Regional Housing Authority awarded Advocate of the Year

Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2010

JUNEAU - At the 2010 Pacific Northwest Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials annual conference, Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority was awarded Advocate of the Year for its work in developing the Weatherization and Home Energy Efficiency Program.

Courtesy Of Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority
Courtesy Of Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority

Dr. Blake Kazama, President and CEO; Ella Bennett, Chair of the Board of Commissioners; and staff in attendance accepted the award on behalf of THRHA.

The PNRC-NAHRO Advocacy Awards Program was created to recognize the advocacy efforts of both individuals and organizations on behalf of affordable housing and/or community development within the Pacific Northwest Region. "This is a real honor," Kazama said. "For an Indian Housing Authority to be recognized by NAHRO is great, especially since its membership is mostly comprised of public housing agencies."

THRHA also presented "Building Business Capacity" at the conference in Salem, Oregon. Dr. Kazama and his staff shared concepts for developing business opportunities and leveraging federal funding to sustain housing programs and services. THRHA has been recognized nationwide for its innovative business practices and is producing a training video to share with other housing authorities.

THRHA serves 12 economically diverse Tribal partners located in the Alaskan Panhandle. Since 1973, it has built or acquired over 1,000 units and currently operates nearly 700 hundred affordable and fair-market rentals and homeownership units. Over the years THRHA has conveyed nearly 400 homes to clients. THRHA services both Native and non-Natives families.

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