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Assemblymember Atkins recognized at SDHC Board Meeting, 07.19.13
SDHC’s Chairman of the Board, Gary Gramling, presented California Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins with PSWRC NAHRO’s 2012 Appreciation award, which recognizes an elected official who has demonstrated excellence in advocating and supporting affordable housing.
Affordable Housing Tribute Honors SDHC President & CEO, 07.18.13
San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) President & CEO Richard C. Gentry was honored at LINC Housing’s 20th Annual Tribute to Affordable Housing Leaders. A 41-year veteran of the affordable housing industry, Gentry was recognized at a ceremony on July 18 in Los Angeles. The tribute recognizes leaders who have done exceptional work “to revitalize communities and build stronger neighborhoods.” A signature achievement of his five years leading SDHC was a public housing conversion finance plan that created 810 additional affordable housing units in the City of San Diego through public-private partnerships. This finance plan was possible because of a 2007 landmark public housing conversion agreement with the U .S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. SDHC leveraged the equity of its former public housing to create additional affordable housing.
Also honored at the tribute were Matt Schwartz, President of California Housing Partnership Corporation, and Bill Witte, President of Related California.
2013 Financial Reporting Award, 06.18.13
For the fifth consecutive year, SDHC’s Financial Services Department has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. SDHC earned the recognition for its annual financial report for fiscal year 2012.
Ruby Awards—SDHC Partnerships Honored, 06.13.13
Four SDHC partnership developments and an SDHC partnership program to address chronic homelessness earned Ruby Awards as the “best of the best” in the affordable housing industry in the City of San Diego.
“Housing Project of the Year—Rehabilitation”
SDHC loaned $1.69 million toward the $3.6 million development cost; 16 supportive housing units must remain affordable for 55 years.
“Housing Project of the Year—Special Needs”
SDHC spearheaded the selection process that led to the creation of Connections Housing Downtown, a one-stop homeless center. SDHC loaned $2 million toward the $38 million total development cost and awarded 89 federal housing vouchers to support 73 permanent studios and 16 special needs units.
“Housing Project of the Year—50 Units or Fewer”
SDHC loaned $5.1 million toward the $10.86 million total development cost; 30 apartments must remain affordable for 55 years.
“Housing Project of the Year—More Than 50 Units”
SDHC loaned $7.11 million toward the $43 million total development cost; 91 apartments must remain affordable for 99 years.
“CSH Supportive Housing Award”
SDHC awarded 25 federal housing vouchers to St. Vincent de Paul Village, which manages “Home Again” Project 25 for the United Way of San Diego County, to place chronically homeless San Diegans into long-term housing.
The awards were presented by the San Diego Housing Federation.
People in Preservation Award for Hotel Sandford, 05.23.13
SDHC and its partners earned a People in Preservation Award on May 23 from the Save Our Heritage Organisation, a local historical preservation group, for the rehabilitation of the 99-year-old Hotel Sandford in downtown San Diego.
Through collaboration, Hotel Sandford was restored to its original character and look, and we ensured it will remain affordable housing for senior tenants for the next 99 years.
This is the second historical preservation award SDHC has received for the rehabilitation of Hotel Sandford, which was built in 1914. The City of San Diego Historical Resources Board, which designated Hotel Sandford as a historical landmark on December 2, 1987, presented a Historic Preservation Award in the category of architectural rehabilitation to SDHC and its partners on May 24, 2012.
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Award of Merit, 05.15.13
SDHC’s Community Relations & Communications Department received an Award of Merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) for SDHC’s multimedia production of its 2011 Annual Report & Portfolio.
The 2011 Annual Report & Portfolio is also a finalist for NAHRO’s National Awards of Excellence.
SDHC Receives Healthy Kids Champion Award, 04.23.13
SDHC was honored on April 23 with a Healthy Kids Champion Award from the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) for its ongoing work to protect children and families from the dangers of lead-based paint in older homes.
Since 2002, SDHC has received $22.47 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the “Home Safe Home” program.
SDHC’s lead paint remediation work funded by these HUD grants has made 1,403 residential units lead safe for children since 2002.
Since April 28, 2010, SDHC’s “Home Safe Home” program also has partnered with EHC and La Maestra Community Health Centers to test the blood-lead levels of 646 children at eight community events. Thirteen children tested positive for high lead levels and were referred for medical evaluation and treatment.
Their outstanding job performances in 2012 earned four individual employees and the Yardi Implementation Team of 26 people 2012 Awards of Excellence at a San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) ceremony March 21, 2013, at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in southeastern San Diego. These honorees were selected from nominations submitted by SDHC employees. Recognizing two additional employees for their initiative and excellence in their work, SDHC President and CEO Rick Gentry also presented two 2012 CEO Awards of Excellence.
SDHC Employee Awards Recognition, 3.21.13
2012 CEO Awards:
2012 Awards of Excellence, Individual:
2012 Awards of Excellence, Team - Yardi Implementation Team
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