NeighborWorks America Northeast Region Receives Nonprofit of the Year Award From New York Housing Conference

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NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today NeighborWorks America Northeast Regional Director Deborah Boatright was presented with the Nonprofit of the Year Award by the New York Housing Conference at their 39th Annual Awards Program. NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities, supports a network of more than 235 nonprofits, located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The New York Housing Conference is a broad-based coalition that advocates for decent affordable housing for all New Yorkers.

In presenting the award to Boatright, Judy Calogero, chief executive officer of the New York Housing Conference, said, "Deborah is being honored for her extraordinary leadership in affordable housing over her many years of service in government and the nonprofit sector, and also, NeighborWorks America Northeast Region for all they have done and continue to do to help our region recover from the foreclosure crisis. NeighborWorks America and all their affiliate organizations based in New York State have helped to improve the quality of life and living conditions for thousands of people from Long Island to Buffalo to the Adirondack Park."

During the ceremony, a tribute video "Nonprofit of the Year" featuring Boatright and her work with NeighborWorks America and produced by the New York Housing Conference played for the attendees. Deborah Boatright is a recognized expert in the fields of affordable housing and community development. Her specialty is in developing partnerships and collaborations that bring the public and private sector together to address community needs and improve housing options for low and moderate income families. As northeast regional director at NeighborWorks America, she is responsible for agency operations throughout the Northeast, which includes 80 network affiliates spread among 11 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"It is a tremendous honor to receive this prestigious award on behalf of NeighborWorks America, and I am truly humbled by the recognition of my peers at the New York Housing Conference after 20 years as a community developer. NeighborWorks America, along with our NeighborWorks organizations, has had transformative impact in building stronger communities, and this award is a great recognition of our work," said Boatright.

"Deborah is an outstanding champion for community development in New York State," said Eileen Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of NeighborWorks America. "We are so proud to be recognized with this prestigious award."
Before the awards ceremony, NeighborWorks America facilitated a morning symposium "Foreclosure Recovery Models for Community Stabilization" which explored innovative models to promote neighborhood stabilization and address the impact of foreclosure on neighborhoods. Ascala Sisk, senior manager, community stabilization, NeighborWorks America served as moderator.

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For nearly 35 years, NeighborWorks America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation's leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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