeless healthcare advocate announces retirement

Oversaw extension of services, increase in budget

April 15, 2011|By a Sun reporter, The Baltimore Sun

Jeff Singer, the longtime president and chief executive officer of Health Care for the Homeless, announced his retirement Thursday, and the organization said it was immediately launching a search committee to identify a successor.

Singer's 40-year career advocating for homeless people and families included 13 years at the helm of Health Care for the Homeless, which he joined in 1987. During his tenure, the group tripled the size of a Baltimore-based clinic and state headquarters and launched new dental and pediatric programs, and he oversaw a budget that quadrupled from $3.2 million in 1998 to $13.5 million this year. He was once arrested at City Hall for protesting the lack of an emergency shelter.

Linda Jones, chair of the organization's board of directors, called Singer in a news release a "rare leader who instilled a collective vision and passion throughout the entire community, and he leaves us all stronger."

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