by Ray Newton
After three months on the job as the new executive director for the Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ), Allison Lenocker said she is feeling optimistic about the future for the nonprofit organization that seeks to serve the homeless population of the Greater Prescott area.
Lenocker, who since 2018 had been the assistant director at CCJ, replaced Jessi Hans, who relocated in May to Tucson.
“I’m eager to continue the legacy of CCJ in finding solutions to housing concerns for the homeless,” she said.
Lenocker leads a 16-member team in meeting the Housing First model CCJ has adopted as its mission for the next several years. A major objective will be completion of the $2.2-million Paloma Village housing project in north Chino Valley. It consists of placing 24 manufactured homes on a 4-acre tract. The homes will range in size from one, two and three bedrooms.
She told Prescott LIVING she’ll dedicate considerable efforts to moving that program forward.
She’ll also oversee an annual budget of $1.6 million, supervise rental properties for 26 clients and continue expansion of the larger, modernized Second Glance Thrift Store on Miller Valley Road in Prescott.
The coalition also operates a 10- to 12-bed emergency shelter for men and women needing immediate assistance.
The bulk of group’s budget comes from donations, grants and from rental properties, she said.
“We want to be a beacon of hope for the vulnerable population,” Lenocker said.