NeighborWorks Accepts Governor’s Award on Behalf of Columbus Housing Partnership

Columbus, OH — NeighborWorks America was awarded the Governor’s Award of Excellence in Affordable Housing today at the 12th annual Ohio Housing Conference.  Robert Burns, Director of Field Operations at NeighborWorks America, accepted the award on behalf of the NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio.  The award is given annually to an individual or organization whose continued dedication increases quality and availability of affordable housing opportunities for Ohio families.  The award was presented on behalf of Governor Strickland by Lisa Patt-McDaniel, Director of the Ohio Department of Development.
NeighborWorks America and the NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio were recognized for their work leveraging community revitalization efforts, homeownership education, training for housing counselors and foreclosure prevention.
“Thanks to NeighborWorks America’s tireless efforts, more Ohio families than ever have safe, affordable places to call home,” stated Douglas Garver, Executive Director of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.  “NeighborWorks America has only worked harder during these challenging times, bringing foreclosure counseling and rescue funds, counselor training, and outreach around loan modification scams to Ohio.  This is in addition to their extensive work in homebuyer education, creating new and financially sound homeownership opportunities and ensuring Ohio communities are strong and vibrant places for everyone to live.”
 “It is an honor to accept this award on behalf of NeighborWorks America and the NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio,” stated Robert Burns.  “The nine members of the NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio have helped thousands of Ohio families during this foreclosure crisis. Together, they created one of the largest statewide foreclosure rescue funds in the country and helped provide counseling to more than 62,000 households at risk of losing their homes.  In addition, they have created more than 2,800 jobs in the past four years and almost 3,000 first-time homebuyers.  Their work has invested more than $440 million into Ohio communities and leveraged those dollars to more than $1.6 billon at a ratio of 37 dollars for every dollar invested by a NeighborWorks organization.”
The nine members of the NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio are: the Columbus Housing Partnership, the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati, Neighborhood Development Services of Ravenna, Neighborhood Housing Partnership of Greater Springfield, Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland, Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton, Neighborhood Housing Services of Toledo and St. Mary Development Corporation of Dayton.
The Ohio Housing Conference, hosted by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, is one of the largest and most informative housing conferences in the United States.  Over 1,400 housing professionals from across Ohio and the nation are expected to attend the conference, which runs from November 30-December 2.
About Columbus Housing Partnership
Columbus Housing Partnership is a private, nonprofit organization founded in the belief that a decent and affordable home is the cornerstone of family life and a healthy community. Columbus Housing Partnership, through its Homeport Programs, provides quality, affordable housing and related services to low to moderate income households in central Ohio. Through its activities, Columbus Housing Partnership is a partner in enhancing lives, bringing people home and building vibrant communities. For more information about Columbus Housing Partnership and its Homeport Programs, visit: www.homeportohio.org.
About NeighborWorks America NeighborWorks America creates opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and safe and affordable rental housing.  Since 1991, NeighborWorks America has assisted nearly 1.2 million low- to moderate-income families with their housing needs.  Much of this success is achieved through support of the NeighborWorks network ? more than 230 community development organizations working in more than 4,400 urban, suburban and rural communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $15 billion in reinvestment in these communities.  NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals. www.nw.org.
About the Ohio Housing Finance Agency
OHFA is a self-supporting quasi-public agency governed by an eleven-member board. The Agency uses federal and state resources to provide housing opportunities for families and individuals through programs designed to develop, preserve and sustain affordable housing throughout the State of Ohio. OHFA is also an active partner in the interagency team which coordinates the Save the Dream Ohio initiative designed to stop preventable foreclosures.
About the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
OCCH is an independent, mission-driven nonprofit corporation that works with private and public developers to create affordable housing opportunities. OCCH’s mission is to cause the construction, rehabilitation and preservation of affordable housing throughout all of Ohio. Since its inception, OCCH has raised more than $1.7 billion in private capital for investment in more than 425 projects with over 22,000 units of affordable housing.
For more information about Columbus Housing Partnership, please contact: Kimberly Cox at 614-545-4819 or kimberly.cox@chpcolumbus.org
Lisa Patt-McDaniel, Director of the Ohio Department of Development and Robert Burns, Director of Field Operations, NeighborWorks America