2017 Innovation and Excellence Awards

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is introducing the Innovation & Excellence Awards to recognize and honor outstanding leaders and game changers who are working to create better and more effective programs and systems of service to end homelessness in their community. This dual award program will recognize two outstanding organizations: one that is developing new best practices or exploring new approaches to serving their homelessness population and another who runs programs of the highest quality and are seeing real results in ending homelessness in their community.

We are please to announce the finalists for the Innovation and Excellence categories.


Commissioner Charles A. Richman, NJ Department of Community Affairs; State of New Jersey
Ed Blackburn, Central City Concern; Portland, OR
Honorable Dannel P. Malloy, Governor, State of Connecticut
Julia Orlando, Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center; Bergen County, NJ
Rob Parritt, Oxford Street Shelter; Portland, ME
The Sulzbacher Center and Ability Housing’s Homeless Housing Partnership; Jacksonville, FL


First Step Staffing; Atlanta, GA
Homefull Solutions; Dayton, OH
Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative; Los Angeles County, CA
San Bernardino County Interagency Council on Homelessness Health Committee & Partners; San Bernadino County, CA
Santa Clara County’s Office of Supportive Housing; Santa Clara County, CA
Sarah Schwab, Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health; Kansas City, MO
Valley Interfaith, Cincinnati Police, Hamilton County Sheriff, and Lighthouse Youth Services; Cincinnati, OH