Friday, May 5, 2006

ARCH seeks nominations for housing awards

Advocates for Real Community Housing, a Ketchum-based group that promotes affordable housing, is seeking nominations for the annual Housing Leadership Awards. The awards will be presented as a part of Community Housing Week, July 10 to 15.

The first award, the YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) Award, is given to a person or neighborhood group that embraces and supports community housing in their own neighborhood. Last year's winners, Andy and Alice Schernthanner, demonstrated many years of helping young working families live in Ketchum.

The second award , Unsung Hero, is given to a resident that has consistently advocated for affordable housing in the Wood River Valley over many years. Pam Morris, publisher of the Idaho Mountain Express, won last year's award for her persistent and consistent coverage of the pressing issue of the lack of affordable housing in the region.

The Developer with Community Vision Award is the third award that will be presented. It is given to a developer that goes above and beyond what is required by zoning ordinances and contributes to the quality of community life in Blaine County. Last year's winner is Clear Creek LLC, developer of the Quail Creek housing development south of Ketchum.

"These awards are a great opportunity to thank and reward those members of our community who have supported making Blaine County home again for our much needed residents and workforce" said Michael Carpenter, president of ARCH. "We are looking forward to the opportunity to publicly recognize their efforts."

Please submit nominations to ARCH, PO Box 1292, Ketchum, ID 83340.

Nominations should include an explanation of the contribution/s the individual has made and what you think they have added to the community housing issue.

For more information about ARCH and the Housing Week, visit www.

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