The San Diego Housing Federation (SDHF) announced the winners for its 2018 Ruby Awards on May 3. The awards recognize leadership, innovation and impact in the affordable housing and community development industries. The nonprofit said more than 50 nominations in various categories were considered.
The Project of the Year award for new construction was given to Atmosphere, the 12-story high-rise community of 205 affordable homes in downtown San Diego that houses working families, seniors and people who have been homeless. Developed by Wakeland Housing and Development, the $79 million project integrates traditional affordable housing with 51 units of permanent supportive housing designed to help the formerly homeless, according to a news release.
SDHF also recognized Woodglen Vista Apartments with the Project of the Year award for rehab. The apartments provide affordable housing to 185 families who earn at or below 50 percent and 60 percent of the area median income, according to the organization. Woodglen Vista became part of the Santee TLC (Teaching- Learning-Connecting), a collective impact network that utilizes trauma-informed practices to engage students, families, school staff and the community.
Ken Sauder was awarded the Housing Champion Award for his 35-year commitment to affordable housing. The award honors professionals with more than two decades of leadership, innovation and impact in the affordable housing field. As president and CEO of Wakeland Housing, Sauder led the building of more than 6,700 units in 44 developments throughout California, the news release said. As the former executive director of Tijuana-San Diego Habitat For Humanity, Sauder headed a team of six staff and volunteers that built 100 houses in Tijuana.
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