NAHRO Honors Local Agencies for Innovative Solutions

 

(Washington, D.C. – October  3, 2019) – The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) recently awarded 24 prestigious 2019 Awards of Excellence to 20 housing and community development organizations for creating innovative programs that stimulate positive change in their community.

“I’m so proud of the hard work and creativity of these agencies,” said NAHRO President Carl S. Richie, Jr. “They are developing innovative solutions to provide vital affordable housing in their neighborhoods and to strengthen their communities.”

The 24 award-winning programs were selected by regional juries from a pool of 207 Awards of Merit recipients. The winning 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.

 “These leaders have found creative and efficient ways to solve problems, meet their communities’ needs and provide access to opportunities,” said NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman. “Congratulations to this year’s innovators!”

Contact: Sylvia Gimenez

Email: sgimenez@nahro.org

 

Organization

Category

Program Title

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

Project Design

West Union Square

City of Wichita Housing Authority

Resident and Client Services

sayYes!/CHAMPS Youth Development Program

Cook Inlet Housing Authority

Affordable Housing

Woven House and Creekview Plaza II (AVS56)

East Greenwich Housing Authority

Administrative Innovation

Do More With AmeriCorps

Everett Housing Authority

Administrative Innovation

Online Section 8 Annual Recertifications

Housing Authority City of Yuma

Resident and Client Services

SHINE Mentor Program

Housing Authority of Salt Lake City

Project Design

9th E. Lofts at Bennion Plaza

Housing Authority of Salt Lake City

Resident and Client Services

Framing Program-Persons Experiencing Homelessness

Housing Authority of the City of Aurora

Project Design

Village at Westerly Creek 3

Housing Authority of the City of New Britain

Resident and Client Services

NBHA Parenting Club Paint Night

Housing Catalyst

Community Revitalization

Village on Shields Major Rehabilitation

Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County

Affordable Housing

The Lindley

Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County

Project Design

The Lindley

Houston Housing Authority

Community Revitalization

“See Something, Say Something" Safety Program

King County Housing Authority

Administrative Innovation

Rent Increase Request Process Improvement

Los Angeles County Development Authority

Project Design

Liberty Community Plaza

Metro West Housing Solutions

Affordable Housing

Fifty Eight Hundred

Metro West Housing Solutions

Community Revitalization

Fifty Eight Hundred

National CORE

Community Revitalization

Olive Meadow

New Hope Housing Inc.

Affordable Housing

New Hope Housing Harrisburg

Public Housing Agency of the City of Saint Paul

Administrative Innovation

Community Solar Gardens, Sustainable Energy Use

San Antonio Housing Authority

Project Design

Wheatley Park Senior Living

 

About the Awards

The 2019 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 20 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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