City of Wichita Housing Authority Wins Award of Excellence for Resident and Client Services
(Washington D.C.-Nov. 17, 2020)- The City of Wichita’s Housing Authority (WHA) summer youth employment program is a 2020 recipient of the Award of Excellence for Resident and Client Services by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).
“This year’s award-winning agencies have given us innovative local solutions for increasing affordable housing stock and improving the lives of their residents,” NAHRO President Sunny Shaw said. “I am excited to honor them for their excellence.”
In 2019, WHA collaborated with its partners to establish the Helping Youth Prepare for Employment program. The goal of the program is to assist teens and young adults prepare for employment. HYPE is a result of working with four local groups in Wichita who leveraged services to ensure success of the youth participants. Last year, HYPE served 3,252 area youth with 1,210 finding employment with over 200 employers. Total wages earned by HYPE participants more than $1.4 million.
“NAHRO members have always been in the business of providing homes and improving lives – these awards commemorate shining examples of the vital work they do nationwide,” NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman said. “My sincere congratulations to this year’s winners.”
About Awards of Excellence
Nominated from among the Award of Merit winners each year, these Awards are chosen by national juries and presented at the annual National Conference and Exhibition. They represent the very best in innovative programs in assisted housing and community development.
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.