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For the record

June 10, 2007

The Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown has been named a 2007 recipient of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Awards of Excellence for its work at Program Innovation-Community Revitalization and Project Design.

The awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in housing and community development programs throughout the nation, were presented to Housing Authority Executive Director Ted Shankle at Ocean City Md., on Friday, May 25, for the Hope VI Hagerstown West End Revitalization.

The Hope VI project is designed to replace the old Westview Homes with 290 rental homes and 62 homes that were sold, faade renovations on five existing homes and building the 21,000-square-foot multipurpose Elgin Station Community Center.

In accepting the award, Shankle said "the staff and Board of Commissioners of the Hagerstown Housing Authority dedicate this community to the citizens of Hagerstown. May this community serve as a testament to the ideals of vision and teamwork and as an inspiration to future generations."

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The NAHRO Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding achievement in housing and community development programs in five categories.

Program Innovation-Community Revitalization includes innovative use of programs in areas such as economic development, neighborhood preservation, and creative financing. Project Design includes efforts such as new housing design, housing modernization, enduring design, and landscape design. In a very rare occurrence, The Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown is a recipient of Awards of Excellence in two categories.

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials is a 74-year-old membership organization of 3,200 housing and community development agencies and 19,500 professionals throughout the United States whose mission is to create affordable housing and safe, viable communities that enhance the quality of life for all Americans, especially those of low- and moderate-income.

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