Thursday, June 17, 2010

Simple Ideas to Scale Up: Builders of Hope

While last week’s NHC Annual Gala was a celebration, it was also a chance for housing leaders to come together and share innovative strategies for Housing’s New Era. As our communities face new, widespread challenges, often the most transformative solutions come from simple ideas that can be scaled up.

At the Gala last Wednesday, in addition to honoring the “Housing Person of the Year,” the housing community recognized Builders of Hope (BOH), based in Raleigh, NC, as the recipient of the Pioneering Housing Strategies Award. BOH’s “Building Green Communities” model hits three birds with one stone, accounting for the effects of climate change while providing affordable housing options and rebuilding the lives of former offenders re-entering the workforce.

BOH’s Emily Egge spoke with Open House at the Gala about how the award can help bring her organization’s model to the next level nationally. For more on “Building Green Communities,” please visit Builders of Hope’s web site.

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