At the biennial Vermont Statewide Housing Conference held November 15 in Burlington, Representative Helen Head was one of two statewide leaders honored for her service and achievements. Head received the Legislative Housing Hero award for her years of commitment to affordable housing.
“I’m deeply honored by the award and by the opportunity to work with many legislators and community members who care a great deal about housing creation and preservation,” said Head. She added, “Together, we’ve made great progress and I’m hopeful that we will do much more in the years to come.”
Head has served as South Burlington’s representative to the Vermont House of Representatives since 2003 and as Chair of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs since 2007. She was the executive director of Project Home, now HomeShare Vermont, from 1986 to 1998 and has worked with JUMP (Joint Urban Ministries Project) on two separate occasions. Head also volunteers with and on behalf of Hospice of the Champlain Valley, the Dismas House, and is co-coordinator of Small Potatoes, an interfaith program that feeds hungry Vermonters on Saturday mornings in Burlington.
Also receiving an award was Polly Nichol of Montpelier. Nichol received the 2016 Innovation and Impact Housing Hero award for decades of service at the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.
Housing Hero awards have been granted by the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference since 2002. Previous winners include former state Senator Susan Bartlett, Representative Martha Heath, Vermont’s Mobile Home Project and Governor Madeleine Kunin. Coordinated by Vermont Housing Finance Agency on behalf of a multi-agency planning committee, the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference draws 400 to 500 professionals together from across the state to collaborate and improve housing opportunities for Vermonters.