The Gates Foundation, SHA partnership honored nationally

Written by on June 12, 2017 in Local and National News, Seattle Housing Authority - Comments Off

By U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and

Seattle Housing Authority

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council on Foundations (COF) announced the winners of the 2017 HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships.

The award recognizes excellence in partnerships that have both transformed the relationships between the sectors and led to measurable benefits in housing and community development, including increased economic development, health, safety, education, workforce development, disaster resilience, inclusivity and cultural opportunities, innovative regional approaches, and/or housing access for low- and moderate-income families.

The awards were presented at the Council on Foundations Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas in late April. They honored 10 innovative and impactful cross-sector initiatives that have increased the quality of life for low- and moderate-income Americans living in urban, suburban, and rural communities across the nation.

These initiatives focus on solving a broad range of issues, from expanding affordable housing to promoting employment opportunities for students, reducing substance abuse among young people, and improving local infrastructure.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was recognized for its support of the Pacific Northwest Housing Authority-School Partnership which includes the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, King County Housing Authority, Tacoma Housing Authority, and Seattle Housing Authority (SHA).

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting SHA’s work with the Seattle Public School (SPS) district to help improve educational outcomes for SPS students living in SHA housing.

“I want to congratulate each of our winners for their extraordinary efforts to bridge the gap between philanthropy, government, and nonprofits,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Today’s awards celebrate the power of partnership, and honor exceptional organizations that are laying a strong foundation for more Americans to succeed and thrive.”

Awards were given to place-based funders for completed or ongoing projects that are executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency.

“The 10 initiatives being honored are an inspiring reminder that when philanthropy and government work together and lead together in cross-sector partnerships, their collaborations can achieve incredible results for the communities we collectively serve,” said Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill. “On behalf of the Council, I congratulate each of the outstanding foundations being awarded today.”

For more information on the other winners, please visit

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