HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 06-016
Antoinette Banks
(202) 708-0685
For Release
February 7, 2006

GWAC awards Kendrick with the Charlotte E. Ray Award.

WASHINGTON - U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Assistant Secretary Kim Kendrick received the Charlotte E. Ray Award today from the Greater Washington Area Chapter Woman Lawyers (GWAC) at its 18th annual award ceremony.

Kendrick serves as Assistant Secretary for HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO).

Each year, GWAC and the GWAC Foundation recognize an outstanding African-American woman from the local bar association in honor of Charlotte E. Ray. Ray, the first woman admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and the first African-American woman certified as a lawyer in the United States. Past recipients of this award have been, the Honorable Judith W. Rogers of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Honorable Annice Wagner, former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and Barbara Arnwine, Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Kendrick, a native of Pittsburgh, Penn. and University of Pittsburgh Law School graduate, is an active member of GWAC, having served as its president, as well as a long serving member of its board of directors. She has also served as Vice President of the GWAC Foundation.

As FHEO Assistant Secretary, Kendrick is charged with administering federal fair housing laws and establishing national policies that mandate all Americans have equal access to housing of their choice. Formerly, Senior Counselor to HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, Kendrick advised and represented Jackson on a wide variety of HUD programs, policies and strategies. Before joining the Bush Administration, she was the General Counsel to Covenant House Washington, an international non-profit organization committed to helping and safeguarding homeless, runaway and at-risk youth.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and

People who believe they are the victims of housing discrimination should contact HUD at (800) 669-9777. Additional information is available at


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