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Kentucky Housing Honors Achievements in Affordable Housing
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Awards honoring excellence in affordable housing were presented at the 2012 Kentucky Affordable Housing Conference in Louisville, which was held September 11-12.
Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC), the conference host and state housing finance agency, celebrated its 40-year anniversary as a housing leader in the Commonwealth and sponsored the awards to honor builders, nonprofit organizations, and others who have made outstanding contributions to the state’s affordable housing industry in the last year.
“Kentucky Housing Corporation celebrates 40 years of leading the way home to safe, quality, and affordable housing. It is through their strong partnerships and commitment to serve, that so many Kentuckians have benefited from the efforts of these award-winning leaders,” said KHC’s Chief Executive Officer Richard L. McQuady. “KHC cannot provide affordable housing opportunities alone, and we are proud to call all of those who work with us ‘partners’ as we continue to develop solutions for housing needs.”
On Tuesday, September 11, the Dorothy J. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jim Burris. This award is presented to an individual who has devoted much of their career to helping make the dream of affordable housing a reality in Kentucky. Jim has spent his 50-year career helping people have access to safe, quality, affordable housing and other basic needs. As an architect and former Kentucky Housing Corporation staff member, he was instrumental in creating the Universal Design Standards for KHC developments. These building concepts incorporate products and general design layouts that make the residences more easily accessible and responsive to the changing needs of residents. Most recently, Jim completed a project with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association to provide 48 units of affordable, supportive housing to persons affected by domestic violence. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for both the
Kentucky Habitat for Humanity and The Hands of Christ, Inc. He is a tireless volunteer to help those who need affordable housing and other basic human services.
On Wednesday, September 12, the following awards were presented.
The City of Paducah received the 2012 Homeownership Award for their transformation of the Fountain Avenue Neighborhood--a blighted, 20-block, residential area of the city--back into the thriving homeowner-based community of its former glory. The revitalization was a true demonstration of the city’s commitment to providing affordable homeownership opportunities.
The 2012 Nonprofit Organization Award was presented to Housing Oriented Ministries Established for Services, Inc. (HOMES, Inc.), for their leadership to meet the housing needs of residents in four eastern Kentucky counties: Letcher, Floyd, Knott, and Pike. During the past year, HOMES construction crews and staff, along with over 500 volunteers from around the country, completed 30 homeowner-occupied rehabilitation projects, 4 newly constructed homes, and developed 5 rental units.
Receiving the 2012 Nonprofit Affordable Housing Builder Award was the Housing Development Alliance, Inc., for outstanding service and contributions in building and rehabilitating affordable housing for Kentuckians. Despite challenges of a struggling economy and dwindling resources, the Housing Development Alliance had its most productive year ever, building and financing 20 new homes for low- and very-low income home buyers and completing over $500,000 of repair and rehabilitation work on 35 homes owned by low- and very-low income families. They are a 100 percent Energy Star builder and utilized this capability when conducting the rehabilitation or construction of housing units.
The 2012 Energy Efficiency Leadership Award was presented to Josh Trent from Frontier Housing for his commitment to improve energy efficiency in the homes of Kentucky families. As a result of his efforts, Frontier Housing has been recognized the past two years as East Kentucky Power’s Touchstone “Energy Star Builder of the Year.” He has designed and built 170 Energy Star homes and constantly works to improve his designs and building techniques to increase a home’s efficiency, making affordable housing even more inexpensive for the owner.
Oracle Consulting Services received the 2012 For-Profit Affordable Housing Builder Award. Since 2005, Oracle created or preserved over 500 housing units--with 63 dedicated to special needs populations, including the physically disabled, those in recovery for alcohol/substance abuse, and mentally handicapped/developmentally disabled individuals--in both urban and rural areas of Kentucky. As a true testament of their commitment to providing affordable housing opportunities, they have been able to generate over $44 million in private equity and over $6 million in leveraged funds from other participating funders for these affordable housing efforts.
Marilyn Smith, executive director of the Gateway Homeless Coalition, Inc., was awarded the 2012 Homeless Leadership Award for providing steadfast leadership in implementing and coordinating strategies and solutions to end homelessness in Kentucky. She has been a driving force to preserve Gateway as a thriving community resource that helps families achieve housing stability. Gateway provided assistance to Morgan County residents following the tornados that struck many parts of Kentucky in March 2012. Gateway is approaching its 20th anniversary, and Marilyn has begun partnering with the National Alliance to End Homelessness to raise awareness about the importance of federal funding for local homeless programs.
The Mae Street Kidd Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding public service and made great strides in promoting affordable housing for Kentuckians. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway worked for the people of the Commonwealth to ensure that when 49 state attorneys general reached a settlement with the five largest loan servicers, the mortgage settlement funds were used for homeownership and foreclosure prevention programs in Kentucky. Many states used settlement funds to relieve budget deficits in a flailing economy.
“I am honored to accept the Mae Street Kidd Award from the Kentucky Housing Corporation,” General Conway said. “I helped take on the nation’s five largest banks to secure assistance for homeowners who’ve experienced foreclosure and to save others from losing their homes. I fought as lawmakers swarmed during the budget process to keep Kentucky’s portion of the settlement and use it for its intended purpose - housing. I’m pleased that I am able partner with KHC in this endeavor and maximize the mortgage settlement dollars to triple the amount of money available to help homeowners in Kentucky. This monumental mortgage settlement is about providing second chances for homeowners, and I’m honored to receive this award and help provide those second chances to Kentuckians through the assistance of KHC.”
Also recognized was Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing for its contributions as the sponsorship coordinator for the conference.
Kentucky Housing Corporation, the state housing finance agency, was created by the 1972 General Assembly to provide affordable housing opportunities. As a self-supporting, public corporation, Kentucky Housing offers lower-than-market rate home mortgages, housing production financing, homeownership education/counseling, rental assistance, housing rehabilitation, and supportive housing programs for special needs populations.
Kentucky Housing Corporation prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status.
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