NRHA Honored with Three National Awards

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Ed Ware
eware@nrha.norfolk.va.us
757.533.4682

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Tue, 09/12/2006

Norfolk, VA (September 12, 2006) – Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) has been named a 2006 recipient of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Merit Awards for three programs: the Builders and Designers Guild, Homearama 2005 at Broad Creek, as well as the Broad Creek Resident Relocation and Return Program.

The awards recognize outstanding achievement in housing and community development programs throughout the nation and were presented at NAHRO's summer meeting in Denver, Colo.

“NAHRO members are consistently on the forefront of innovation in our industry. Their work helps millions of Americans nationwide turn units into homes, and downtowns into economic engines,” said NAHRO President Donald J. Cameron. “Their success is truly remarkable our members see the concrete results of the efforts they are making in their neighborhoods and communities to become better places to live. The winners of the Awards of Merit have created programs that can truly be admired by their colleagues.”

NRHA Executive Director Shurl Montgomery said, “These awards are a great tribute to our talented staff and board of commissioners that make NRHA a national leader in property management and urban development.”

Homearama 2005 at Broad Creek successfully showcased the region's first mixed-use, mixed-income community to almost 70,000 visitors and generated significant in-kind advertising and media placement.

The Broad Creek Hope VI Resident Relocation and Return Program involves the relocation of 553 residents from two former public housing neighborhoods. Based on resident surveys some 29 percent of households wanted to return. The national average for returning residents to Hope VI projects is 11 percent. To date, the return rate to Broad Creek is about 35 percent.

Norfolk is making a substantial investment of public dollars to attract private dollars to restore and build new housing in many neighborhoods. To protect and enhance that investment, NRHA “sets the standard” in architectural design and construction integrity for private sector emulation. In that regard, NRHA established a Builders and Designers Guild comprised of more than 30 builders, architects and qualified designers who share a common belief that superior customer service, quality design and craftsmanship are integral components of creating great neighborhoods.

About NRHA: 

Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities. As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA plays a key role in making Norfolk the city of choice to build, work, live and play.

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