National Equity Fund Honored with the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans’ Outstanding Corporate Partner Award
Chicago-based National Equity Fund® (NEF) was presented with the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans’ Outstanding Corporate Partner Award at NCHV’s annual awards banquet last Thursday in Washington, D.C. The award is presented to corporate partners that have played a vital role in reducing the number of homeless veterans by more than 70 percent since 2005. Citi Community Development and The Home Depot Foundation also received the award.
Debbie Burkart, national vice president of supportive housing, accepted the honor on behalf of NEF and its parent company the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Their efforts under the Bring Them Homes initiative have produced thousands of affordable housing units for homeless veterans across the country. Citi Community Development and other funders have been important partners in this plan.
“We’re so humbled by this recognition,” said Burkart. “We’ve been actively developing supportive housing for veterans and their families and working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on policy for several years, and while much has been accomplished, there is so much more we need to do,” she added.
In addition to the partnership award, one of NEF’s low income housing tax credit developments, Valley Brook Village, received the Pete Dougherty Award for Excellence in Supportive Housing for Homeless Veterans. This is a new award named for the former VA director of Homeless Programs and chief advisor to seven secretaries of Veterans Affairs. Located in Lyons, New Jersey, Valley Brook Village was developed by Community Hope, Peabody Properties and Windover Construction. The award came with a $50,000 gift courtesy of the Home Depot Foundation.
The banquet was held at the conclusion of the second day of NCHV’s three-day annual conference, which brings together federal and state agencies, social services agencies, affordable housing developers and others dedicated to ending veteran homelessness. Some of this year’s speakers included Thomas Perez, secretary of the Department of Labor, Laura Zeilinger, executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, Lisa Pape, national director of homeless programs for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fred Wacker, director and chief operating officer of The Home Depot Foundation and Kyung “KC” Choi, senior vice president, Citi Salutes program director, Citi Community Development.