Jane Sokolowski, Senior Housing Counselor/Program Coordinator for Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler’s Housing Counseling Services has announced plans to retire effective July 1, 2019.

One of the first to buy her home in the City of Elmira through the First Time Homebuyer Program, Jane later joined the staff of Catholic Charities as a Housing Counselor in 1996. Jane brought her own solid experience of homeownership and her high energy and enthusiasm to encourage the 400+ homebuyers who followed in her footsteps.

Serving as Program Coordinator since 2006, Jane worked to build successful partnerships and working relationships with local lenders and City of Elmira colleagues. She also added mortgage foreclosure prevention counseling to the services provided by the Housing Counseling Department.

Jane’s commitment to continuing education in housing counseling skills and practices (for herself and the entire staff) during these years resulted in creative and successful outcomes for homeowners. Jane is recognized by peers in the Finger Lakes Region and nationwide for her leadership, counseling skills, and creativity. She was also among the first to achieve the prestigious and mandated U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Certification for Housing Counselors.

Jane Sokolowski accepting Housing Counselor of the Year Award in 2012One of Jane’s proudest moments was in 2012 when she was recognized as “NeighborWorks America: Counseling Homeowners for Success – Housing Counselor of the Year.”

Jane stated, “I have been honored to know and assist so many homebuyers, homeowners, and community partners over the last 22.5 years. The First Time Homebuyer Program is, and always will be, very near and dear to my heart. The program has assisted 454 families with homeownership in the City of Elmira. My young family was #11 in 1995. I have never forgotten where it all started for me, the help we received to purchase our first home, and then the opportunity to work and develop the program that has generated over 16 million dollars in mortgages with local lenders. Building community through homeownership – one house at a time.”

The Staff, Board of Directors and Homeowners’ Association wish Jane all the best as she retires from Housing Counseling and moves on to her next adventure. We are grateful for her years of service that have improved our community through homeownership. She will be greatly missed!

If you are interested in learning more about Housing Counseling and the services that Catholic Charities provides, please contact Amy Bell at 607-734-9784, ext. 2127 or via email.