Celebrate Jennifer Ho, 2020 Housing Leadership Award Honoree, on Aug. 26!

Join a live-stream celebration of 2020 Housing Leadership Award honoree Jennifer Leimaile Ho, the commissioner of Minnesota Housing.  Jennifer will be honored for her outstanding efforts to address homelessness and housing poverty at NLIHC’s 38th Annual Housing Leadership Awards Celebration being live-streamed on August 26 at 4-5 pm ET. This year’s other honorees are Bill Faith and Shauna Sorrells. Attendance is free to the public. Register today at: https://bit.ly/NLIHCAwards2020

Jennifer Ho, a former senior advisor at HUD and deputy director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) before she became commissioner of Minnesota Housing, will receive the Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award, named after the former NLIHC president and CEO who led the Coalition for 17 years.

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Jennifer Ho

Jennifer has worked to end housing poverty and homelessness since 1999. As executive director of Hearth Connection, a Minnesota non-profit, she managed a nationally recognized demonstration project on supportive housing and long-term homelessness for single adults, youth, and families in two counties and oversaw its replication in 34 additional counties in partnership with the Fond du Lac, Bois Fort, and Grand Portage Tribal Bands. Jennifer served as a senior policy advisor for housing and services at HUD in the Obama administration and as deputy director at USICH, shepherding the creation of “Opening Doors,” the nation’s first-ever comprehensive federal plan to prevent and end homelessness. She worked with First Lady Michelle Obama to launch the “Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness” that reduced the number of veterans experiencing homelessness on any night by nearly half. Jennifer has served on the boards of directors for West Side Community Health Services in St. Paul, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and the Melville Charitable Trust. As commissioner of Minnesota Housing, Jennifer is leading state-wide efforts to provide access to safe, decent and affordable housing and to build stronger communities.

The Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award will be bestowed to Bill Faith, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio and former NLIHC board member and chair, for his many years of leadership, dedication and tireless work to secure decent, safe, and affordable homes for the lowest-income people in Ohio and across the U.S. The award is named for NLIHC’s founder Cushing Niles Dolbeare, a pioneer of the of the affordable housing movement.

Bill faith

Bill Faith

The third award is named for Senator Edward Brooke (R-MA), who championed low-income housing as a U.S. senator and later as chair of the NLIHC board of directors. Shauna Sorrells, former NLIHC executive-committee board member, director of the Office of Public Housing Programs at HUD, and chief operating officer at the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County (HOCMC), will receive the 2020 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award posthumously for her outstanding commitment to ending homelessness and housing poverty in the U.S. over many years at HUD, at HOCMC, and on the NLIHC board of directors. 


Shauna Sorrells

Recognize these outstanding individuals by making a donation to NLIHC in their honor! 

Donate as an individual at: https://bit.ly/34ng1FP

Donate as an organization at: https://bit.ly/2WyFnOb

Your donation will be recognized in the Leadership Awards program. The contribution will support NLIHC’s mission to achieve socially just public policy to ensure the lowest-income people have decent, accessible, and affordable homes. 

Register for the event at: https://bit.ly/NLIHCAwards2020

Learn more about the event & honorees at: https://bit.ly/3hWkXIu