At the 17th annual A Home for Everyone statewide affordable housing conference recently held in Eau Claire, Wis., two awards for excellence in affordable housing were presented. The conference, which brought together over 250 individuals and organizations dedicated to the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Wisconsin, was held at the Plaza Hotel and Suites in Eau Claire on July 24–25, 2013.
Peter Kilde, Executive Director of West CAP (a WISCAP member agency) serving seven rural counties in northwest Wisconsin, was awarded the prestigious Charles M. Hill, Sr. Award for Housing Excellence at the conference. This award, named in honor of Charles M. Hill, Sr., who served from 1970-78 in the cabinet of three Wisconsin Governors, is presented annually to an individual who “exhibits a life-long effort of dedication and excellence in the creation of affordable housing in Wisconsin.” Mr. Kilde received this year’s award as recognition of the many years of commitment and expertise he has brought to the cause of affordable housing in Wisconsin. As Executive Director of West CAP for the past eighteen years, Peter has led successful and innovative housing developments in a rural part of the state traditionally under-utilized by such efforts. During that time he has been on the cutting edge of innovation in applying creative energy efficiency strategies to housing developments, enhancing their affordability.
The YWCA of Madison was awarded the inaugural Wisconsin Collaborative for Affordable Housing Organizational Award, designed to honor an organization which has provided outstanding service to the cause of affordable housing while representing the best aspects of community organization and collaboration in doing so. The YWCA of Madison received this award in recognition of the several affordable housing options it has created, including the development of several Housing First programs. Over the past two decades, the YWCA Madison’s housing programs have grown significantly. Whereas, in 1990, the YWCA had only two housing programs located at their downtown facility (a homeless shelter for families and affordable housing for single women), today the YWCA Madison provides ten different housing programs. In addition to the 111 units of shelter and affordable housing for families and single women at the 101 E. Mifflin Street building, the YWCA Madison supports an additional 96 market-rate apartments for families throughout the City of Madison and in Dane County. In addition, the YWCA of Madison provides leadership in promoting affordable and homeless programs by participating as a member of the Dane County Continuum of Care, the Homeless Service Consortium (HSC), the HSC Legislative/Public Policy Committee, the Dane County Shelter Providers’ Network and the Mainstream Resources Committee. Ms. Nancy Wrenn Bauch, Coordinator of the YWCA Madison’s Third Street Program, received the award on behalf of the YWCA Madison.
In addition to these two awards, the conference honored Miss Maricxa Vargas for her creation of the logo used for this year’s event. Miss Vargas, age 9, was presented with a plaque signed by Governor Scott Walker honoring her for her artistic contribution. Her logo, selected by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Affordable Housing from a group of submissions from children participating in HUD-funded housing centers, was featured on various conference materials during the two-day conference event.
A Home for Everyone conference logo winners 1998–2013: