NLIHC is pleased to announce the 2013 recipients of the Edward W. Brooke III Housing Leadership Award and the Cushing N. Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award. The awards will be presented at NLIHC’s 31st Housing Leadership Awards Reception on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill.
Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) will be honored with the 2013 Edward W. Brooke, III Housing Leadership Award. Senator Snowe is retiring in 2012 after 18 years in the U.S. Senate. Before being elected to the Senate, she represented Maine’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years. Focusing her attention on efforts to build bipartisan consensus on key issues, Snowe built a reputation as one of the Congress’ leading moderates. Senator Snowe was the first Republican in the Senate to support NLIHC’s signature legislation, the National Housing Trust Fund. She was the original Republican co-sponsor of NHTF legislation in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007, opening the door for bipartisan cooperation to advance the bill. She has been a staunch supporter of protecting and expanding affordable housing nationally and in her home state of Maine. Her aisle-crossing approach to collaboration will be missed on Capitol Hill.
Chester Hartman will be honored with the Cushing N. Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award. Hartman, an urban planner and author, is Director of Research for the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, for which he was founding Executive Director from 1989-2003. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Department of Sociology, George Washington University (where he is a member of SEIU Local 500, The Coalition of Academic Labor, which he helped organize and create). Prior to taking his present position, he was a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, and of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. He holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Harvard and served on the faculty there as well as at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Cornell, the University of California-Berkeley, American University, and Columbia University. Hartman was an original member of the ad hoc coalition that predates NLIHC, and he includes his service on the NLIHC Board of Directors among his many accomplishments. His extensive list of published works includes a range of books to be found on academic syllabi and personal bookshelves alike. His articles have appeared in The Nation, Social Work, Virginia Law Review, Journal of the American Planning Association, Progressive Architecture, The Village Voice, Encyclopedia of Social Work and Social Policy, among others. There is no one who has studied urban or housing policy in the U.S. in the last 30 years who has not learned from Chester Hartman’s scholarship.
The Brooke Award is named for Senator Edward W. Brooke, III (R-MA, retired), who was a champion for housing for low income people when he was in the U.S. Senate and served as the Chairman of the NLIHC Board of Directors after his retirement from the Senate. Senator Brooke remains a stalwart supporter of NLIHC. The Dolbeare Award is named for Cushing Niles Dolbeare, who founded NLIHC in 1974 and remained active in housing policy advocacy up until her death in 2005. Cushing received the Heinz Award for the Human Condition in 2002 and donated the $250,000 award to NLIHC to establish the Cushing Dolbeare Endowment Fund.
The Housing Leadership Awards Reception is NLIHC’s sole annual fundraising event and is vital to the continued success of NLIHC’s education, research, outreach and advocacy programs.
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