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Congratulations to the 2011 Winners!

 

Kit BondSenator Christopher 'Kit" Bond
Liefetime Achievement Award

NeighborWorks America honored Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond with its lifetime achievement award for his more than 40 years of support to America’s families.

In the 1990’s, Senator Bond fought to rid cities of dilapidated public housing projects, which forced residents to live in substandard housing, housing projects that had become breeding grounds for crime and drug abuse. His efforts, along with colleagues in the Senate passed the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, which fostered the creation of new affordable homes and the innovative use of housing vouchers and the eventual creation of the Hope VI program.

Senator Bond’s work for housing continued and bore additional fruit with the passage of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act (HEARTH) of 2009, which built upon research showing that providing permanent supportive housing is a more effective way to fight homelessness than providing only emergency shelter programs; and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program, or HUD-VASH, which combines rental housing assistance with case management and clinical services to assist homeless veterans. Senator Bond was instrumental in helping to secure funding that led to the creation of the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling program, which has helped more than one million homeowners receive important counseling that clearly outlines their options to prevent foreclosure.

Senior Officer Ron Terviel, 2011 NeighborWorks Government Service Award WinnerRon Terviel
Senior Officer, Rapid City Police Department
Nominated by NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources, Deadwood, South Dakota

Officer Ron Terviel was assigned to work with the Lemmon Avenue neighborhood to improve police-resident relations, but his personal commitment has far exceeded his work assignment.  In addition to patrolling the neighborhood, Ron truly engages with the residents, brings his own family to community events and advocates for the community with business and government leaders.

With Officer Terviel, the residents have learned to work with city officials to plan and build a community garden in their neighborhood.  The residents are now able to spend time outdoors.  They have learned the skills to successfully grow vegetables and flowers, and they have new pride in themselves and their neighborhood. Their success has inspired three additional gardens and a block club.

Officer Terviel’s involvement both on and off-duty inspired the residents of this area to see how working together with the police, and each other, brings about major changes that cannot be accomplished alone. 

 

Senior Tim Tingey, 2011 NeighborWorks Government Service Award WinnerTim Tingey
Executive Director, Murray City Redevelopment Agency
Nominated by NeighborWorks Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Utah

Tim Tingey serves as the director of the Community and Economic Development Department in Murray City, Utah, and the executive director of the Redevelopment Agency of Murray. 

Under Tingey’s leadership, Murray City conducted an extensive Housing Market Study to identify the community’s housing needs.  Tingey engaged the City Council, Mayor and other residents in the study.  They worked together to identify the housing needs in the community and outline four primary goals aimed at providing solutions.  He also recommended that the city partner with NeighborWorks Salt Lake to achieve these goals in Murray City. 

As a result of Tingey’s leadership, the city established a NeighborWorks Salt Lake satellite office in Murray City to work on community revitalization projects that will strengthen the community and expand the city’s affordable housing supply for the future.

 

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