On June 9, 2010, NHC honored the Federal Home Loan Banks’ Affordable Housing Program (AHP) with the 2010 “Housing Person of the Year” Award at the historic National Building Museum in Washington, DC. The event provided not only a chance to recognize the AHP, but also an opportunity to celebrate affordable housing’s future.
A record-breaking $712,000 was raised and more than 800 housing professionals, industry leaders, government officials and policy makers attended the Gala.
The program for the event coincided with the theme, “Housing’s New Era,” by opening with an innovative video of NHC President and CEO Maureen Friar addressing the issues and future of affordable housing. But before ascending into the “New Era,” Friar and all the Gala attendees paid tribute to former NHC head Conrad Egan. He was greeted with a standing ovation from the audience, many of whom had either worked with him or followed his achievements during a career spanning 40 years.
Ultimately, the over-arching message was moving beyond the current housing crisis to grow affordable housing as a first-tier national priority through better coordination within the affordable housing field.
Gala speakers included:
Daniel A. Nissenbaum
COO, Urban Investment Group, Goldman Sachs Bank USA
Chairman, National Housing Conference
Angie Garcia Lathrop
Community Affairs Executive, Bank of America
Phillip W. Bracken
Executive Vice President, Industry Relations
Wells Fargo Home and Consumer Group, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Edward J. DeMarco
Acting Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency
Lee R. Gibson
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Southside Bank
Chairman, Council of Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
NHC member Builders of Hope of Raleigh, NC, was also recognized at the Gala for receiving NHC’s “Pioneering Housing Strategies” Award last year. The organization won the award for its uniquely comprehensive Building Green Communities model that focuses on recycling homes slated for demolition using green building standards and then selling the homes at cost to working families.
The Gala took place on the 20th anniversary of the FHLBanks’ Affordable Housing Program and fell on the eve of NHC’s 80th anniversary in 2011, signifying the importance and resilience of the affordable housing community in the past, present and future.
The program for the event coincided with the theme, “Housing’s New Era,” by opening with an innovative video of NHC President and CEO Maureen Friar addressing the issues and future of affordable housing:
To order a high resolution DVD version of the "Housing's New Era" video, or for more information, please contact NHC Communications and New Media Associate Katy Gorman at email@example.com or (202) 466-2121, Ext. 240.
To view a complete list of past recipients of NHC's "Housing Person of the Year" award, click here.