LIHI gala & auction a big success

Architect Carolyn Geise receives Housing Hero Award from LIHI executive director Sharon Lee (Photo courtesy of LIHI)

On Nov. 15, the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) hosted its 11th annual Gala & Auction at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in downtown Seattle. The event raised more than $290,000 for LIHI’s supportive services, the Urban Rest Stop, and Nickelsville.

A special Housing Hero Awards ceremony held during the gala honored architect Carolyn Geise, the Nickelsville homeless encampment, and recently deceased former Seattle City Councilmember Cheryl Chow for their contributions to housing low-income and homeless people.

Geise was honored for her work with LIHI and other nonprofits in designing low-income housing and community facilities.

Nickelsville was honored for sheltering and empowering thousands of homeless people with democratic decision-making and self-management since 2008.

LIHI’s new housing for seniors in Ballard will be named after former City Councilwoman Cheryl Chow, who passed away in March 2013. Chow was instrumental in the creation of the Urban Rest Stop in downtown Seattle 14 years ago. (end)

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