NLIHC will honor Lisa Hasegawa, former executive director of the National Coalition for Asian and Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD) and NLIHC board member; Matthew Desmond, MacArthur Genius awardee and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City; and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) at NLIHC’s annual Housing Leadership Awards Reception taking place in Washington DC on March 20. Make a donation in the awardees’ honor and/or register to attend the event today.
Ms. Hasegawa will receive the Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award for leading national efforts at National CAPACD to bring visibility to low income Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and working in coalition with other civil rights organizations and advocates for people who are poor. Ms. Hasegawa often points out that inclusion of AAPIs in the narrative of who is poor pushes back on attempts to use Asian Americans as a wedge to divide communities of color, or as justification that racism and white supremacy no longer exist. Prior to National CAPACD, she was the community liaison of the White House Initiative on AAPIs and worked to ensure federal agencies had adequate data and responded to needs in diverse low income AAPI communities. In 2017 Ms. Hasegawa was named one of UCLA's activists in residence at the Institute for Inequality and Democracy and the Asian American Studies Center. She currently is a principal at Fireflower Partners. For her entire career, Ms. Hasegawa has worked at the intersections of civil and human rights, affordable housing and public health, and community development and organizing.
Dr. Desmond will be the first-ever recipient of the Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award for his groundbreaking work to elevate the need for affordable housing for the lowest income people in America. Dr. Desmond, a professor in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University and principal investigator of The Eviction Lab, brings readers of his brilliant book Evicted into the lives of eight families struggling to get by in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee, and demonstrates how, in Dr. Desmond’s words, “eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty.” Through this book and others, his articles in major news publications and journals, and public appearances around the country, Dr. Desmond has heightened public and policy-maker awareness about issues of racial, social, and housing justice and called for bold solutions.
Senator Collins will receive the 2018 Edward Brooke Housing Leadership Award for being a steadfast defender of affordable housing and homelessness programs for many years in the U.S. Senate. As the chair of the Transportation/HUD Appropriations Subcommittee, she has been a bulwark opposing proposed cuts to critical HUD programs for many years. Ms. Collins was one of the first co-sponsors of the bill that created and funded the national Housing Trust Fund; she has been a vocal supporter of the Housing First model for addressing homelessness; she was a cosponsor and supporter of the “Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act;” and she played an instrumental role in enacting reforms to strengthen rental assistance programs. She has led efforts to protect the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the national Housing Trust Fund, and introduced and shepherded legislation to protect HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. She is also a champion of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit.
Please make a Leadership Award Reception sponsorship donation honoring these leaders and supporting NLIHC’s mission of promoting socially just public policy to ensure the lowest income people in America have decent, affordable homes. To register for the 2018 Leadership Reception at which Ms. Hasegawa, Dr. Desmond, and Ms. Collins will be recognized, contact Christina Sin at firstname.lastname@example.org or register online (a separate ticket from the NLIHC Housing Policy Forum, taking place the same week, is required to attend the reception).