Barbara J. Williams has joined the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) as a contracts specialist.
LAHSA, a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles, designs, funds and administers programs that assist homeless individuals and families in their transition to permanent housing. LAHSA-funded agencies assist many underserved populations, including families with children, chronically homeless people, survivors of domestic violence, veterans, youths transitioning from foster care, and individuals with mental health needs.
Williams will work with attorneys assigned to negotiate LAHSA projects by the county counsel, city attorney, and HUD to create, prepare and coordinate the execution of LAHSA contracts for programs serving homeless individuals and families in Los Angeles City and County.
Williams, a 1984 graduate of Warren Area High School and a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, also earned a graduate certificate in paralegal studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, N.J. She was formerly employed as a supervisory paralegal with the U.S. Attorneys Office/Dept. of Justice in Los Angeles and Aristocrat Technologies in Las Vegas. She resides with her husband, Barry, in Santa Monica, Calif.