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WASHINGTON, D.C.- HousingWire honored Sheila Crowley, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), as one of this year’s 40 influential women in housing for her leadership on “the nationwide effort to secure funding for the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), the new dedicated resource for the production of new housing affordable to the lowest income people.”
“The women recognized this year had to compete against a formidable roster of executives who are not only excelling in their respective companies, but influencing people and processes throughout our industry,” said Sarah Wheeler, Editor of HousingWire Magazine. The awardees represent every part of the housing economy, from lenders and servicers to real estate agents and housing nonprofits. According to the HousingWire’s editorial selection committee, the competition was greater than ever this year—the fifth year of the award.
The 2015 HousingWire Women of Influence awardees include CEOs, presidents, executive directors, CFOs, senior vice presidents and executive vice presidents. Many of the women who are helming companies and organizations also founded or co-founded their enterprises, while others are leading legacy organizations in new directions. The winners had to demonstrate tangible accomplishments in the last 12 months within the context of their companies and organizations, and also show influence in the industry at large.
NLIHC President and CEO Sheila Crowley received the 2015 HousingWire Women of Influence award for her persistent leadership of a large coalition of affordable housing advocates in a successful campaign to secure a dedicated source of funding for the NHTF. The award also recognizes Sheila for her leadership of NLIHC’s current efforts to educate and train state and local advocates so that they can impact the use of NHTF funds when they start to flow in 2016. She is also recognized for her leadership of the United for Homes campaign, which proposes to modify the mortgage interest deduction so that it provides millions of additional low- and moderate-income homeowners a tax break while making significant revenues available to end homelessness and housing poverty.
Sheila joined NLIHC in December 1988 and has devoted herself to the organization’s mission to achieve “socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.”
According to HousingWire, “Sheila is considered the ‘conscience of the housing industry’ – trusted by Congress and the administration, by officials across the political spectrum, and by other industry leaders, for using rigorous research and data, and for being a reasoned, informed advocate for policies that benefit extremely low income households.”
Established in 1974 by Cushing N. Dolbeare, the National Low income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest income in the United States have affordable and decent homes.