Annual Awards Program

Affordable Housing Solutionists

From a country rooted in stolen land and chattel slavery, where “home” was constantly ripped from indigenous, black, and brown people—it is time to take a stand for housing as a human right.

Many across the affordable housing industry have a vision for ensuring access to housing and ending homelessness, but to do so, we must acknowledge that structural racism is a root cause of housing insecurity. Addressing these issues will require tackling housing and racial justice.

What is it that we must give up? What is it that we must reimagine? How can we begin to move the needle? What are viable options and solutions?

Join us for the 2021 VHA Annual Awards Ceremony as we share in a powerful conversation around ending homelessness in our region and beyond.

This year’s theme, “Affordable Housing Solutionists,” is designed to spotlight those in our field who address challenges through innovative problem-solving approaches, creative uses of financing tools, sustainable program design, excellence in service delivery, etc.

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of “Affordable Housing Solutions” who have provided outstanding contributions to homeless-services and affordable housing in the Commonwealth.

This year’s honorees will be awarded in the following categories:
  • Game Changer
  • Emerging Leader
  • Housing Champion (Distinguished Philanthropist)
  • Hall of Fame
After careful deliberation and numerous conversations with our partners and planning committee, we have reached the difficult conclusion that it would be irresponsible to hold Annual Awards Lunch  in person this year given the current (and projected) rate of Covid transmission. We hope that you all are able to join us on our virtual platform to congratulate this year’s winners! Please register below to receive information on this year’s celebration.
Keynote Speaker:

Amanda Andere

CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness

Amanda Misiko Andere has spent over fifteen years working in the nonprofit and public sector as a leader committed to racial and housing justice through advocacy for systemic change. Prior to joining Funders Together to End Homelessness as their CEO, she served as the CEO of Wider Opportunities for Women, a national advocacy organization. Currently, she serves as a board member of the United Philanthropy Forum and Equity in the Center. Amanda is a founding member and on the leadership team for the National Racial Equity Working Group on Homelessness and Housing. She also serves on the Leadership Council for the DC Partnership to End Homelessness. As a former Co-Chair of A Way Home America, Amanda is a co-conspirator in their work to end youth and young adult homelessness rooted in racial equity.

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Oct 01 2021


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm