Industry Champions Receive Defender of Housing Awards

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The NAHB Federation is recognizing courageous federal legislators who have demonstrated strong support for housing with the inaugural Defender of Housing awards.

Based on nominations from state and local HBAs, NAHB honored 150 federal legislators – including 29 senators and 121 House members – for taking action through their votes to support home building and NAHB’s positions on key issues facing the industry.

Members of the Metropolitan Builders Association present House Speaker Paul Ryan with his award. From left: Ray Hoffman, Jim Doering, Kristine Hillmer, Speaker Ryan, David Belman, John Stoker and Jonathan Synovic.

Metropolitan Builders Association members present House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) with his Defender of Housing award. From left: Ray Hoffman, Jim Doering, Kristine Hillmer, Speaker Ryan, David Belman, John Stoker and Jonathan Synovic.

Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL) with NAHB National Area Chairman Mike Nagel.

Award recipient Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) with NAHB National Area Chairman Mike Nagel.

Some HBAs are using the award presentations to shine a spotlight on the impact of their members in their communities and the key relationship between the health of the industry and the American economy.

For example, the Heart of Texas Builders Association and the Greater Brazos Valley Builders Association presented the award to Rep. Bill Flores (R) at the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy (GWAMA) to emphasize the rewarding career opportunities available in the industry.

“It’s exciting to see how this community is leading [students] to building the workforce of the 21st century with the skills we need,” said Flores to more than 50 GWAMA students at the ceremony, according to a Waco Tribune-Herald report of the event.

The Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of New Jersey (Metro) presented its award to Rep. Leonard Lance (R) at a condominium community to highlight the work of its members with infill housing in walkable communities close to mass transit. Rep. Lance and Metro members discussed local housing issues during the event.

The award presentations also can help promote the local association to recruit new members. The Southern Oregon Builders Association created an ad to recognize Rep. Greg Walden and discuss the work of the association.

HBAs will continue to present awards to their legislators over the next few months.

Learn more about the award and see a complete list of winners on the Defenders of Housing web page.

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