This week, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) honored U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., with the Legislator of the Year award.
This award is presented to members of Congress who are strong advocates for housing and community development programs.
Diaz-Balart serves as the ranking Republican member on the U.S. House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriation Subcommittee. He has supported HUD funding and worked to maintain and upgrade the country’s roadways, seaports, transit systems, and airports to further invest in community and infrastructure development.
“I am honored to be recognized by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) with the Legislator of the Year award,” said Diaz-Balart on Wednesday. “As former chairman and now ranking member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, I have secured billions of federal dollars to support affordable housing initiatives and community development programs for vulnerable Americans. As our nation continues to tackle the damaging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, I will continue to work diligently to ensure American families have a place to call home. I thank the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials for this prestigious award, and I applaud their tireless work in advocating for our nation’s housing programs.”
“We’re very pleased to honor Rep. Diaz-Balart,” said NAHRO President Sunny Shaw. “Public housing agencies nationwide especially appreciate his commitment to housing in the face of potentially crippling budget cuts. And his continued support is greatly needed as our nation continues to contend with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
NAHRO, which was established in 1933, is a membership organization of 20,000 housing and community development providers and professionals throughout the United States. NAHRO members create and manage affordable housing for low- and middle-income families and support vibrant communities that enhance the quality of life for all. They administer more than 3 million homes for more than 8 million people.