The North Bergen Housing Authority is receiving the Community Impact Award from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) for their COVID-19 pandemic response.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Officials will accept the award at the NAHRO National Conference and Exhibition on September 22nd in San Diego.
“I am very proud that our housing authority is the recipient of this award. The pandemic hit our community very hard but thanks to the efforts of the NBHA we took the necessary steps to ensure our residents continued to receive the services they needed,” state Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco said in a statement.
“Thank you to NAHRO for this award, as well as a sincere thank you to our NBHA staff for their resolute commitment to their jobs.””
The NBHA serves a largely Latino/minority community. Of the 986 public housing units they reserve 811 units for elderly and/or disabled persons.
During the pandemic, the transportation services that many tenants rely on were suspended during periods of quarantine.
The NBHA staff recognized a need to get vital household necessities and fresh food products to the elderly, handicapped, and less mobile tenants, so they established partnerships with local warehouse distributors who periodically donate large quantities of sundry and household items for needy persons.
“We don’t do this work for recognition, but it is encouraging when it is acknowledged,” added NBHA Executive Director Gerald Sanzari.
“I am very excited to send a member of my staff to attend the national conference later this month because it will provide them with a tremendous opportunity to make valuable new contacts, develop relationships, and research new housing products, technologies, and solutions.”
NAHRO was established in 1933 as a membership organization of more than 19,500 housing and community development providers and professionals administering more than 3 million homes for more than 8 million people throughout the United States.
It is the leading advocate for affordable housing and strong, viable, and sustainable communities for all Americans.