Receives Robert C. Weaver Housing Champion Award for Work as Chair of BRAC Subcabinet
Bethesda, Md. (May 9, 2011) – Today, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown became the second annual recipient of the esteemed “Robert C. Weaver Housing Champion Award.” The Award, sponsored by the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County, Maryland, honors those individuals who have had a significant impact on affordable housing. It is named in honor of Dr. Robert C. Weaver, the first Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the first African-American to hold a Presidential Cabinet position.
Lt. Governor Brown was recognized for his work as chair of the Governor’s Subcabinet on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), where he led the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to increase the availability of affordable housing in BRAC-impacted communities. Working with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and Federal partners, he led efforts to invest in 26 new affordable rental housing projects, create a new loan pool to help preserve 9,000 existing affordable housing units, and provide a $2,500 “BRAC Match” incentive to help relocating military and defense contractor personnel with down payment and closing costs.
“On behalf of all Marylanders, I’d like to congratulate Lt. Governor Brown on receiving this year’s Robert Weaver Housing Champion Award,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Lt. Governor Brown is a great leader on jobs, health care, and fights every day for a stronger, growing upwardly mobile middle class.”
“I am honored to receive this award recognizing the tireless efforts of the entire BRAC Subcabinet team to increase the availability of affordable housing in Montgomery County and throughout our State,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Governor O’Malley and I remain committed to supporting measures that will help make housing more affordable for all Marylanders.”
The award was presented to Lt. Governor Brown by County Executive Leggett during the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County’s 20th Annual Affordable Housing Summit. This year’s summit, entitled “20/20 Vision for Affordable Housing in Montgomery County,” featured keynote speeches by Governor O’Malley and Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize winning author and Washington Post journalist.
"I cannot think of a better recipient for the Robert C. Weaver Housing Champion Award than our own Lt. Governor Anthony Brown,” said Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Executive and 2010 recipient of the Robert C. Weaver Award. “He continues to demonstrate his unwavering support for and commitment to affordable housing and related issues through his work as Chair of the Governor's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Subcabinet. It is an honor to present him with this esteemed and very well deserved award. He has demonstrated his strong commitment to ensuring that all residents and specifically those in Maryland have decent, safe and affordable housing."
"This revered award is presented to individuals who demonstrate outstanding and selfless work in making housing affordable to all Americans. We believe that housing is an inalienable right and not a privilege. The Honorable Robert C. Weaver devoted his life to this cause. And, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown exemplifies such tireless commitment. We are proud, indeed, to be in a position to recognize the Lt. Governor in such a meaningful way,” said Barbara Goldberg Goldman, Co-Chair of the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County.
Since its inception in 1991, the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County (AHCMC) has tackled affordable housing related issues and their impacts, specifically upon Montgomery County, MD residents. The mission of AHCMC is to bring together elected officials, housing and community development leaders, business professionals, activists and others to work toward affordable housing solutions.
Through its annual conference, awards programs, seminars, advocacy efforts and roundtable meetings, AHCHC seeks to form coalitions that identify and address issues including, but not limited to, workforce housing, mixed-use and mixed-income developments, inclusionary zoning, preservation of rental housing, first time home ownership, lending and fair housing, public-private partnerships and housing for people with disabilities. Throughout the year, Board members work closely with local, state and federal government officials, private developers, financial institutions and other nonprofit organizations to ensure that affordable housing remains at the forefront of local, state and national legislative and regulatory agendas.