The Madison Housing Authority is the 2011 recipient of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials’ (NAHRO) Merit Award for Project Design Excellence for its Firehouse Apartments senior housing complex.

The Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in housing and community development programs throughout the nation, will be presented to the Madison Housing Authority at the Louisville Marriott Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky at their annual summer conference.

“NAHRO is proud of those agencies which are setting examples through innovative programs and an ongoing commitment to excellence,” said NAHRO President Akinola Popoola.  “Agencies such as the Madison Housing Authority are making tremendous headway in responding to the major challenges of today.  They are setting standards to be followed by other agencies around the country.”

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The Madison Housing Authority’s Firehouse Apartments is located in the heart of the downtown business district and gives the residents a sense of community.  The location was the site of the original firehouse built in 1903 and converted to a health center in the mid 1960’s.

The new building was designed to look like the original firehouse and has been recognized because of its beauty and functionality as well as its proximity to services for the elderly.

In accepting the award, Barbara W. Valk, Chairman of the Authority said, “Once again the Madison Housing Authority has been recognized as a leader in the field of public and assisted housing.  The overriding consideration when designing this housing was to create an atmosphere of community pride and to make sure that there was never a feeling of isolation or segregation.

Louis A. Riccio, Executive Director said, “I would like to commend the Board of Commissioners for their continued commitment to excellence and their perseverance in providing affordable housing for the residents of Madison.  Without the Board’s dedication and the support of municipal officials this greatly needed affordable housing would never have become a reality.”

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials is a 77 year old professional membership organization of housing and community development officials throughout the United States which administers HUD programs at the local level.  Its membership, numbering 19,734 individual members and 3,148 agency members has long participated in the creation and fine-tuning of national housing and community development policies and programs.