Housing America Campaign
For more than 15 years, October has been Housing America Month, when NAHRO and its members collectively raise awareness about affordable housing. Events around the country showcase the affordable housing and innovative service programs administered by housing and redevelopment agencies, the success stories of their residents, and the commitments that local and state leaders make to affordable housing in their communities.
The NAHRO Merit College Scholarship awards $1,000 each to eight scholars, one from each NAHRO region, who are pursuing their first post-secondary degree. Each NAHRO region submits an applicant of their choice from their own scholarship program (if no regional scholarship program is in place, the region will select one eligible applicant to complete the NAHRO Merit College Scholarship application).
From these eight scholarship winners, three students are chosen to become a part of the NAHRO-LDG Scholars program, a 10-year venture providing $1 million in scholarships and internship opportunities to low-income students from around the country. The program is funded by the award-winning multi-family housing developer, LDG Development.
NAHRO holds an annual national poster contest for youth who live in affordable housing owned or administered by NAHRO member agencies. Each piece of art shares the children’s thoughts on the theme of “What Home Means to Me.”
Hundreds of beautiful posters from children across the nation are entered in local, state and regional competitions, and 24 are sent to the national contest. A panel of judges then selects 12 winners and one grand prize winner, who is awarded a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet their elected representatives.
The winning posters are collected in the Housing America calendar, a year-long reminder of importance of safe, decent and affordable housing to children and families nationwide.