Nick Mitchell-Bennett, Executive Director of Community Development Corporation of Brownsville, has been awarded 2015 Texas Houser by Austin-based agency Texas Low Income Housing Information Service.
Every year, TxLIHIS presents Texas Houser Awards to individuals and organizations dedicated to helping more Texans in need find safe, decent housing in quality neighborhoods.
“We believe that Mitchell-Bennett’s work at the CDC of Brownsville is truly deserving of this honor,” said Karen Paup, co-director of TxLIHIS. “Thanks in large part to his vision and work, the Rio Grande Valley is leading the nation in disaster recovery innovation,” Paup added.
The CDC of Brownsville led the efforts to create an innovative, effective approach to housing reconstruction after natural disasters. Known as RAPIDO, the Disaster Recovery Housing pilot program uses a temporary-to-permanent housing strategy that deploys a core temporary housing unit to a family’s property. Later, the family collaborates with architects and local contractors to custom-design the expansion of the core according to their needs. Currently, there are 21 RAPIDO homes in the RGV.
“I am very humbled by this recognition,” Mitchell-Bennett said. “We are celebrating CDCB’s 40th anniversary soon and this is another reminder that we must continue pushing the envelope to give better homeownership choices to our community.”
The CDC of Brownsville will host a carnival on Saturday, September 12, from 5pm to 9pm outside their offices located at 901 E. Levee St. Brownsville, TX 78520. The event will be free and open to the public. Participating in all games, chalupa, bike raffles, will be free and similarly, food and refreshments will be free while supplies last.
About CDCB: Community Development Corporation of Brownsville is a nonprofit community housing development organization that is now one of the largest nonprofit producers of single-family housing in Texas. Founded in 1974, the CDC of Brownsville provides homeownership assistance and education services to families and individuals in Cameron and Willacy Counties.