Dorchester Reporter: Metro Housing Boston cites its ‘Champions of Housing’

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Metro Housing Boston cites its ‘Champions of Housing’

Metro Housing Boston, a non-profit organization that offers personalized services to prevent homelessness and to provide affordable housing for the residents of Greater
Boston, held their annual “Champions of Housing” celebration on Nov. 7 at the Wang Theater downtown.

The event raised more than $409,000, which Metro Housing Boston said is a record for the annual celebration fundraiser.

“Champions of Housing” was established in 2008 to honor the accomplishments of individuals and organizations best representing Metro Housing Boston co-founder William S. Edgerly’s concept of government, nonprofit, and for-profit partnerships to develop, promote, and preserve affordable housing in the City.

The “Housing Champion Award” is given annually to individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions in helping residents of Greater Boston bridge gaps in the homelessness prevention and affordable housing systems. The 2019 recipients include: John Keith and Shelley Hoon Keith of Keith Properties, Inc. and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.

The Lowell L. Richards Ill Award recognizes individuals for their outstanding leadership and contributions to a wide range of housing-related issues across the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors. The 2019 recipient is Pamela Feingold of Eastern Bank.

The “Rising Star Award” recognizes the achievements of emerging leaders who are passionate and dedicated to affordable housing and homelessness prevention. The 2019 recipients are: Jesse Kanson-Benanav of B’nai B’rith Housing and Robert Torres of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

The 2019 Champions of Housing honorees, from left: Robert Torres, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Pamela Feingold, Eastern Bank; Shelley Hoon Keith and John Keith, Keith Properties, Inc.; Jesse
Kanson-Benanav, B’nai B’rith Housing. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley was unable to attend the event.


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