On the evening of March 29, the National Low Income Housing Coalition held its 29th Annual Leadership Awards Reception at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC. This year’s honorees were Nan Roman and Florence Wagman Roisman.
NLIHC honored Nan Roman with the Edward W. Brooke, III Housing Leadership Award and Florence Wagman Roisman with the Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award for the leading roles they have played in the successful development and implementation of policies that have made a positive and lasting difference in the lives of low income people.
The Edward W. Brooke, III Housing Leadership Award is named for Senator Brooke (R-MA), who championed low income housing as a United States Senator and as Chairman of the NLIHC Board of Directors upon leaving the Senate. The Brooke award goes to an exemplary housing leader with a record of fighting for affordable housing on the national level. Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, is the leading national voice on ending and preventing homelessness. The Alliance is a nonprofit, non-partisan, organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States. Under Ms. Roman’s direction, it seeks to end homelessness by improving policy, building capacity, and educating opinion leaders.
Ms. Roman was introduced by Barbara Poppe, Executive Director, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness and NLIHC President and CEO Sheila Crowley. Crowley presented her with the award.
In accepting the Edward W. Brooke, III Housing Leadership Award, Nan Roman said that “Housing is the solution to homelessness.” Ms. Roman said she was honored to receive an award named after Senator Brooke because, “he represents to me the conviction that decent housing as a platform that’s necessary for the achievement of human well being is a bi-partisan issue.” She concluded by saying that it is a tremendous honor to receive this award from her colleagues at NLIHC because the missions of NLIHC and the Alliance are “inextricably linked and our organizations have been great partners in the pursuit of them over the years.”
The Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award, named after NLIHC’s founder, goes to an individual who has demonstrated an unyielding commitment to achieving safe, decent and affordable homes for low income people over a long period of time. Florence Wagman Roisman has spent a lifetime working to improve low income housing policy. One of the signers of NLIHC’s original articles of incorporation, she now is the William F. Harvey Professor of Law at the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. Her career, which has spanned decades, has been devoted to legal services advocacy and teaching on low income housing, homelessness, housing discrimination and segregation.
Barbara Samuels, Managing Attorney - Fair Housing, ACLU of Maryland, and Patricia Mullahy Fugere, Executive Director, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, introduced Professor Wagman Roisman. NLIHC Chairman George Moses presented the award to Ms. Roisman.
On receiving the Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award, Professor Wagman Roisman said that she was “deeply grateful for this award and it was enormous privilege to learn from Cushing Dolbeare.” Professor Wagman Roisman applauded the work of NLIHC, and used her time to encourage banks to use the tools they have available to them in order to make positive changes in the lives of mortgage holders.
NLIHC First Vice President and Chair of the event’s Host Committee Donald Chamberlain thanked the members of the Host Committee and the many donors who made the event a successful fundraising event for NLIHC. He introduced Kenneth D. Wade, Senior Community Affairs Executive for Global Corporate Responsibility at Bank of America and thanked the bank for being the Host of this year’s reception. Mr. Wade said that, “of all the pressing issues that the bank is faced with – there is none greater than dealing with the current foreclosure challenges.” He thanked NLIHC for its strong advocacy on behalf of low income people.
The Leadership Awards Reception is NLIHC’s only fundraising event. View the complete list of donors at www.nlihc.org.