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Friend of Housing Awards

Congratulations to our 2022 Friend of Housing winners!

Antonia Medrano: Emerging Leader Award

Terry Britt: Unsung Hero

Nancy Nash-Mendez: Community Crisis Response Award

Bremerton Housing Authority: Community Crisis Response Award

Rep. Frank Chopp: Housing Intersection Award

Maureen Howard: Margaret Sevy Lifetime Achievement Award

Since 2020, the Friend of Housing Awards have been given in the following categories:

Margret Sevy Lifetime Achievement Award: Honoring individuals who over the course of their career have shown remarkable and sustained leadership and made an impactful contribution to affordable housing in Washington state

Emerging Leader: Honoring individuals new to the housing industry (under 3 years) who show exemplary leadership in their organization or community.

Racial Equity Initiative: Honoring initiatives that address, in a demonstrably effective way, systemic racism in the housing industry.

Empowering Housing Residents: Honoring initiatives or programs (multifamily or single-family) that are resident-led or that have resulted in residents becoming engaged and active in improving their community.

Community Crisis Response: Honoring individuals, organizations or initiatives in the affordable housing field that have successfully responded to a community crisis, such as disaster, pandemic, major defunding, or other unexpected event.

Housing Intersection: Honoring those who work outside the affordable-housing field and whose work has positively impacted affordable housing production, management, resident well-being, etc.

Unsung Hero: Honoring someone who may not occupy a position high in profile or leadership, but whose efforts behind the scenes have had a far-reaching impact.

Housing Inclusion: Honoring initiatives that reduce housing barriers (whether rental or homeownership) for those who have been traditional marginalized by race, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, or other reason.

Sustainable Housing: Honoring people or initiatives that focus on environmentally sustainable housing in such areas as construction, energy efficiency, property management, etc.

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE FRIEND OF HOUSING AWARD

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The selection committee evaluates nominees according to their active commitment in the previous twelve months:

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

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the Friend of Housing Award, please contact Margret Graham at margret.graham@wshfc.org.

    

 
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