• Leadership Celebration

    NLIHC's Housing Leadership Awards Celebration

    Join NLIHC in celebrating the 2021 Housing Leadership Awards honorees: Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), chair of the House Financial Services Committee; Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the new chair of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committee; Joy Johnson, long-time resident leader of the Charlottesville Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR); and former NLIHC board member; and the Housing Justice Network of the National Housing Law Project. These exceptional leaders will be recognized at NLIHC’s 39th Annual Housing Leadership Awards Celebration held virtually on Wednesday, April 28. Donate to NLIHC in these leaders’ honor as an individual or as an organization.

    • The Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award, named for NLIHC’s founder Cushing Niles Dolbeare, a pioneer of the affordable housing movement, will be awarded to Joy Johnson for serving her community and the nation for decades as a public housing advocate, organizer, and activist-leader, improving the lives of low-income residents in Charlottesville and across the United States.
    • The Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award is named for the late Senator Brooke (R-MA), who championed low-income housing as a U.S. senator and as chair of the NLIHC Board of Directors after he left the Senate.
      • A 2021 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award will be presented to Representative Maxine Waters for her indispensable leadership in fighting for equity and justice, combatting racism, championing the housing needs of the lowest-income people, and achieving critical housing and homelessness resources and protections during the 2020 pandemic. 
      • Senator Sherrod Brown will receive a 2021 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award for his many years of fighting for racial and social justice, voting rights, and affordable housing, and for his exceptional leadership in Congress to address the housing and homelessness crisis during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. 
    • The Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award is named for former NLIHC President and CEO Sheila Crowley, who led NLIHC for more than 17 years. The National Housing Law Center’s Housing Justice Network will receive the Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award for the Network’s outstanding efforts for over forty years serving on the front lines to advance housing rights and over the past year to keep families safely housed during the pandemic. 

    There are 3 Different Ways to Donate to the Leadership Awards Celebration:

    Questions? Contact Catherine Reeves, NLIHC Development Coordinator at [email protected] or at 202-662-1530 ext. 234

    Last Year's Awardees

    Thank you to our generous donors for making the 2020 Leadership Celebration a success.

    Photos of the three awardees, with a background photo of the National Mall in DC.

    Watch the 2020 recorded event below.

  • Dolbeare Award

    The Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award is named after NLIHC’s founder. One of the leading experts on federal housing policy and the housing circumstances of low-income people, Ms. Dolbeare was widely known as the godmother of the affordable housing advocacy movement.

    2021 Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award: Joy Johnson

    The Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award, named for NLIHC’s founder Cushing Niles Dolbeare, a pioneer of the affordable housing movement, will be awarded to Joy Johnson for serving her community and the nation for decades as a public housing advocate, organizer, and activist-leader, improving the lives of low-income residents in Charlottesville and across the United States.


    Past Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award Honorees

    • Bill Faith, 2020
    • Emma "Pinky" Clifford, 2019
    • Lisa Hasegawa, 2018
    • Amy Anthony, 2017
    • Nancy Bernstine, 2016
    • William Apgar, 2015
    • Charles Elsesser, Jr., 2014
    • Chester Hartman, 2013
    • George Moses, 2012
    • Florence Wagman Roisman, Esq., 2011
    • Gordon Cavanaugh, 2010
  • Brooke Award

    The Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award is named for the former senator, who championed low-income housing in Congress and later as Chairman of NLIHC’s Board of Directors.

    2021 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award: Representative Maxine Waters and Senator Sherrod Brown

    A 2021 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award will be presented to Representative Maxine Waters for her indispensable leadership in fighting for equity and justice, combatting racism, championing the housing needs of the lowest-income people, and achieving critical housing and homelessness resources and protections during the 2020 pandemic. This 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. 

    Senator Sherrod Brown will receive a 2021 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award for his many years of fighting for racial and social justice, voting rights, and affordable housing, and for his exceptional leadership in Congress to address to the housing and homelessness crisis during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. 


    Past Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award Honorees

    • Shauna Sorrells, 2020
    • Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO), 2019
    • The Honorable Susan Collins, U.S. Senate, 2018
    • Ronald J. Terwilliger, 2017
    • The Honorable Barbara Lee, U.S. House of Representatives, 2016
    • OMB Director Shaun Donovan, 2015
    • Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, 2014
    • The Honorable Olympia Snowe, U.S. Senate, 2013
    • The Honorable Patty Murray, U.S. Senate, 2012
    • Nan Roman, 2011
    • The Honorable Keith Ellison, U.S. House of Representatives, 2010
    • The Honorable John Kerry, U.S. Senate, 2010
  • Crowley Award

    The Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award is named for former NLIHC President & CEO Sheila Crowley. The Crowley award goes to an outstanding leader who has elevated the conversation around affordable housing for the lowest income people in America.

    2021 Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award: The National Housing Law Center’s Housing Justice Network

    The National Housing Law Center’s Housing Justice Network will receive the Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award for the Network’s outstanding efforts for over forty years serving on the front lines to advance housing rights and over the past year to keep families safely housed during the pandemic. This award is named after former NLIHC President and CEO Sheila Crowley, who led NLIHC for more than 17 years. 


    Past Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award Honorees

    • Jennifer Leimaile Ho, 2020
    • Dr. Mitchell Katz, 2019
    • Matthew Desmond, 2018
  • Sponsorship

    Sponsorship Opportunities:

    Platinum$30,000 and above=Full Page Color Ad (7.5” x 10”)
    Gold$15,000 to $29,999=½ Page Color Ad (7.5” x 5”)
    Silver$7,500 to $14,999=¼ Page Color Ad (3.75” x 5”)
    Bronze$3,000 to $7,499=1/8 Page Color Ad (3.75” x 2.5”)
    Sustainer$1,500 to $2,999=Name Listed in the Program

    NLIHC expresses our deep gratitude to the individual and organizational donors making each year’s Housing Leadership Awards Celebration a success.

    There are 3 Different Ways to Donate to the Leadership Celebration:


    Interested in sponsorship? Have questions? Contact Catherine Reeves, NLIHC Development Coordinator at [email protected] or at 202-662-1530 ext. 234