As we approach the end of 2015, we want to take a moment to update our partners and stakeholders about some of the recognition VHDA has earned from our affordable housing peers during the year.
First, Jim Chandler was inducted into Affordable Housing Finance magazine’s Affordable Housing Hall of Fame. He received the award for his longtime service, which includes his role as the director of VHDA’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program for the past 18 years. Jim was also recognized for his dedicated efforts to encourage the use of green building strategies.
Second, Michele Watson, our Director of Homeownership Strategic Relations, received the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® Affiliate of the Year Award. This award is presented to an affiliate member who has demonstrated dedicated service to NVAR through volunteering, participation in committees and providing financial support through direct sponsorship.
In addition, VHDA Senior Community Housing Officer Bruce DeSimone was honored with the President’s Award from the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association. Bruce was chosen based on his years of dedication to developing and presenting multiple courses for planners on housing and housing finance issues, hosting chapter events and his strong support of planning education.
Finally, the entire authority was recognized for outstanding achievement at NCSHA’s annual conference! Our VHDA Map Gallery Apps won in the “Technology” category. This app allows our partners and elected officials to easily see the economic impact of VHDA’s programs in their part of the state. It also helps us tell our story about the difference we’re making in Virginia through our housing programs.
Each of these achievements have contributed to making 2015 a great year for VHDA when it comes to our mission of helping put quality housing within the reach of every Virginian. As we gear up for 2016, we look forward to accomplishing even more.