John Henneberger, co-director of the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service (TxLIHIS), is one of the MacArthur Foundation’s 2014 Fellows. In 1988, John and Karen Paup co-founded TxLIHIS, an NLIHC State Coalition Partner. In 2006, TxLIHIS received
NLIHC’s Community Advocacy Award. John is a past member of the NLIHC Board of Directors.
NLIHC congratulates our long-time, valued colleague on this prestigious award.
The MacArthur Fellow awards, informally known as genius grants, recognize creative individuals who have a track record of achievement as well as the potential to make significant future contributions. Each of this year’s 21 Fellows announced on September 17 will receive a stipend of $625,000 with no stipulations or reporting requirements, allowing them freedom to pursue their creative visions.
The MacArthur Foundation describes John as “an advocate for fair and affordable housing who has created a new paradigm for post-disaster rebuilding,” adding that John is “skilled at identifying points of agreement among parties with varying, often opposing, economic interests and political views – such as developers, elected officials, and community members. Henneberger was an architect of a conciliation agreement with the State of Texas for Hurricanes Dolly and Ike post-disaster rebuilding that transformed the way that Texas and its local governments address affordable housing, community development, and fair housing.”
In a blog post following the announcement, John wrote: “This recognition comes to me in large part because of my association with an extraordinary group of colleagues and associates and the importance of the issues we work on together. My colleagues and associates include neighborhood leaders called to fight inequality, discrimination and injustice, community organizers, policy experts and advocates, academics, government officials, and community developers. Together, we work for decent, affordable homes, fair housing and neighborhood equality. We believe these things must be realized both as a matter of justice and in order to solve our country’s most important social and economic problems. We are using a powerful tool to advance these objectives, the Fair Housing Act of 1968.”
John intends to work with the staff and board of TxLIHIS to determine how to best advance fair housing, affordable housing, and neighborhood equality in five areas:
- Carrying out fair housing and neighborhood rights campaigns led by leaders from lower income communities, organized by the Texas Organizing Project (TOP) and the Galveston County Collaborating Organizations.
- Ensuring Hurricane Ike and Dolly disaster rebuilding affirmatively furthers fair housing with TxLIHIS’s partner, Texas Appleseed led by Maddie Sloan.
- Developing a rapid post-disaster housing rebuilding model that treats lower income people fairly, based on the RAPIDO initiative of the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville and the Building Communities workshop.
- Securing decent living conditions in Texas border colonias through initiatives led by resident leaders of colonias organized by La Unión Del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) and A Resource in Serving Equality (ARISE).
- Building a citizen’s movement to expand affordable housing and integrated neighborhoods in Austin.
The MacArthur Foundation’s profile of John is at, http://www.macfound.org/fellows/916
John’s Thoughts “On being named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow” is at http://texashousers.net/2014/09/17/on-being-named-a-2014-macarthur-fellow
Other 2014 MacArthur Fellows are at http://www.macfound.org/fellows/class/class-2014