NOAH was recently recognized by a state organization for its leadership role in the development of the Belle Glade Renaissance Homeownership Program.
The Florida Community Development Association presented Edna McClendon, president of NOAH, and Executive Director Thomas Roberts with the 2006 Excellence Award on June 22 at the National Community Development Associations Annual Conference. The conference was held at the Seminole Hardrock Casino and Hotel in Hollywood, Florida.
“NOAH is pleased and proud to receive such a prestigious award,” said Roberts. “But we cannot accept sole credit because this initiative is the work of a collaboration among The City of Belle Glade, The Local Initiatives Support Corporation, The Community Financing Consortium, Wachovia Bank, Palm Beach County (Housing and Community Development) and T&S Construction, without which NOAH would not be able to deliver such lovely, affordable homes to a community that has been overlooked for many years by the conventional development sector.
The flagship project of the Belle Glade Renaissance Homeownership Program is the Belle Glade Renaissance / Covenant Gardens housing development. Phase One of the development, which celebrated its ribbon-cutting in January, featured 22 owner-occupied, single-family homes. Under the initiative, an additional 50 single-family homes are planned over the next three years.