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NAHRO Honors Senator Tina Smith with Legislator of the Year Award 

Sen. Tina Smith

(Washington, D.C.) – The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) is honoring Senator Tina Smith with the Legislator of the Year award at a virtual ceremony during the association’s Online Washington Conference. 

Sen. Smith (D-MN) currently serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development. Since her time in office, she’s advocated for more funding to improve public housing infrastructure. In February 2021, she re-introduced her Public Housing Fire Safety Act. The bill would create a $25,00,000 grant program for the installation of automatic sprinkler systems in public housing.  

Additionally, in her role as Chair of the Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development, she’s presided over hearings on “Preserving and Improving Federally Assisted Housing” and “Housing for Native Americans.”   

“We know that without a safe, affordable place to live, nothing else in life works – not your job, your health, your family, or your education,” Senator Smith said. “I want to thank NAHRO for this recognition. In the Senate, I will continue working to improve access to affordable, safe housing, especially for the most vulnerable communities.” 

NAHRO’s Legislator of the Year Award honors members of Congress who are strong advocates for housing and community development programs and for the NAHRO members who administer them. 

“NAHRO is pleased to honor Sen. Smith with this well-deserved award,” NAHRO Interim CEO Mike Gerber said. “She’s a fierce ally in advocating for safe, decent, and affordable housing. I applaud her efforts to continue pushing for better public housing infrastructure and ensuring our most vulnerable populations have access to housing.”  

About NAHRO 

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. 

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