Tuesday, March 7, 2017

NHC’s Gala honorees are moving housing forward

by Chris Estes, National Housing Conference

I hope you’ll join NHC for our 45th Annual Housing Visionary Award Gala and 2017 Annual Policy Symposium on June 8 and 9 in Washington, D.C.!

The Housing Visionary Awards Gala honors great examples of collaborative, comprehensive community development work. This year NHC is proud to honor Habitat for Humanity International and Rebuilding Together.

Both organizations are well-known for the mobilization of thousands of volunteers to build and repair homes for low-income households. They continue to innovate beyond their founding models and have evolved in initiatives that improve outcomes and maximize the community development impacts of their work.

Habitat has moved away from single green field developments to more infill partnerships with other housing and community development efforts. Their builds often are part of larger development strategies that include Low Income Housing Tax Credit developments, rehab and repair of existing homes with partners like Rebuilding Together, and school and small business development with partners utilizing the New Markets Tax Credit.

Similarly, Rebuilding Together has progressed from their all-volunteer “Christmas in July” home repair origins to using sophisticated evaluation of air quality, energy efficiency and overall healthy home metrics to drive their work. Rebuilding Together also partners with groups like Habitat, community development organizations like NeighborWorks® America and for-profit developers doing new single-family and multifamily development in the same neighborhood.

At the Gala, we’ll also honor former HUD secretary Shaun Donovan, and Rep. Pat Tiberi of Ohio's 12th District for his long support for affordable housing.

Rep. Tiberi has been a tireless champion of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and New Markets Tax Credit programs, the nation’s most productive public-private affordable housing and economic development partnerships. Former Sec. Donovan led HUD through the nation’s most severe housing crisis and made important new advancements in combating homelessness and the redevelopment of public housing through the RAD program.

I hope you’ll join me at this important gathering to honor these great organizations and policy leaders, and attend our Annual Policy Symposium the next day. Visit our website for more information on how to purchase tickets and tables, become a sponsor or register for the PolicySymposium.

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