Jacksonville, Fla. — March, 2016 — The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has appointed Ability Housing’s Executive Director, Shannon Nazworth, to an advisory group of affordable housing developers that will serve as a resource for potential recipients of National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) grants. This is the latest of many national recognitions for the excellent Ms. Nazworth.
The National Housing Trust Fund is an estimated $174 million block grant administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Development and Planning. The NHTF was established to produce, preserve, rehabilitate, and operate rental housing that is affordable to extremely low income (ELI) households, defined as households with incomes at or below 30 percent of the area median income. NHTF grants will be available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. HUD is expected to publish each state’s NHTF allocation in mid-April 2016. NHTF dollars come from a small, non-appropriated assessment on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s book of business each year.
All 17 members of the advisory group were chosen for their unique expertise as non-profit developers with experience in developing and operating rental housing for ELI households. Representatives were selected from 12 states, as well as the District of Columbia. Nazworth is the only member of the advisory group from the state of Florida.
“I am honored to join so many of my esteemed colleagues in this endeavor,” said Nazworth. “The NHTF grant program has the potential to make affordable housing a reality for many struggling families, both here in Florida and across the nation. I look forward to sharing the experience and insight I have acquired through my work with Ability Housing to make a positive difference in communities around the country.”
“Shannon was selected to participate in this advisory group because of her deep expertise in developing and operating housing for those in America who need it most,” said NLIHC President and CEO Sheila Crowley. “We are so pleased to have her contributions to this important endeavor.”
In addition to illustrating her willingness to serve as a resource for potential NHTF grant recipients, Nazworth’s participation is a testament to her commitment to working with state housing coalition advocates and Florida’s elected officials to plan and implement sound NHTF grants to serve Florida families.
ABOUT ABILITY HOUSING:
Ability Housing is a Florida nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness and fostering the independence of adults with a disability. The organization provides affordable and permanent supportive housing in Northeast and Central Florida; implementing recognized best practices which pair housing with individualized support services.
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