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State Representative Alice Hausman

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Posted: 2016-06-17
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– Rep. Alice Hausman has been named the recipient of the prestigious Mary K. Nenno Legislative Advocacy Award by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). This national award recognizes outstanding and innovative achievement in legislative advocacy. Rep. Hausman led the 2014 effort for historic investments to address the affordable housing needs of families, veterans, seniors and low income Minnesotans. She continues to promote and support affordable, accessible housing for all Minnesotans.


“I am honored to receive this award,” said Rep. Hausman. “Stable housing options are critical to building healthy communities. I am humbled to be part of the effort to provide affordable housing to moderate and low income individuals and families.”


Rep. Hausman will accept the award in July at the NAHRO national conference in Portland, Oregon.


Born in 1924, Mary Kathryn Nenno worked at NAHRO from 1960 to 1991, serving first as Assistant Director for Housing, then as Director of Program Policy and Research, then as Associate Director for Policy Development. She was one of the first to initiate NAHRO’s role as monitor and reporter on federal legislation of critical importance to housing and community development practitioners. In 1987, she and Philip M. Klutznick were jointly awarded NAHRO’s highest honor, the M. Justin Herman award. Ms. Nenno was also a Trustee Emirita of the Cooperative Housing Foundation.

A lifetime NAHRO member, Ms. Nenno was an extensive traveler, speaker and prolific writer. Her works include both articles for industry publications such as the Journal of Housing and Community Development and Development Law and Outlook, as well as full-length books such as Housing in Local Government and The Story of Housing and Ending the Stalemate: Moving Housing and Urban Development into the Mainstream of America's Future.

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