The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) recently honored the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB) with the 2019 Award of Merit in the Affordable Houisng category for Grace Village, and in the Resident and Client Services category for Bring the Vote Home and Young at Heart Senior Fair programs.
Grace Village is HACSB’s latest innovation in affordable housing, built on the former site of the Grace Lutheran Church and features 58 one-bedroom units, a community room, garden and food pantry and on-site supportive services. The “Bring the Vote Home” program was created with the mission of providing voter registration opportunities and electoral education to low-income households who are statistically less likely to engage in the electoral process. HACSB’s “Young at Heart Senior Fair” is held annually in partnership with various senior-serving community agencies, and is targeted to low-income seniors featuring dozens of community-based agencies to connect seniors to programs, information, and critical resources throughout the community.
“Congratulations to our 2019 Awards of Merit recipients,” said NAHRO President Carl S. Richie, Jr. “I am so proud of the great work they’re doing for their clients and their communities.”
The NAHRO Awards of Merit program was created 20 years ago to recognize agencies who found innovative ways of making a difference in their communities and in the lives of the people they serve by creating affordable housing, revitalizing their neighborhoods, and developing initiatives such as job readiness programs, public-private partnerships, disaster prevention projects, and more.
“The Awards of Merit catalog is more than a list of winners,” said NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman. “It’s a yearly compendium of some of the best work being done by housers and community builders nationwide. Congratulations to this year’s honorees!”
“Grace Village, Bring the Vote Home and the Young at Heart Senior Fair program are all examples of our community coming together to help others and make sure a need is met,” said Rob Fredericks, HACSB CEO. “I’m so proud of our staff, supporters and everyone who helped bring these to life. They’re truly worthy of the recognition.”
About the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara
The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is a local public agency created for the purpose of providing safe, decent, and quality affordable housing and supportive services to eligible persons with limited incomes, through a variety of federal, state, local and private resources. Since 1969, the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara has developed and/or secured over 3,400 units of affordable rental housing for Santa Barbara through a variety of federal, state, local and private funding sources. Please visit the website at www.hacsb.org
NAHRO, established in 1933, is a membership organization of nearly 20,000 housing and community development agencies and professionals throughout the United States whose mission is to create affordable housing and safe, viable communities that enhance the quality of life for all Americans, especially those of low- and moderate-income. NAHRO’s membership administers more than 3 million housing units for 7.6 million people.