Cook Inlet Housing Authority President/CEO Carol Gore receives prestigious national housing award
February 16, 2012 - Carol Gore, CEO/President of Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA), received the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) 2011 M. Justin Herman Memorial Award at the association’s National Conference and Exhibition in St. Louis, Missouri in October.
This prestigious award is the association’s highest honor, and recognizes Gore as a “driving force in building and strengthening healthy, diverse and thriving communities in Anchorage”. Gore was selected for her “expertise in finding innovative ways to leverage funding and create opportunities for a decent home and suitable living environment for all who need it, not just one age group, ethnicity or income bracket.”
In her acceptance speech, Gore remarked “I’m humbled to receive this recognition and want to acknowledge that it is through the support of my Board of Commissioners and my incredible staff that Cook Inlet Housing has been able to lead change and successfully demonstrate that neighborhoods and communities can benefit from the lessons learned in Alaskan villages, that everyone is essential and everyone matters. It’s not enough to build pretty buildings, it’s the people who live in them who matter and I believe that housing is the fundamental first step to building successful futures.”
Ms. Gore has been involved in the development, acquisition, management, and disposition of residential and commercial real estate for over 20 years. For the past 11 years she has been at the helm of Cook Inlet Housing Authority. The programs offered by CIHA are designed to encourage clients’ transition toward self-sufficiency through homeownership or quality, affordable rental housing. Under Ms. Gore’s visionary leadership, Cook Inlet Housing has more than doubled the portfolio of affordable rentals it owns and manages, and has diversified its business to include homes for immediate homeownership, as well as third-party consulting, accounting, and project management.
Additionally, Ms. Gore created Cook Inlet Lending Center, a nonprofit subsidiary of CIHA, to assist individuals and families in Southcentral Alaska through the provision of financial services that facilitate homeownership. Her vision from the beginning was to use her experience in her Mom’s village of Ninilchik as a model for community where everyone matters and everyone has value, says Gore “I wanted to build this same spirit in the neighborhoods of my hometown where neighbors could be so much more…and they could live in a neighborhood where no one was segregated by income, ethnicity, housing design and development.” The idea that Alaska Natives can lead the design of how a community works together is the outcome she expects of CIHA’s work. It is this vision that is getting local and now national attention.
Michael Boling, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Cook Inlet Housing, said, “On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, I would like to acknowledge the work that Carol has done as a tireless advocate for affordable housing in Alaska. Her dedication and commitment to our people, creating housing opportunities and providing a foundation for lifelong success, is truly commendable. It is her passion, her vision, and her leadership that elevates CIHA to a level of innovation recognized both locally and nationally. We are proud of and honored to work with Carol and to support the mission of Cook Inlet Housing.”
Cook Inlet Housing Authority’s mission is to create housing opportunities that empower our people and build our communities.