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FRIEND OF HOUSING AWARDS

2024 Friend of Housing award nominations now open!

The annual awards, presented by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, honor affordable housing champions — individuals, projects, or organizations who have made exceptional contributions to create or support affordable housing in Washington state. Learn more about the award categories and criteria below.
Nominations due Monday, July 1, 2024 at 5:00pm
Categories
Criteria

AWARD 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.

Friend of Housing Awards

  • 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.

Friend of Housing Award nominations will be evaluated by a selection committee using the following criteria:

 

  • Active commitment in the previous 12 months

  • Innovation, leadership, creativity, and/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

2023 Awardees

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2023 FRIENDS OF HOUSING AWARDEES

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Margaret Sevy Lifetime Achievement Award

Lucy Lepinski, Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners

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Racial Equity Initiative Award

Black Home Initiative

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Housing Intersection Award

Korean Women's Association

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Emerging Leader Award

Bao Nguyen, Seattle Housing Authority

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Sustainable Housing Award

HopeSource

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Unsung Hero Award

Liz Prince, DSHS Aging & Long-Term Supports Administration

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Unsung Hero Award

Gomer Roseman, Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity

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Unsung Hero Award

Suzanne Wyatt-Forester, OIC of Washington

2023 Coffee Talks

COFFEE TALKS
WITH 2023 FRIEND OF HOUSING AWARDEES

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Awardees featured include: Lucy Lepinski, Bao Nguyen, Liz Prince, HopeSource, and Korean Women's Association

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Awardees featured include: Black Home Initiative

Monday, November 20, 2023

Awardees featured include: Gomer Roseman

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