NeighborWorks America honors top change makers with award

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orothy Richardson Awards for Resident Leadership recognize resident leaders who improve communities, boost equity

Washington, D.C. – RealEstateRama – As many communities of color continue to struggle to build generational wealth and cope with the ramifications of a lack thereof, one leader is helping reclaim land for Black families and correct past wrongs. Kavon Ward is one of six individuals NeighborWorks America awarded its annual Dorothy Richardson Awards for Resident Leadership in a virtual ceremony on March 30. All honorees are creating access to opportunities and helping develop solutions to critical community issues.

Resident leaders act as positive change agents in their communities and help fix problems. NeighborWorks America’s founding story is based on a resident-led, 1968 campaign for better housing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – led by Dorothy Mae Richardson. She had vision, commitment, and the endurance to address an important community need.

“This year’s Dorothy Richardson Awards for Resident Leadership honorees are working to create more equitable communities,” said Paul Singh, vice president of community initiatives at NeighborWorks America. “Through working with youth, expanding access to opportunities, helping people heal, ensuring food security, and more, they make neighborhoods better.”

Communities are more inclusive, resilient, and vibrant when residents are empowered to drive and maintain positive change. NeighborWorks America offers training and development opportunities for local resident leaders to empower them to create solutions to problems facing their communities. More than 15,000 resident leaders have participated in NeighborWorks America’s annual Community Leadership Institute.

About NeighborWorks America
For more than 40 years, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., a national, nonpartisan nonprofit known as NeighborWorks America, has strived to make every community a place of opportunity. Our network of excellence includes nearly 250 members in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. NeighborWorks America offers grant funding, peer exchange, technical assistance, evaluation tools, and access to training as the nation’s leading trainer of housing and community development professionals. NeighborWorks network organizations provide residents in their communities with affordable homes, owned and rented; financial counseling and coaching; community building through resident engagement; and collaboration in the areas of health, employment, and education.

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