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The 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.
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.
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.
PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE FRIEND OF HOUSING AWARD
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