2023 Spring Conference
Edwin Edgardo Otero-Cuevas is a service oriented professional, with a strong vision of community since his beginnings working with LGBTQI+ community, the homeless, women fleeing domestic violence, vulnerable communities, people living with HIV/AIDS, drug users, advocacy, programs administration, volunteer program management, access to resources and fundraising. With a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, as well as a master's degree in Public Health Education from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, Edwin has dedicated himself to working in non-profit organizations for the past 22 years. Also, he has being a grant writer during the last 15 years, specifically for new construction of housing projects for the homeless, supportive services and operations, and implementing Housing First and Rapid Rehousing programs, among others. Some of Edwin's favorite activities are strategic planning processes, SWOT analysis, formulating solutions to problems, discussing controversial issues that directly affect communities, and others. Even when he is one of the directors of the first and largest non-profit in Puerto Rico founded to provide services to the homeless, and now to vulnerable communities in over 25 municipalities around the island, direct contact with participants is essential for him, having the opportunity to support them with their objectives and celebrating their achievements, including access to permanent housing. Just like his colleagues in both COCs of Puerto Rico, his goal is still to help end homelessness on the island, and that every person, family, and community can reach their highest possible level of self-sufficiency.