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16th Annual Housing Award Winners “Make an Impact”

16th Annual Housing Award Winners “Make an Impact”

After virtual ceremonies the past two years, the Hampton Roads Housing Consortium (HRHC) Housing Awards returned to an in-person luncheon. The 16th Annual Housing Awards event was held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center on October 20th.  The annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that have contributed to improving housing conditions for the region. The HRPDC provides staffing support to the HRHC.

“HRHC award honorees exhibited dedication and commitment while providing a diverse spectrum of housing needs from innovative 3-D housing, affordable community development, promotion of homebuyer products, and financial and housing counseling programs that serve Hampton Roads residents,” said Brett Sierra, HRHC Chair.

This year’s honorees and their awards are:

HRHC Lifetime Achievement Award

Hugh Forehand
Assistant to the Director of Community Development for Special Projects
Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority

This award recognizes an individual who demonstrated lifetime successes committed to improving families' lives and our communities' well-being.

HRHC Housing Warrior

Erica Ramjohn
Senior Certified Housing Counselor
The Up Center

HRHC Housing Partner- Special Project Award

3-D Habitat Home
Habitat for Humanity of the Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg

This award recognizes an individual or organization demonstrating outstanding commitment, effectiveness, and innovation in meeting any housing-related needs through a project or specific program.

HRHC Across the Region Service Award

Georgette “Gigi” Houchins
Business Development Officer
Virginia Housing

This award recognizes an organization or individual for distinguished service in improving housing conditions on a regional level.

Photo of Ms. Kathay Izard delivering the 16th Annual Housing Awards keynote addressThe theme for this year’s ceremony “Making an Impact" and the Ceremony’s keynote address from award-winning author and speaker, Kathy Izard. Ms. Izard was an award-winning graphic designer before a midlife career change led her to work for an interfaith ministry serving those experiencing homelessness. She helped lead the city-wide effort to build Moore Place, Charlotte’s first permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless men and women. Those attending this year’s Award’s ceremony received a copy of The Hundred Story Home, Ms. Izard’s new book, and the opportunity to have it signed by Ms. Izard.

As tradition holds, the HRHC initiates a youth-centered engagement program in conjunction with the Awards Ceremony. This year, the HRHC reached out to Hampton Christian Academy for some help.  A copy of Kathy Izard’s children’s book, “A Good Night for Mr. Coleman”, was provided to Ms. Diane Hayhurst’s Kindergarten class for their reading circle.  Students were then asked to draw and color a page that captured the spirit of the message of the book.  Copies of the drawings were displayed at each guest table for viewing. The HRHC Board presented a gift card to Hampton Christian Academy for the purchase of more art supplies and books. An additional donation of books and supplies will be presented to the Hampton Roads Community Action Head Start program on the Peninsula. 

photo of one of the student coloring project centerpieces.