On Thursday, October 11th, The Hampton Roads Housing Consortium (HRHC) celebrated the 2018 HRHC Housing Award recipients at the Westin Hotel in Virginia Beach, VA. The Hampton Roads Housing Consortium Awards recognizes individuals and organizations that have contributed to improving housing conditions for the region. This year’s recipients are:
HRHC Lifetime Achievement Award
Darryle Brown, Emergency Shelter Coordinator
Transitions Family Violence Services
|From left to right, HRHC, Chair Karen Munden, Darryl Brown, representatives from Atlanta Bay Mortgage (Luncheon Sponsors), HRHC Vice Chair, Suzanne Armstrong.|
HRHC Housing Warrior
Michele Grant, Director of Community Services
Hampton Roads Community Action Program
|From left to right, HRHC, Chair Karen Munden, Michele Grant, BB&T Mortgage (Luncheon Sponsors), HRHC Vice Chair, Suzanne Armstrong.|
HRHC Housing Partner- Special Project Award
Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center
City of Virginia Beach - Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation
|From left to right, HRHC Chair Karen Munden, City of Virginia Beach – Office of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation – Virginia Beach Resource Center ( winner), representative from BB&T Mortgage, HRHC Vice Chair, Suzanne Armstrong.|
HRHC Across the Region Service Award
George Scott, Senior Mortgage Banker
|From left to right, HRHC Chair Karen Munden, George Scott (winner), representatives from Atlanta Bay Mortgage, HRHC Vice Chair, Suzanne Armstrong|
“These winners’ compassion and dedication to affordable housing for all in Hampton Roads epitomizes the mission and purpose of the HRHC," said HRHC Chair, Karen P. Munden. "Collectively, their approach and efforts, frankly of all HRHC members, make houses, homes; neighborhoods, communities; and 17 localities a caring and concerned region."
|From left to right, Dr. Vinod Agarwal – ODU, Ronald Jackson, Hampton RHA, Dr. Mike Hawkins-VHDA, moderator (Speaker Sponsor), Susan Gaston – The Gaston Group, Barbara Hamm Lee – Another View (Mistress of Ceremonies)|
This year's event included a "fireside chat" with local housing experts in the region. Dr. Vinod Agarwal, Professor of Economics, Old Dominion University, Susan Gaston of The Gaston Group, and Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority discussed the current and future state of housing in Hampton Roads.
The event also incorporated a children’s poster contest. This is the 2nd year for this initiative that encourages school-aged children to start thinking about building stronger communities. This years’ 1st place winner was Brooklyn Stevenson from Larrymore Elementary. Her artwork entitled, Generous Hill, described a community that included free healthcare, meals for the homeless, and welcomed people from all ethnic, religious and political beliefs.
The HRHC receives staffing support from the HRPDC.
|1st place winner, Brittany Stevenson with HRHC Chair, Karen Munden|