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Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Wins Award of Excellence for Administrative Innovation

(Washington D.C. -Nov. 17, 2020) –The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is a 2020 recipient of the Award of Excellence for Administrative Innovation by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) for launching the annual Housing Santa Barbara Day. 

“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.” 

Looking for a way to connect HSBD residents with affordable housing resources and encourage them to advocate for expanded housing opportunities for their own community, the inaugural Housing Santa Barbara Day was held Oct. 13, 2018.  Collaborating with over 30 local partners, housing providers and other agencies the housing authority provided about 3,000 residents with information and access to six elected officials to organize community advocacy and create solutions. The event continues to be held in the fall, hosting workshops on tenants’ rights and first-time homebuyers’ opportunities.  

“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. 

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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