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Lisa Yost awarded for housing initiatives

Lisa YostBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

For her efforts to better New River Community Action’s Homeless and Housing Programs, Virginia Association of Housing Counselors (VAHC) has awarded Lisa Yost with its 2014 Outstanding Community Service Award.

As coordinator of the homeless and housing programs, Yost was recognized for overseeing the complete restructuring of the programs; growing the program from two to five certified housing counselors; commitment to receiving professional training for herself and her staff, and for her service on the Family Services Committee of Habitat for Humanity and the Advisory Council for the Great Expectations Program at New River Community College.

Yost also was elected as an at-large member of the board of directors for VAHC, representing the western region of Virginia.

“I was surprised,” she said of the award. “I was truly honored to be recognized. I’ve enjoyed my time with New River Community Action and am proud of the progress we’ve made over the last two years.”

NRCA’s Homeless and Housing Programs offer temporary financial assistance that help eligible individuals keep or obtain housing when no other housing options, financial resources or support networks are available. The nonprofit Certified Housing Counselors help “create a road map back to stable housing, by providing individuals with pre-purchase counseling and mortgage and rental guidance.

Other housing programs offered through NRCA include renter education and first-time homebuyer workshops that are open to tenants, landlords and those considering homeownership.

Between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, the Homeless and Housing Programs provided $221,945 in financial assistance to 146 households. Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, the towns of Christiansburg and Blacksburg, United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd, United Way of Pulaski, and Giles United Fund provided funding.

VAHC is a group of housing counselors or those in related fields who are focused on strengthening housing counseling and assuring that all low and moderate income families and individuals are offered the opportunity to live in safe, decent and affordable housing.

Those who would like to contribute to NRCA’s Homeless and Housing Program may do so by sending tax-deductible contributions to New River Community Action, 1093 E. Main St., Radford, VA 24141. Donors should make checks payable to NRCA and note HHP in the memo section.

For more information on services provided by these programs, contact Yost at 633-5133 ext. 440 or lyost@nrcaa.org.

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