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Friend of Housing Awards

Housing Washington 2015The Friend of Housing Awards are presented each year to individuals or organizations who have made exceptional contributions to creating or supporting affordable housing.  The Commission also recognizes individuals for sustained and exceptional contributions with the Margaret M. Sevy Affordable Housing Lifetime Achievement Award.

News Release: Friends of Housing honored for leadership, inspiration (PDF) 10/11/2016 | The Commission has honored six individuals as “Friends of Housing” for their work to create, support and advocate for affordable housing in Washington state. In addition, the Commission presented the Margaret M. Sevy Affordable Housing Lifetime Achievement Award. Awards were presented on October 5, 2016, during Housing Washington 2016.

2016 Friend of Housing and Sevy Awardees
Friends of Housing: Pictured from L to R: Michael Mirra (Sevy Lifetime Achievement Award), Stephen Norman, Betsy Hunter, Marilee Roloff, and Chris Lowell. Not pictured: Joanne Quinn and Robert Rozen.

2016 Margaret M. Sevy Affordable Housing Lifetime Achievement Award:

Michael Mirra, Tacoma Housing Authority

2016 Friend of Housing Awards:

Chris Lowell, Housing Authority of Thurston County

Marilee Roloff of Spokane, most recently Volunteers of America Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho

Stephen Norman, King County Housing Authority

Betsy Hunter, Plymouth Housing Group

Joanne Quinn, most recently Seattle Office of Housing

Robert Rozen, Ernst & Young, a longtime leader in the fight for the housing tax credit nationally


The selection committee evaluates nominees according to the following criteria:

Active commitment in the previous twelve months to address one or more of the needs: Housing-related programs; Innovative financing mechanisms for affordable housing; Educational efforts about affordable housing; Supporting others to solve affordable housing problems; Legislation/public policy that addresses our state's housing needs.

Innovation, leadership, creativity, or partnership that goes above and beyond the nominee’s job duties;

Specific examples, quantified results, and other details that show the nominee’s impact.


1994 through 2015


Please contact Lana Jacobus at lana.jacobus@wshfc.org or 206-287-4441.


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