Affordable Housing Advocate

Legislators (national and local) play an important role in the Affordable Housing Industry.  SAHMA has established the Affordable Housing Advocate Award to honor and recognize those who have demonstrated great leadership, support, and commitment to affordable housing. 
Nominees for this award must be from the SAHMA region and will be evaluated on their track record and commitment of support and being vocal advocates on behalf of affordable housing programs, services, funding and preservation.  These leaders could have introduced or co-sponsored legislation, been part of key committees in support of affordable housing initiatives, or been part of a movement to affect positive changes or new solutions in affordable housing.  
By recognizing dedicated legislators, we not only strengthen the relationships, but encourage the continued advocacy for affordable housing that is desperately needed not only in the Southeast, but nationwide. 
To submit a nomination, you must present the name, title, office held and a short paragraph describing the nominee’s initiatives or accomplishments in support of affordable housing in the last 3-5 years and, if known, what future plans or initiatives the nominee may be a proponent of that would support our industry.
Nominations should be emailed to:


2022 Affordable Housing Advocate Winner

Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA)

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Previous Winners


Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN)

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Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)

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Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

SAHMA representatives present award to legistlative staff 
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Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)

 SAHMA representative presents award to Congressman Curbelo
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Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)

SAHMA representatives present award to Senator Scott
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