NAHRO Honors Craig Maraschky with Advocacy Award
(Washington, D.C. – March 4, 2021)– The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) has honored Craig Maraschky, Executive Director of the Aurora Housing Authority, with this year’s Advocacy Award, which recognizes outstanding and innovative achievements in the arena of legislative advocacy. The award was presented on Wednesday, March 3, during NAHRO’s online Washington Conference.
Maraschky has served on the Board of Housing Colorado since 2017 and has been leading the Aurora Housing Authority for more than 13 years. In addition to his leadership role at the Aurora Housing Authority, Maraschky serves on NAHRO’s Legislative Network. He is well versed in legislative actions in Colorado, maintains relationships with elected officials and their staff, and is a well-known advocate for affordable housing.
“It’s my privilege to honor Craig as the recipient of NAHRO’s Advocacy Award,” NAHRO President Sunny Shaw said. “Many years ago, as I was beginning to understand and commit to advocating for our residents and the programs we use to serve them, Craig was a powerful example to me of how important it is to do that work. And he still is! His continued willingness to dedicate his time and talents to much-needed advocacy is inspiring – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“I’m very grateful to Craig for his work as an advocate,” said NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman. “Advocacy is a vital part of what NAHRO members do, and, this past year, has led to strong outcomes, such as more funding for public housing and CDBG, additional resources during the pandemic, and the recognition that housing is infrastructure, among other successes.”
NAHRO, which was established in 1933, is a membership organization of 20,000 housing and community development providers and professionals throughout the United States. NAHRO members create and manage affordable housing for low- and middle-income families, and support vibrant communities that enhance the quality of life for all. They administer more than 3 million homes for more than 8 million people.