Outstanding Achievements In Ending Homelessness Recognized at Kennedy Center


National Alliance to End Homelessness

Press Releases | April 3, 2009

April 3, 2009
Contact: Amanda Krusemark
National Alliance to End Homelessness Honors Leaders from New York, NY, Houston, TX and Washington, DC at Annual Awards Ceremony
Washington—On Thursday, April 2, The National Alliance to End Homelessness held its Annual Awards Ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The Alliance honored three leaders for their ground-breaking work on ending homelessness. PBS Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff served as Mistress of Ceremonies for an evening that featured a special appearance by internationally-renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock. Awards were presented for outstanding achievement in the Private and Nonprofit Sectors. The esteemed John W. Macy Award was also presented.
“While the current economic crisis presents a challenge to communities’ efforts to end homelessness, the achievements of this year’s awardees represent a reason for hope and optimism,” said Nan Roman, President of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. “Several developments, including the creation in the stimulus bill of the $1.5 billion Homelessness Prevention and Rapid-Re-Housing Program, make this a time of opportunity in the face of challenge. With the dynamic leadership of today’s awardees and other like them, we can transform our homeless system from one that is less focused on long stays in shelter and more focused on prevention and rapid re-housing.” 
The Private Sector Achievement Award was presented to Maria Cuomo Cole, Chair of the Board of HELP USA of New York, New York. As Chair of the Board of HELP USA since 1992, Ms. Cuomo Cole has overseen the company’s growth into the largest nonprofit developer of housing and provider of jobs and services for our nation’s homeless people. With an operating budget of $65 million, HELP USA serves over 12,000 individuals each year and has served more than 240,000 since its inception. Ms. Cuomo Cole led efforts to increase services and housing to support special needs populations, including victims of domestic violence and their children, people with HIV/AIDS, and war veterans.
The Nonprofit Sector Achievement Award was presented to Anthony Love, President and CEO of Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Inc. of Houston, TX. Mr. Love has been responsible for reshaping Houston’s homelessness service system into a seamless system that addresses the needs of all homeless families and individuals, including veterans. He has been an innovator in bringing the public and private sectors together to find solutions to homelessness in Houston and has convinced nontraditional stakeholders to get involved in the fight to end homelessness.
Sheila Crowley, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, was presented with the esteemed John W. Macy Award. The award recognizes Dr Crowley’s extraordinary achievement in bringing the nation’s attention to the affordable housing crisis. Dr. Crowley’s leadership of the Coalition and her determination to create a National Housing Trust Fund has changed the face of affordable housing. The Macy Award is named in honor of John W. Macy, Jr., the Alliance’s first Chairman of the Board, and is presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to ending homelessness in our nation. Dr Crowley is the 13th recipient of the award.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, mission-driven organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States. The Alliance is a leading voice on the issue of homelessness. We analyze policy and develop pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. The Alliance works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that help homeless individuals and families make positive changes in their lives. We provide data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.
For more information on The National Alliance to End Homelessness, visit: www.endhomelessness.org