BANGOR — The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials recently honored BangorHousing with the 2018 Award of Merit in Program Innovation: Resident and Client Services for the Families Forward Program.
Families Forward is a groundbreaking, two-generation, pilot program. Following a whole family approach, the program combines economic supports to parents, parent capacity building, child development, educational and social-emotional early and out-of-school learning to significantly improve outcomes for parents, children, and families. Children and families do better when they both have the opportunity to succeed. Families Forward’s goal is to improve family outcomes by simultaneously improving the outcomes of parents and their children.
“These agencies have put a lot of thought, creativity and hard work into helping residents improve their lives and into revitalizing their local communities,” said NAHRO President Carl S. Richie, Jr. “I am proud to celebrate their achievements.”
The NAHRO Awards of Merit program was created 19 years ago to recognize agencies who found innovative ways of making a difference in their communities and in the lives of the people they serve by creating affordable housing, revitalizing their neighborhoods, and developing initiatives such as job readiness programs, public-private partnerships, disaster prevention projects, and more.
“Our industry is continuously innovating to address changing local needs and to create new opportunities in their communities,” said NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman, “Congratulations to this year’s top innovators!”
NAHRO, established in 1933, is a membership organization of nearly 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.