Housing Authority Executive Director Nicholas Calace is shown here with Hartford HUD Field Director Julie Fagan, who received the Founder’s Award.
It was a year of collaboration, accomplishments and progress at the Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeport.Residents, community members and local leaders gathered at the University of Bridgeport’s Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center to celebrate the Housing Authority’s 72nd annual meeting on Dec. 12. The theme was “Framework for Success,” and the event was hosted by Connecticut Post columnist Keila Torres Ocasio.
The housing authority also held elections for the Board of Commissioners, naming Dulce Nieves as commission chairperson, and the event featured a performance from the Art Studio Drummers.
The highlight of the evening was the annual presentation of awards in recognition of exceptional individuals and organizations involved with HACB. The Action Award went to Career Resources for the job placement assistance it provided to residents of HACB. The Partners Award went to Alpha Community Services for its constant efforts to provide shelter and teach self-sufficiency for all of Bridgeport as exemplified in the construction of the Jessica Tandy House. The Founder’s Award went to a great colleague and collaborator to the Housing Authority, Julie Fagan, field director for the Hartford field office of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, .
Executive Director Nicholas A. Calace took time during his speech to highlight some of the HACB’s many accomplishments of 2012, including recognizing outstanding and long-serving members of the staff, applauding the efforts of the city and police department during Superstorm Sandy and celebrating the final closings of Father Panik village and the Pequonnock Apartments.
The biggest highlight of the year was the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials presenting HACB with three awards — a merit award for the Diaper R Us Diaper Bank, a merit award for the NETworx initiative and the National Award for Excellence for Bridgeport Housing First. Calace, then took time to invite all the partner agencies involved to take a bow and for a certificate of recognition before detailing the Authority’s plans for next year.