Dedication and Commitment

Our team at Housing Independence is here to help bridge the transition from living at home to having the skills and confidence to successfully live independently in the local community. In addition to housing and living resource services, we also offer employment services to support the goal of working and living independently.

Our Team

Jessie

Program Director


I am the Program Director for Housing Independence. I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Prior to this I volunteered and coached Basketball for Special Olympics as well as helped with the Drama Program and Track and Field. I absolutely loved my experience there and am excited to continue to work in a similar capacity! I love hiking, volleyball, watching movies and reading!

Lydia

Housing Resource Manager


Nawal

Life Skills Manager


Jessica Leitner

Operations Manager


Jessica has spent more than 30 years advocating for adults and families with Developmental Disabilities in the Portland, Oregon area. She is owner of Jessica Leitner Consulting, LLC, a private consulting firm helping organizations navigate an ever changing set of rules and regulations while maintaining quality care. She served as an Oregon Intervention System (OIS) Trainer and Steering Committee Member and helped bring Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training to local law enforcement agencies in Clackamas County and Portland. Jessica earned a master’s in social work from Portland State University and a BA in Psychology from Oregon State University. Previously, she held executive positions with Multnomah County, Clackamas County and Edwards Center, Inc.

DSA Manager


Employment Resource Manager