NLIHC is soliciting nominations for its first Resident Organizing Award, to be presented at NLIHC’s Annual Housing Policy Conference in March 2012.
The award will be given for outstanding achievement in the 2011 calendar year for resident organizing activity at the state or local level that furthers the mission of NLIHC: achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.
Such activity could include, but is not limited to: significant improvement to the conditions of a building; developing a resident-driven organization or campaign which has influenced local, state, or federal housing policies; successfully initiating changes in the management and/or ownership of an affordable housing development resulting in documented improvements to resident quality of life and increased resident participation; or purchasing or preserving the long-term affordability of a property with an expiring HUD contract.
Eligible organizations must be NLIHC members. They must be tenant-governed organizations, such as a resident council or tenant association. They may self-nominate. The deadline for nominations is 5 pm ET on Friday, February 10. A committee of judges will include NLIHC low income board members, and their decisions will be final.
The honoree will be notified before NLIHC’s annual conference, scheduled for March 25-28. Two representatives of the honored organization will receive free conference registration as well as complimentary hotel accommodations and transportation to Washington, D.C. to accept the award.
To nominate an organization, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Resident Organizing Award” in the subject line. The body of the email should contain the following information:
- Name of and contact information for nominated organization.
- Name of and contact information for nominating person/organization (if different).
- Description of the organization’s achievement in the area of resident organizing in 2011, and how that achievement assists in the furthering of NLIHC’s mission (1,000 word maximum).
- If appropriate, supporting materials, such as press clips or campaign materials, that describe the activity or its impact (optional; should be attached to the email in the form of a .pdf).
Entry materials or a version of them may be circulated to NLIHC conference attendees and members and/or posted on NLIHC’s website.
For more information contact Mary Kolar, Outreach Associate, at email@example.com.