Fred Berman is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. He is the project director for an Office of Violence against Women (OVW)-funded project ("Transitional Housing for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence: A 2014-15 Snapshot"), a comprehensive assessment of the challenges facing and approaches taken by transitional housing programs working to meet survivors' needs for housing and support. A report combines an exhaustive review of pertinent literature and online resources with extensive comments from project interviews with 124 providers. Supplemental materials include five webinars and four podcast interviews.
Berman has prior experience with AIR as a member of the team providing HUD-funded training and technical assistance (TA) to Continuums of Care (CoCs). In that capacity, he led successful major technical assistance (TA) projects with the Chicago CoC, served as the regional coordinator for the Southeast Regional TA Team, helped develop resources explaining HUD program regulations and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) best practices, co-led trainings on those topics, and helped plan and develop resources to support efforts to leverage Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion client health coverage opportunities. With SAMHSA funding, he developed guidance materials and presented webinars on sustainability strategies for grantees.
Before AIR, Berman served as a planner for the City of Cambridge, MA, where he coordinated planning and grants management for the local Continuum of Care, overseeing a tripling of supportive housing capacity; led the development of the CoC's innovative HMIS, user training, data analysis, and report preparation; played a key role in building a collaborative regional network addressing homelessness; directed municipal housing and employment programs serving residents with barriers; and led planning and project development efforts addressing substance abuse, youth violence, domestic violence, mainstream benefits access, and other needs.
Prior work includes direct services and leadership of a state advocacy group addressing elder home care-related issues, data modeling to support a Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver, and legislative and state budget-related work for the Massachusetts Legislature's Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee on aging, disability, and Medicaid issues, including co-leadership of a mediation effort which resulted in legislation by the State's Elder Affairs office to regulate Continuing Care Retirement Communities.
Berman has a long history of civic engagement, including active participation on a number of non-profit boards, including over 15 years with his local Community Development Corporation, during which he helped draft and pass legislation to expand and protect the City's stock of affordable housing.