Tyler Berl serves as the manager of community development & advocacy for Housing Alliance Delaware, a nonprofit organization working to “advance housing opportunities, end homelessness, and promote vibrant communities” throughout Delaware. In this position, Berl coordinates the Sussex Housing Group, a collaborative community development initiative created to improve the County’s affordable housing environment through the development and promotion of local public policy and the direct provision of redevelopment services in the County’s rural, low-income communities. The Sussex Housing Group is open to the public and consists of private, nonprofit, and government partners as well as local advocates from across the County’s community development field.
Additionally, Berl leads Housing Alliance Delaware’s local, state, and national outreach efforts, including planning its Day for Housing, Delaware’s largest annual affordable housing advocacy event, and the development of the agency’s annual report State of Housing in the First State. He also provides technical assistance and capacity building services to leaders in several of the State’s traditionally underserved neighborhoods in an effort to help these communities grow as they envision. Berl joined Housing Alliance Delaware in 2017.
Before working with Housing Alliance Delaware, Berl worked on public policy issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in Delaware at the Delaware HIV Consortium and held several research fellowships, including one with the Delaware General Assembly. Berl received a master’s degree in urban affairs and public policy in 2014 and a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2011, both from the University of Delaware.
Housing Alliance Delaware strives to meet its vision of “housing for all in thriving and diverse communities,” by utilizing research, coalition building, grassroots technical assistance, and neighborhood capacity building to improve housing and the quality of life for all Delawareans. Outside of its community development activities, Housing Alliance also provides homeless services. The organization serves as the lead agency for Delaware's Continuum of Care (CoC), administers the State’s shelter referral network for those experiencing homelessness, known as Centralized Intake, and manages the State’s Homeless Management Information System, which provides client- and community-level data on Delaware’s homeless population.