Director, Housing, Health, and Human Services Center
Housing Authority of Bergen County (HABC)

Julia Orlando is the Director of the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center in Hackensack, NJ. The mission of this nationally recognized and award winning Center is to end homelessness in Bergen County.

Ms. Orlando has over 25 years of clinical and managerial experience developing and providing social services in New York and New Jersey to individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and others experiencing chronic homelessness, prisoner reentry or involved in jail diversion programs.

In 2016, Ms. Orlando provided leadership for the successful community-wide effort to end veteran homelessness in Bergen County as part of the Mayors Challenge. Bergen County is the first jurisdiction in the state and among the first 28 nationally to achieve this goal and was recognized at White House for their successful contributions to the First Lady’s Opening Doors Initiative to end Veterans Homelessness. Ms. Orlando also provided leadership that led to Bergen County becoming the first in the nation in 2017 to successfully reach functional zero for chronic homelessness in Bergen County and the only community to date to sustain zero for more than one year.

Ms. Orlando is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2017 “Distinguished Citizen of the Year” from the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce and the 2017 “Woman of Action” award from the YWCA of Bergen County. In 2016, Ms. Orlando was honored by the Making-It-Home organization for championing their efforts to furnish homes for formerly homeless individuals and was the recipient of the Citizen Community Service Award by the Bergen County Bar Foundation. In addition, Ms. Orlando was selected for recognition during Women’s History Month by the NJ General Assembly for her work to ameliorate poverty in New Jersey and by the SOS Veteran’s Stakeholder Group with the Distinguished Veteran Provider Award. She is also the 2013 recipient of the Care Plus NJ Foundation Courage Award for her achievements.

Ms. Orlando is a member of the Bergen County Human Services Advisory Council, and the Mental Health Board Professional Advisory Committee. Ms. Orlando currently serves as a Board of Trustee member for New Bridge Medical Center and Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County as well as an advisor to the Alliance Against Homelessness and the NJ Coalition to End Homelessness. Ms. Orlando is also an active member of Women United in Philanthropy. From 2012-14, Ms. Orlando served as a member of the Governor’s Interagency Council to End Homelessness and from 2015-2017 on the Governor’s Homeless Work Group charged with implementing the recommendations of the Council. Ms. Orlando serves on the faculty of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and has provided consultation and training for a wide variety of non-profit organizations.

Ms. Orlando earned her BS in Psychology from Fordham University and Master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Ms. Orlando is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor. Ms. Orlando is proud to be a certified instructor and provides mental health first aid training to further the efforts of the Stigma Free Initiative in Bergen County and serves as the Ambassador on the Stigma Free Taskforce in her hometown.

Ms. Orlando is a life-long Bergen County resident and lives in Oradell with her husband and two teenage sons.

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