Photo Caption (LegConf08): With Member Margarita López (holding award) are (from left): Chairman of NAHRO’s National Legislative Network Jim Inglis, NAHRO National Senior Vice President Akinola Popoola, and NAHRO National President Renee Rooker.
The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) presented the 2008 Mary K. Nenno Advocacy Award to NYCHA for its outstanding achievement in the area of legislative advocacy on April 2, 2008, in Washington, D.C. The Authority was recognized for building a coalition of residents, union members, housing advocates and elected officials that successfully advocated for the passage of the New York State Shelter Allowance Bill, signed into law on August 15, 2007.
The law requires the state to pay public housing authorities the same shelter allowance for residents on public assistance that it pays to private landlords. Once fully phased in by 2010, the law will bring NYCHA $47 million annually in additional revenue; it will bring approximately $27 million in additional revenue in 2008.
The award was a gift of the U.S. flag flown over the U.S. Capitol for NYCHA on March 28, 2008.