The District of Columbia Housing Authority’s leadership will receive a prestigious national award.
DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman will be honored with the 2016 M. Justin Herman Memorial Award from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials at the organization’s national conference in New Orleans on October 14.
“To receive national recognition from my housing industry peers is a truly humbling experience,” Todman said. “This particular award has been bestowed on exceptional leaders in the past and I am honored to be chosen to stand among them.”
NAHRO's highest and most prestigious award was developed to honor an exceptionally qualified person who has made outstanding contributions to the quality of life through service in the field of housing or community development. Awards will be made on the basis of extraordinary accomplishments and contributions.
“Your career epitomizes the highest standards of our industry. During your tenure at DCHA, you have created national models to house and assist homeless veterans, opened the first public affordable assisted living facility, and increased the number of affordable units available for low-income families,” said John F. Bohm, acting chief executive officer of NAHRO in his award announcement. “You have worked tirelessly and successfully to bridge the conversation about affordable housing and career paths that have traditionally been separate yet are so critically important to ensuring that families and individuals thrive.”
The award was established in 1975 in the name of M. Justin Herman to provide a living acknowledgement for the standard of excellence he established in the field of housing and community development and the contributions he made to the beauty and vigor of San Francisco.
Nominees for the award had to have demonstrated an outstanding effort in providing a decent home for all American families. Their careers should show a commitment to solving housing and community problems while also improving the quality of life. They also should demonstrate excellence in administration of housing and development programs, having significant impact on major community issues, political or public service in the field, and influence of public opinion, among other areas.