The Tennessee Housing Development Agency announced the winners of the Tennessee’s Best awards last month at the 2020 Tennessee Housing Conference in Nashville.
The Tennessee’s Best awards honor outstanding individuals and organizations whose contributions on behalf of affordable housing, whether producing, designing, developing, financing or promoting housing policy, inspires others to serve Tennesseans’ housing needs.
Winners were selected in five categories — Neighborhood Stabilization Award, Regional Impact Award, Housing Leadership Award, Legacy Award and the Director’s Award.
Neighborhood Stabilization Award – Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation
The Neighborhood Stabilization Award goes to an organization that has significantly contributed to the stabilization of a neighborhood through their use of THDA programs or the orchestrated use of THDA programs with other housing organizations.
Regional Impact Award – Healthy Community, LLC
The Impact Award recognizes an organization and/or project that has gone above and beyond to address affordable housing challenges in Tennessee and make changes that will positively affect affordable housing for Tennesseans in the years to come.
The Housing Leadership Award – Bettie Kirkland of Project Return
The Housing Leadership Award is given to a person who has contributed significantly to increasing the availability and/or awareness of affordable housing in the State of Tennessee and serves as an inspirational leader and an advocate for affordable housing.
The Legacy Award Award – Henry Turley of the Henry Turley Co.
The Legacy Award is given when desired at the discretion of the Executive Director of THDA to recognize a lifetime or enduring contribution to affordable housing in Tennessee.
Director’s Award – Jim Harbison of Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency
The Director's Award is given to a person, organization, program or activity found that made the greatest impact in their areas of expertise and were instrumental in creating affordable housing opportunities to those in need.
The Tennessee's Best awards were given during the 2020 Governor's Housing Conference, which was hosted by THDA at the Music City Center in Nashville on March 12-13. The conference is held annually to bring together housing professionals from across the state and country to discuss important housing issues and their impact on Tennessee.