• Leadership Celebration

    NLIHC's Housing Leadership Awards Celebration

    The Housing Leadership Awards Celebration held each year in conjunction with our annual Housing Policy Forum, is NLIHC’s only fundraising event. This event was live-streamed due to the coronavirus and was held on August 26, 2020. The awards are: the Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award, the Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award, and the Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award.

    Watch the recorded event below.

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    • The Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award, named after NLIHC’s late founder who has been referred to as the “godmother” of the affordable housing movement, goes to an individual who has demonstrated an unyielding commitment to achieving safe, decent, and affordable homes for low-income people over a long period of time. Bill Faith, executive director of COHHIO and former NLIHC board member, will receive the 2020 Dolbeare award.
    • 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. The Brooke award goes to an exemplary housing leader with a record of fighting for affordable housing on the national level. Shauna Sorrells will receive the 2020 Brooke Award, posthumously. 
    • 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 Crowley award goes to an outstanding leader who has elevated the conversation around affordable housing for the lowest income people in America. Jennifer Leimaile Ho will receive the 2020 Crowley Award.

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

    A photo of awardee Bill Faith, coupled with a quote from a peer.

    2020 Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award: Bill Faith

    The Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award will be bestowed to Bill Faith, executive director of COHHIO and former NLIHC board member. Mr. Faith will receive the award 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.


    Past Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award Honorees

    • 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 the Congress and later as Chairman of NLIHC’s Board of Directors.

    Image of Shauna Sorrells with Quote from colleague; background is a wide shot of the National Mall.

    2020 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award: Shauna Sorrells

    Shauna Sorrells will receive the 2020 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award posthumously for her unwavering commitment to ending homelessness and housing poverty in the U.S. over many years at HUD, at the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, and on the NLIHC Board of Directors. 


    Past Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award Honorees

    • 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.

    A photo of awardee Jennifer Ho, coupled with a quote from a peer.

    2020 Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award: Jennifer Leimaile Ho

    Jennifer Leimaile Ho will receive the Crowley Award for her outstanding work to end homelessness and housing poverty in the U.S. since 1999 at Hearth Connection, USICH, HUD, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, and beyond.


    Past Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award Honorees

    • Dr. Mitchell Katz, 2019
    • Matthew Desmond, 2018
  • Sponsorship

    Sponsorship Opportunities:

    Platinum$30,000 and above=12 tickets/Full Color Page Ad (7.5” x 10”)
    Gold$15,000 to $29,999=9 tickets/ ½ Color Page Ad (7.5” x 5”)
    Silver$7,500 to $14,999=7 tickets/ ¼ Color Page Ad (3.75” x 5”)
    Bronze$3,000 to $7,499=5 tickets/ 1/8 Color Page Ad (3.75” x 2.5”)
    Sustainer$1,500 to $2,999=3 tickets/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