When Cushing N. Dolbeare founded the Ad-hoc Low Income Housing Coalition in 1974, only two women had served as a Cabinet Secretary. Francis Perkins was Labor Secretary in the Roosevelt and Truman Administrations. Olveta Culp Hobby served President Dwight Eisenhower as the first Secretary of the new Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Before the end of the 1970s, two women would serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Carla Hills (Ford Administration) and Patricia Harris (Carter Administration).
Cushing was one a pioneering woman policy leader, who became widely recognized as one of the top housing policy experts in the country and the godmother of the affordable housing advocacy movement.
NLIHC will mark its 40th anniversary throughout 2014, culminating in commemorative event on Monday, November 17 in Washington, DC. Please save the date.