Primo Center for Women and Children CEO Christine Achre featured in Realtor® Magazine

Chicago, IllinoisJune 29, 2016 – Primo Center for Women and Children (“Primo Center”) Chief Executive Officer Christine Achre and Primo Center are featured in the Summer 2016 issue of Realtor® Magazine, the official magazine of the National Association of Realtors. Ms. Achre and the center are highlighted in an article by G.M. Filisko entitled Homelessness in America: Housing First, Then Support.

The article points-out that Primo Center operates two facilities with a total of 184 beds and a 12-unit apartment building and has access to 100 scattered-site housing units. In the article, Ms. Achre is quoted as saying that roughly 85-percent of families Primo Center helps are headed by a single parent, most often a female.

The story goes on to state that Primo Center, over the last six years, has averaged a 97 percent success rate when it comes to placing people in permanent housing.

Below is an except of the article:
The Primo Center, for example, boasts a 97 percent success rate (over the last six years) when it comes to placing people in permanent housing, reports Achre. Behind that statistic are real people, like the mother who had serious alcohol abuse issues. She and her teenage daughter had been asked to leave at least four shelters before they found the Primo Center.  A crisis erupted one day when the mother became dangerously drunk and abusive to sta? and other residents.  After medically stabilizing the woman, center sta? spent the next day counseling her on the devastating e?ects of her behavior.

 “That was a turning point,” recalls Achre. “She accepted the assistance we were providing, and she and her daughter are now doing quite well. Working with these families and really seeing what can be achieved is something I’m proud of.”

Realtor´® Magazine has a circulation of more than 1.1 million, plus it’s website attracts 540,000 unique monthly visitors.

Read the entire story starting on Page 4 of the following link: http://www.realtor.org/publications/on-common-ground/summer-2016-housing-for-all

About Primo Center for Women and Children
The Primo Center provides a continuum of housing solutions combined with mental health and support services to homeless women, men and children. The agency is committed to breaking the cycles of poverty, violence and homelessness, allowing families to eventually thrive in their home communities. Learn more at www.primocenter.org.

About Christine Achre
Ms. Achre is presently the CEO of Primo Center for Women and Children, a comprehensive social services organization located in Chicago and focused on breaking the cycle of homelessness in families. As a trained clinician with expertise in trauma-informed care, Ms. Achre has provided services to homeless families since 1995 and has focused on program development, research, and clinical practice, geared towards the implementation of best practices for homeless families. She has also worked within the children’s mental health sector and has participated in the dialogue on the administration and financing for a comprehensive system of care for children.