| HUD No. 06-051
May 4, 2006
NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC HOUSING DIRECTORS NAME BERNARDI 2006 "HOUSING CHAMPION"
HUD Deputy Secretary and former Syracuse Mayor honored for years promoting affordable housing
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Roy A. Bernardi today received the "2006 Housing Champion Award" from an organization representing dozens of upstate New York public housing directors.
The New York State Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (NYSPHADA) presented its second annual award to Bernardi during a ceremony in Syracuse for his many decades' work to increase affordable housing opportunities for lower income families. NYSPHADA represents 52 small, medium and large public housing authorities that houses more than 90,000 lower income households throughout upstate New York."I'm extremely gratified and humbled by this honor," said Bernardi. "In an environment where every dollar counts, New York State's public housing directors are on the front lines of helping families find a decent and affordable place to live. To be called a ‘housing champion' in this company is high praise indeed."
James A. Mirando, NYSPHADA President and Director of the Elmira, NY Housing Authority said, "Roy Bernardi has devoted his career to improving the health of cities and communities across the country. Be it his open-door policy or his strong support of housing and community development programs throughout New York State, Roy Bernardi has proven himself to be a champion."
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