Housing Authority Wins National Merit Award for A Book For Every Child Initiative

Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2017) – The Housing Authority of the City of Pocatello has been chosen as a recipient of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Awards of Merit: Resident and Client Services for its A Book For Every Child Initiative. The official presentation of the award will take place in Indianapolis, Ind. July 17 during NAHRO’s Summer Conference.

NAHRO’s Awards of Merit program is a tremendous way for housing and community development officials to discover and learn from their colleagues’ success stories, it is a true recognition of the great work being done all across this nation by local housing authorities and community development agencies.NAHRO President Steve Merritt says.

Recognizing that the key to breaking the cycle of poverty is education, the Housing Authority of the City of Pocatello (HACP) has taken a first step in its education plan by working to get books into the hands of the children they serve. The Book for Every Child Initiative insures every child that comes into the office or that is listed on a form, is given an age appropriate book. Additionally, Free Little Libraries have been stocked with books at the HACP properties making book access easier for the children served.


“With large budget cuts agencies still find housing needs for their citizens. The winners of the Award of Merit showcase their dedication and the ambitious spirit of NAHRO members,” says NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman.


The 2015 NAHRO Awards of Merit recognize outstanding achievement in housing and community development programs in five categories. Administrative Innovation recognizes innovative methods in areas such as maintenance, community relations, and interagency cooperation. Program Innovation — Affordable Housing includes special programs for homeownership, public/private partnerships, and innovative financing. Program Innovation — Community Revitalization includes innovative use of programs in areas such as economic development, neighborhood preservation, and creative financing. Program Innovation — Resident and Client Services includes innovative use of programs such as special activities for children, families, and the elderly, anti-drug programs, social services, and self-sufficiency. Project Design includes efforts such as new housing design, housing modernization, enduring design, and landscape design.


The NAHRO Awards of Merit Program was created to give national recognition to NAHRO housing and community development member organizations that have found innovative ways of making a difference in the communities and the lives of the people they serve. Established in 1989, the NAHRO Award of Merit program has honored more than 6,000 programs.


NAHRO, established in 1933, is a membership organization of 20,000 housing and community development agencies and professionals throughout the United States whose mission is to create affordable housing and safe, viable communities that enhance the quality of life for all Americans, especially those of low- and moderate-income. NAHRO’s membership administers more than 3 million housing units for 7.6 million people.

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