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Affordable housing group honors Senator Kit Bond with lifetime achievement award

December 14, 2011

Thompson Coburn partner and former U.S. Senator Kit Bond, left, receives a lifetime achievement award from, from left, Mark Stalsworth, CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services in Kansas City (a NeighborWorks partner); John Wood, the Assistant City Manager of Kansas City; and Eileen Fitzgerald, the CEO of NeighborWorks.
Thompson Coburn partner and former U.S. Senator Kit Bond, left, receives a lifetime achievement award from, from left, Mark Stalsworth, CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services in Kansas City (a NeighborWorks partner); John Wood, the Assistant City Manager of Kansas City; and Eileen Fitzgerald, the CEO of NeighborWorks.

Thompson Coburn partner and former U.S. Senator Kit Bond was awarded the NeighborWorks America Lifetime Achievement Award for his career-long fight to ensure Americans have access to safe and affordable housing.

Senator Bond was honored with the award at today’s NeighborWorks symposium in Washington, D.C., where he delivered the keynote address to the some 300 affordable housing practitioners and thought-leaders for his career-long fight to ensure Americans have access to safe and affordable housing.

NeighborWorks America is a national leader in affordable housing and community development. Its network of more than 200 community-based nonprofit organizations tirelessly works to help improve the quality of life for lower-income Americans through safe and affordable housing.

The partnership between Senator Bond and NeighborWorks began during Bond’s work in the U.S. Senate, where he served as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and ranking member of the subcommittee that funds the nation's housing programs.  During that time, Bond became known as an advocate for improving public housing, enhancing community development, reducing lead-paint poisoning among children in public housing and fighting to end homelessness.

Bond also pushed for reforms to housing policy, including improving local, state and federal coordination and providing supportive services like child care, mental health and substance abuse treatment and job training. He also changed the “fight against homelessness” model by focusing on permanent supportive housing.

Since leaving the Senate and joining Thompson Coburn as a partner, Bond has continued his commitment to improving our nation’s housing  policies. In October 2011, the Washington, D.C.-based Bipartisan Policy Center selected Bond as one of the co-chairs of its newly-launched Housing Commission. Bond will help lead the 21-member commission to craft a package of policy recommendations that will address our nation’s future housing needs and fix our broken housing system. The commission’s work is increasingly important since the national housing crisis, the effects of which are still reverberating throughout the global economy.