The Louisiana Housing Alliance (LHA), an NLIHC State Coalition Partner, will hold its annual Affordable Housing and Community Development Awards Luncheon on January 30
LHA will honor Mrs. Charlotte Bourgeois with its first ever Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the more than thirty years she has dedicated to creating quality affordable housing for all Louisianans. Mrs. Bourgeois recently retired from her position as Executive Director of the Louisiana Association of Affordable Housing Providers (LAAHP), a nonprofit organization that advocates for legislation and programs that contribute to the development of a viable affordable housing inventory in Louisiana. Prior to her tenure with LAAHP, Mrs. Bourgeois served as Chief Operating Officer of Providence Community Housing, and worked with Catholic Charities, UJAMAA CDC, the Tulane/Canal Neighborhood Development Corporation, and Willwoods Community.
LHA will award Mr. Frederick Tombar III its State Champion award in recognition of his leadership in housing. Currently Mr. Tombar serves as Executive Director of the Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC). Before joining LHC, Mr. Tombar served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. As Senior Advisor, he was responsible for leading HUD’s strategic direction and overall policy development. He also coordinated HUD’s disaster and recovery programs for the Secretary.
Others to receive awards include Abby Johnson and Jessica Venegas of Unity & Common Ground New Orleans, and Jason Tudor of AARP. Developments receiving awards are the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority for its Copper Oaks Residential Community and CDI, INC. for its Renaissance Gateway Apartments.
Louisiana Housing Alliance Executive Director, and NLIHC board member, Marla Newman comments “Hard-working Louisianans deserve a safe place to call home, and this year we are delighted to recognize the efforts of housing advocates who have worked their entire careers to make that a reality. We hope individuals from across the state will join us to acknowledge the important work that these community leaders are doing.”
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