NAHRO recognizes both individuals and agencies who have bettered the affordable housing and community development industry.

Individual Awards

NAHRO offers a variety of awards and recognition to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the housing and community development field.

NAHRO Advocacy Award

NAHRO’s Advocacy Award, formerly known as the Mary K. Nenno Advocacy Award, pays homage to the recipient whose outstanding achievement and efforts reflect the importance of affordable housing and community development initiatives.
Deadline for applications: February 2, 2024

NAHRO Outstanding Professional of the Year 

NAHRO’s most prestigious award honors an exceptionally qualified person who has made outstanding contributions to the quality of life through service in the field of housing or community development. 
Deadline: July 1, 2024

Commissioner of the Year Award

The Commissioner of the Year Award, formerly known as the Elizabeth B. Wells Memorial Award, celebrates the accomplishments and service of an outstanding commissioner.   
Deadline: July 15, 2024

Emerging Leader Award 

Emerging Leader Award highlights an individual who has been involved in NAHRO at the national, regional and/or chapter levels for at least five years and has distinguished him/herself as an Emerging Leader.
Deadline: July 1, 2024

The International Research and Global Exchange Award

The International Research and Global Exchange Award, formerly known as the John D. Lange International Award, acknowledges a person who has made contributions to the international community.  
Deadline: June 10, 2024

NAHRO Fellowship Program

NAHRO Fellowship Program venerates recipients who have demonstrated exemplary qualities as housing and community development advocates, professionals and/or volunteers. Current sitting Fellows shall make recommendations for nominations to the other Fellows. Pre-approved nominees will then submit their application for review and final approval.
Deadline for pre-approved nominees to submit their applications is July 1, 2024.

Roll of Achievers

Roll of Achievers showcases residents who have made noteworthy efforts to improve as an individual or as a member of the community. Deadline: Rolling admissions.

Recipients of the Emerging Leader, Outstanding Professional of the Year, International Research and Global Exchange and Commissioner of the Year awards are honored at NAHRO’s National Conference.

Awards for Agencies

NAHRO provides opportunities for its member agencies to receive national recognition for their innovative housing and community development projects, programs, and services.   These awards provide additional opportunities to inform the public of the best in housing and community development; and to create a resource bank of information on significant innovative activities performed by housing and redevelopment agencies and community development departments. Information from award recipients is also used to support NAHRO’s positions at HUD and in Congress.

Awards of Merit

These Awards are available to member agencies to showcase their innovative programs. The Merit Award winners are featured during the Summer Conference.  A Members-Only searchable Awards Best Practices Database includes the winning Merit Award entries since 2000. The current Awards of Merit catalog is available here.

The 2024 Awards of Merit Application period is open!
Early bird deadline: March 15, 2024.
Last call deadline: Extended to April 26, 2024.

Awards of Excellence

Nominated from among the Award of Merit winners each year, these Awards are chosen by national juries.  They represent the very best in innovative programs in assisted housing and community development.