A Birthday & Retirement Reception for NLIHC President and CEO Sheila Crowley

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) organized a birthday and retirement celebration for its President and CEO Sheila Crowley on January 28th, 2016. The reception was attended by NLIHC board members, homeless and affordable housing advocates, and Sheila’s family. NLIHC is grateful to Bank of America for generously hosting the event at the stunning Bank of America 10th floor venue at its offices in Washington, DC and for catering the event.

Besides the guest of honor, Sheila Crowley, the following people spoke at the event: Ken Wade, Senior Community Affairs Executive, Bank of America; Bill Faith, Executive Director of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHIO) and NLIHC Board Member (MC); Jonathan Harwitz, Managing Director of Federal Policy and Government Affairs, the Low Income Investment Fund; Nancy Bernstine, former Exec. Director of the National AIDS Housing Coalition and NLIHC’s 2016 Cushing Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award recipient; Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness and NLIHC’s 2011 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award recipient; Joe Ventrone, Vice President of the National Association of REALTORS® Regulatory and Industry Relations; Ann O’Hara, former Associate Director of the Technical Assistance Collaborative and NLIHC Board Member; George Moses, former NLIHC Board Chairman and NLIHC’s 2012 Cushing Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award recipient; and Shaun Donovan, Director of OMB, former HUD Secretary, and NLIHC’s 2016 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award recipient.

Credit for these beautiful photos goes to Ellen Errico, our Graphic Design and Web Manager.



February 5th: Deadline for Organizing Award Nominations

In the wake of the fast approaching deadline of Friday, February 5th at 5pm Eastern for our Organizing Award, James Saucedo from the field team at the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has produced a short one-minute video to tell you about this wonderful opportunity to get your work nationally recognized.

NLIHC’s Policy Forum will take place this year on April 3rd through the 5th in Washington, DC.

Every year at the Forum we honor the hard work and accomplishments of members through our Organizing Award. We are reviewing nominations for this year’s Organizing Award right now. You can submit a nomination using a simple form online. Just go to nlihcforum.org and click on the Awards link at the top of the page.

Our deadline is in one week on Friday, February 5th at 5pm Eastern, so if you have not already submitted a nomination, now is your last chance! If you have any questions, you can tweet at us or email us at outreach@nlihc.org.

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#GivingTuesday: Please Support NLIHC

Giving TuesdayToday is the 2015 National Day of Giving: Please support the National Low Income Housing Coalition! Our staff has prepared a video to thank you for your support and show what we do at the Coalition. Please click here to watch the video. 

We deeply appreciate your generous support that enables us to work to end homelessness and housing poverty in America – advancing socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes have affordable and decent homes.

We cannot do what we do without you!

Photos from NLIHC Board Meeting


Sheila Crowley Retiring after 17 Years as NLIHC President and CEO

sheila(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Sheila Crowley announced that she will retire in 2016 from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) after leading the organization as President and CEO for over 17 years. Dr. Crowley will continue with NLIHC through April 2016 to ensure a smooth and successful transition for her successor.

“Sheila has been instrumental in shaping NLIHC to the force for change that it is today,” said Brenda Clement, NLIHC Board Chair. “Her leadership has been extraordinary. NLIHC is grounded in the conviction that access to safe, decent, affordable housing is a basic human right, and Sheila has carried the torch. Using research and data, organizing, communications and media outreach, Sheila has developed partners and champions on both sides of the aisle, within Congress, multiple Administrations, and with thousands of low income housing advocates across the country. She has established, cultivated, and solidified the reputation of NLIHC as a trusted source of information for policymakers in Washington, DC and the members we serve. NLIHC is well positioned for continued success due in large part to Sheila’s leadership and vision.”

“We celebrate Sheila’s many accomplishments at the helm of NLIHC,” said Ms. Clement. “In particular, it was her determined advocacy for so many years that led to the creation of and funding for the National Housing Trust Fund.” The National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), designed to build, preserve, rehabilitate, and operate rental homes for people with the lowest incomes, was created in 2008 as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA). Due to begin providing grants to states in 2016, NHTF is the first new federal funding in a generation that is targeted to expand the supply of rental housing affordable for extremely low income households. NLIHC is now at the forefront in helping states prepare to utilize the new Trust Fund dollars, fighting back recent attempts to defund the NHFT, and advocating for new non-appropriated resources. Dr. Crowley initiated the United for Homes campaign that seeks to modify the mortgage interest deduction and use the revenue raised to fund the NHTF.

“It has been my great honor to serve an organization that is deeply committed to social justice and takes such bold positions to solve the housing problems of the poorest Americans. NLIHC has a talented and dedicated staff who work to advance NLIHC’s mission each and every day,” said Dr. Crowley. “I am confident that the Board of Directors will choose a new leader who will maintain NLIHC’s long-held values while taking the organization to new heights.”

The NLIHC Board of Directors has formed a Search Committee, composed of Ms. Clement, six current board members, and George Moses, who was the Board Chair from 2006 to 2012. The board has engaged the consulting firm Nonprofit HR to facilitate the search. A job announcement will be released in the coming month.

For further information, as well as to provide recommendations to the Search Committee, please contact NLIHC’s Executive Search Consultant, Patty Hampton, CSP, Managing Partner at Nonprofit HR via email at phampton@nonprofithr.com or 202-785-2060 ext. 103.