Housing and Community Development Innovators Receive Awards of Excellence from NAHRO

 

 (Washington, D.C. – October  4, 2018) – The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) recently awarded 22 prestigious 2018 Awards of Excellence to 19 housing and community development organizations for creating innovative programs that stimulate positive change in their community. The winners are listed below.

“These agencies are leaders in the housing and community development industry,” said NAHRO President Carl S. Richie, Jr. “Their innovative approaches improve the lives of their residents and revitalize their local communities, and I am proud to celebrate their achievements.”

The twenty-two 2018 NAHRO Awards of Excellence programs were selected by regional juries from a pool of 193 Awards of Merit recipients. In order to be considered, the programs must improve resident outcomes, resolve problems, and be replicable by organizations of similar size. They must also produce tangible results such as cost savings, enhanced productivity, improved client services, and better service coordination.

 “Our industry is continuously finding new ways to address changing local needs and to create opportunities in their communities,” said NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman, “Congratulations to this year’s leaders in innovation!”

Contact: Sylvia Gimenez

Email: sgimenez@nahro.org

 

Agency

Category

Program Title

Bath Housing (Maine)

Resident and Client Services

Comfortably Home

Brainerd HRA/Crow Wing County HRA (Minnesota)

Community Revitalization

Revival of Tax Forfeited Residential Subdivisions

Cook Inlet Housing Authority (Alaska)

Affordable Housing

3600 Spenard

Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (Virginia)

Project Design

Residences at Government Center

Housing Authority of Northumberland County (Pennsylvania)

Community Revitalization

Phoenix Court Apartments

Housing Authority of the City of Meadville (Pennsylvania)

Resident and Client Services

STEM Connection After-School Program

Housing Authority of the City of Yakima (Washington)

Affordable Housing

Cosecha Court Homeless Housing

Housing Authority of the County of Chester (Pennsylvania)

Project Design

The Whitehall - Affordable Veterans Housing

Housing Catalyst (Colorado)

Project Design

Village on Redwood, A Sustainable Community

Houston Housing Authority (Texas)

Resident and Client Services

Houston's Homeless Mayor's Challenge: Success!

Los Angeles County Community Development Commission (California)

Resident and Client Services

Promoting Healthy Communities for Seniors

Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority (Virginia)

Resident and Client Services

Financial Freedom: What is it Worth?

Oakland Housing Authority (California)

Community Revitalization

Acts Cyrene Apartments-Full of Love

Oakland Housing Authority (California)

Project Design

Prosperity Place

San Antonio Housing Authority (Texas)

Administrative Innovation

Cyber Security Awareness - Battling Human Error

San Antonio Housing Authority (Texas)

Project Design

East Meadows

San Diego Housing Commission (California)

Affordable Housing

Housing Our Heroes

Sarasota Housing Authority (Florida)

Resident and Client Services

Attendance Matters

Seattle Housing Authority (Washington)

 

Administrative Innovation

Lean Public Housing Inspections

Seattle Housing Authority (Washington)

Administrative Innovation

Specialized Maintenance & Repair Training Program

Vancouver Housing Authority (Washington)

Affordable Housing

Lincoln Place Apartments Collaboration

Winder Housing Authority (Georgia)

Community Revitalization

Wimberly Center for Community Development

More information about the programs is available here.

About the Awards

The 2018 NAHRO Awards of Excellence winners who are recognized for outstanding achievement in housing and community development programs in five categories: Administrative Innovation recognizes innovative methods in areas such as maintenance, community relations, and interagency cooperation. Program InnovationAffordable Housing includes special programs for homeownership, public/private partnerships, and innovative financing. Program InnovationCommunity Revitalization includes innovative use of programs in areas such as economic development, neighborhood preservation, and creative financing. Program InnovationResident and Client Services includes innovative use of programs such as special activities for children, families, and the elderly, anti-drug programs, social services, and self-sufficiency. Project Design includes efforts such as new housing design, housing modernization, enduring design, and landscape design.

The NAHRO Agency Awards program was created 19 years ago to recognize agencies who found innovative ways of making a difference in their communities and in the lives of the people they serve by creating affordable housing, revitalizing their neighborhoods, and developing initiatives such as job readiness programs, public-private partnerships, disaster prevention projects, and more. The selected programs were innovative in their approach to creating and utilizing creative systems to implement essential housing and community development programs. These programs can be replicated by other agencies to resolve industry-wide problems.

About NAHRO

NAHRO, established in 1933, is a membership organization of nearly 20,000 housing and community development agencies and professionals throughout the United States whose mission is to create affordable housing and safe, viable communities that enhance the quality of life for all Americans, especially those of low- and moderate-income. NAHRO's membership administers more than 3 million housing units for 7.6 million people.

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