Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) President and CEO Carol Gore is the 2011 recipient of the prestigious M. Justin Herman Memorial Award from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). NAHRO is the nation’s leading affordable housing and community development advocacy organization.
The M. Justin Herman Memorial Award is NAHRO’s preeminent honor and is bestowed on one recipient each year. It is awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to bettering lives through service in the field of housing or community development and is made on the basis of extraordinary accomplishments and contributions.
“Carol’s vision and business acumen has led CIHA to exceptional places,” said CIRI President and CEO Margie Brown. “I congratulate Carol on receiving this celebrated award and thank her for the important work she does for our community.”
Gore has led CIHA for 11 years. CIHA’s mission is “to create housing opportunities that empower our people and build our community.” The programs offered by CIHA are designed to encourage clients’ transition toward self-sufficiency through homeownership or quality, affordable rental housing.
Under Gore’s leadership, CIHA has more than doubled the portfolio of affordable rentals it owns and manages, diversified its business to include homes for immediate homeownership and expanded accounting and project management services. Gore also led CIHA to create Cook Inlet Lending Center, a nonprofit subsidiary of CIHA that helps eligible low and modest income families purchase homes in the Southcentral Alaska region. Visit www.cookinlethousing.org to learn more about CIHA.