Without the dedicated support of our members, NLIHC would not be able to do the work we do. Our members take time out of their busy schedules to take action on important housing issues. Our members develop strong relationships with their Members of Congress, which allows us to have a greater impact when meeting with federal legislators. NLIHC thanks its members for all that you do for us, while also remaining dedicated to state and local advocacy efforts.

In 2009, NLIHC added a new award to honor the work of NLIHC member organizations for their ability to organize at the state and local levels. It is hoped that this award will convey to our members the appreciation we have for the work they do in their own communities.

The award is presented every spring at the annual Housing Policy Conference and is given for outstanding achievement during the prior calendar year for organizing activity at the state or local level that furthers the mission of NLIHC: achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.

Such activity could include, but is not limited to: the use of community events, door to door solicitation, a technology or media-driven campaign and/or other organizing activities to mobilize a community or constituent base in a way that led to a significant legislative victory at the state or local level, significant progress on a state or local legislative campaign, or significant progress in the building of a resident-driven organization.

Eligible organizations are those that were NLIHC members during the prior calendar year. Organizations may self-nominate.

NLIHC is currently soliciting nominations for the 2011 award. Want to nominate an organization for outstanding advocacy efforts in 2011? Send your nominations to outreach@nlihc.org with the subject: SLO Award.