Norman Henry Honored by Congress for Southern Dallas Community Development

DALLAS – March 8, 2012 – Norman Henry, Executive Director of Builders of Hope CDC, and partner in the Dallas Home Connection, received the Congressional Recognition Award from the Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson last week in Dallas.

Norm HenryAccording to Johnson,

“Builders of Hope CDC is a Community Housing Development Corporation in Dallas that has demonstrated its commitment to revitalizing communities through the construction of energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly homes that are also accessible to low and moderate-income families.

Under Mr. Henry’s leadership, Builders of Hope CDC has led the way in quality affordable housing in the Dallas area. Since accepting the position as President in 2000, Mr. Henry has overseen a fourfold increase in the output of affordable homes across several neighborhoods throughout West and South Dallas. Utilizing over 21 years of experience in the non-profit management and affordable housing field, Mr. Henry has built, remodeled, and sold over 224
affordable homes.

With the housing market collapse in 2008, countless Americans have either lost their homes entirely or now find the value of their homes to be less than the amounts they owe on a mortgage. Norman Henry, through the work that he has done with Builders of Hope CDC, has contributed to keeping the American Dream alive through the construction of these homes. Quality and affordable housing should not be out of reach for any American with the desire to purchase a home, and Mr. Henry has helped to bring the pride of home ownership to even more Americans.

Norman Henry has helped to breathe new life into many West and South Dallas communities through his revitalization efforts. His vision to revive otherwise’ decrepit areas across Dallas will benefit countless people through expanded access to housing and improved quality of life.”

Mr. Henry said, “I am deeply honored to be recognized by Congress for working in Southern Dallas to revitalize and build strong communities. Mayor Rawlings’ GrowSouth vision for engaging residents and empowering them to make a difference in their Southern Dallas neighborhoods has long been the heart of our work at Builders of Hope. My partners in the Dallas Home Connection and I stand with Mayor Rawlings to give Southern Dallas the attention and support it deserves to fulfill the vision for economic growth, neighborhood stability, and opportunity for home ownership.”