A group of affordable housing advocates were honored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission during a conference this month in Tacoma.

The annual Friends of Housing Awards recognize people or organizations who contribute to finding affordable housing solutions on a number of different fronts, such as innovative financing to introducing housing legislation and policies.

This year’s Friends of Housing Awards recipients include:

  • Andrew Lofton (Executive Director, Seattle Housing Authority)
  • Doug Hobkirk and Alice Quaintance (Seattle residents, community service advocates)
  • Melodie Pazolt (Behavioral Health Programs and Recovery Supports Section Manager, Washington Health Care Authority & Washington State Department of Social and Health Services)
  • Nicole Macri (State Representative, 43rd District)
  • Arthur J. Sullivan (Program Manager, ARCH)
  • John Harmon (Former Executive Director, Bellingham/Whatcom County Housing Authorities)

In addition, two people received the Margaret M. Sevy Lifetime Achievement Award, which is named for a respected former staff member of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission and celebrates individuals for their exceptional contributions, vision, and commitment to promoting affordable housing in Washington State.

This year’s Margaret M. Sevy Lifetime Achievement Awards recipients include:

  • Paul Lambros (Executive Director, Plymouth Housing Group)
  • Melora Hiller (Former Chief Executive Officer, Grounded Solutions Network)

“We’re deeply inspired by the passion, innovation, and tenacity each of these housing leaders has shown,” said Karen Miller, chair of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. “We couldn’t be happier to honor the people who who’ve made it their life’s mission to create and preserve affordable housing.”