• Leadership Reception

    Leadership Reception 2019

    March 28, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    NLIHC's Housing Leadership Reception

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    The Housing Leadership Awards Reception held each year in conjunction with our annual Housing Policy Forum, is NLIHC’s only fundraising event.  The awards are: the Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award, the Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award, and the Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award.

    • 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. Emma “Pinky” Clifford, executive director of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Partnership for Housing and NLIHC board member, will receive the 2019 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. Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO) will receive the 2019 Brooke Award.
    • 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. Dr. Mitchell Katz, president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, will receive the 2019 Crowley Award.

    Thank you to our generous donors for making the 2019 Leadership Reception a success.

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

    Questions? Contact Catherine Reeves, NLIHC Development Coordinator at creeves@nlihc.org 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.

    2019 Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award: Emma “Pinky” Clifford

    Emma "Pinky" Clifford

    The Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award will be bestowed to Emma “Pinky” Clifford, executive director of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Partnership for Housing and NLIHC board member. Ms. Clifford will receive the award for her years of dedication on behalf of Native American peoples and her tireless work to secure decent, safe, and affordable housing for native tribes.


    Past Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award Honorees

    • 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.

    2019 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award: Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO)

    Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO)

    Representative Cleaver will receive the 2019 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award for his years of leadership in Congress, unwavering commitment to addressing the needs of the lowest income people in the U.S., and steadfast support for federal affordable housing and homelessness programs. 


    Past Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award Honorees

    • 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.

    2019 Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award: Dr. Mitchell Katz

    Dr. Mitchell Katz

    Dr. Mitchell Katz, president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, will receive the Crowley Award for elevating public and policy-maker awareness about the connections between health, housing, and homelessness and for implementing bold solutions to help meet the need for affordable housing for the lowest income people.


    Past Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award Honorees

    • 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 Reception a success.

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


    Interested in sponsorship? Have questions? Contact Catherine Reeves, NLIHC Development Coordinator at creeves@nlihc.org or at 202-662-1530 ext. 234