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Supportive Housing Communities

Supportive Housing Communities Focuses on Growth and Leadership

Supportive Housing Communities is a leader in Charlotte for ending homelessness. Besides pioneering the concept of providing permanent supportive housing to homeless people with disabilities, the organization prides itself on a 97% success rate of keeping their residents in stable housing.

When long-time director Pamela Jefsen announced her decision to retire, the board activated a search to find an Executive Director that could lead Supportive Housing Communities into its next phase of growth and leadership.

The Search

Next Stage worked with the organization over a 3-month period to complete a full-scale search process. The board partnered with Next Stage to develop an ideal candidate profile and position description that would meet the needs of a growing organization at the center of one of the region’s most pressing issues – affordable housing. Supportive Housing Communities needed a candidate that would…

Next Stage then created a broad, national outreach plan that targeted both traditional and nontraditional candidates through both marketing and targeted relational outreach. The result was a robust pool of local and national professionals who were narrowed down to an interview pool for the board to review.

While each candidate was highly qualified, the panel interviews resulted in a unanimous board decision – they would extend an offer to Sherrill Hampton, an experienced nonprofit leader with an extensive background in housing and community development. Sherrill’s deep background in affordable housing organizations, relationships with neighborhood leaders and collaborative leadership style made her a perfect candidate, positioned to make a major impact. The committee made an offer and Sherrill agreed to return to Charlotte to lead the organization, after seven years outside the city, working in other affordable housing nonprofits.


An Unusual Transition

Sherrill began her tenure with Supportive Housing Communities on March 16, 2020 – exactly one day before the office transitioned to virtual work due to COVID-19. She quickly led the charge to transition staff and program operations to function remotely, while working hard to build relationships with staff, clients and donors.

“The board selected Next Stage because their services precisely matched up with what we intended to focus on – search and transition preparedness. Josh and his team have been part of the nonprofit fabric of our region for many years. They understand the makeup of organizations big and small, best practices and their stakeholder and referral network is quite extensive. Our candidate pool was full of high-caliber, highly-skilled executives who could take our organization to the next level.”
Tonya Bruce,

Board Chair, SHC