Washington, D.C. (October 2, 2017) – The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) will honor 21 housing and community development agencies with Awards of Excellence for their innovative programs and initiatives. The official presentations will take place on Sunday, October 28 in Pittsburgh, Pa. during NAHRO’s National Conference and Exhibition. A complete list of the winning programs is available here.

NAHRO’s Awards of Excellence program honors the exemplary housing and community development work being done by our members,” said NAHRO President Steve Merritt. “They also provide fellow professionals with opportunities to learn from these agencies and the innovative ways they are improving the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

The 2017 NAHRO Awards of Excellence winners are chosen from the Awards of Merit honorees, who are recognized for outstanding achievement in housing and community development programs in five categories. Administrative Innovation recognizes innovative methods in areas such as maintenance, community relations, and interagency cooperation. Program Innovation — Affordable Housing includes special programs for homeownership, public/private partnerships, and innovative financing. Program Innovation — Community Revitalization includes innovative use of programs in areas such as economic development, neighborhood preservation, and creative financing. Program Innovation — Resident and Client Services includes innovative use of programs such as special activities for children, families, and the elderly, anti-drug programs, social services, and self-sufficiency. Project Design recognizes efforts such as new housing design, housing modernization, enduring design, and landscape design.

“Despite the growing need and tightening budgets facing NAHRO member agencies, leaders in the industry still find ways to serve their residents and communities,” said NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman. “NAHRO is proud to recognize these agencies and showcase their innovative methods to the general public.”

Both the NAHRO Awards of Merit and Excellence Programs were created to give national recognition to NAHRO housing and community development member organizations that have found innovative ways of making a difference in the communities and the lives of the people they serve. Established in 1989, the NAHRO Award of Merit program has honored more than 6,000 programs.

Agency Category Program Title
County of San Diego Dept. of Housing/Community Development Administrative Innovation Homelessness – Let’s Talk About It!
Spokane Housing Authority Administrative Innovation Referral Voucher Program
King County Housing Authority Administrative Innovation Speakers of the House: An Investment in Employees
Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara Affordable Housing Golden Inn and Village – Family and Senior
Boulder Housing Partners Affordable Housing Project Renovate
Fort Worth Housing Solutions Affordable Housing The Palm Tree Apartments
National Community Renaissance Affordable Housing Valencia Vista in San Bernardino, California
Fort Wayne Housing Authority Community Revitalization Creating a Consortium to Provide Superior Service
Lake County Housing Authority Community Revitalization Proactive Panel Discussion on Race Relations
Los Angeles County Community Development Commission Community Revitalization TGE-ERC Revitalizes Carmelitos Public Housing
San Francisco Housing Authority Community Revitalization The New Dr. Davis Center
Oakland Housing Authority Project Design AvéVista
Northeast Oregon Housing Authority Project Design Blue Springs Crossing Apartments
Metro West Housing Solutions Project Design CityScape at Belmar
Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara Project Design Golden Inn and Village – Family and Senior
Rockford Housing Authority Project Design Solar Installation w/STEM Resident Platform
Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino Project Design Valencia Grove Affordable Housing Community
Housing Authority of the City of Pocatello Resident and Client Services A Book For Every Child Initiative
Saint Paul Public Housing Agency Resident and Client Services Affordable Grocery Delivery Program
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Resident and Client Services Building for the Future
Los Angeles County Community Development Commission Resident and Client Services Comprehensive Health Services at Star Apartments
Housing Authority of the City of Santa Paula Resident and Client Services Oakwood Senior Apartments
Denver Housing Authority Resident and Client Services Tackling Mental Health through Patient Navigators

For more information about the agencies’ award-winning programs, see here.

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