At HUD, Knight is responsible for the overall management, development, direction and administration of multifamily housing programs, including FHA Multifamily Mortgage Insurance, project-based rental subsidy programs, housing for the elderly and persons with disabilities and community-based initiatives.
The award is named in honor of Robert Corletta, a long-time executive director of multifamily operations at NAHB who died in 1998. Corletta was recognized by his peers as a visionary in the affordable housing industry, particularly for his efforts supporting congressional passage of the Community Reinvestment Act. Enacted in 1977, the legislation requires banks and other lending institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate and has enabled affordable housing to be created in many low- and moderate-income neighborhoods across the country.
In 1978, Corletta co-founded NDC, a non-profit corporation whose mission is to help re-build America’s communities through the creation of affordable housing and comprehensive community development.
Presented annually during NAHB’s spring board of directors meeting, the Corletta Award pays tribute to individuals who have shown extraordinary creativity and dedication in advocating for advances in affordable housing.
Past recipients of the award include Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT); Robert Gould, vice president of Reilly Mortgage Group; Ted Dinerstein, chief executive officer of the Dinerstein Companies; Larry Swank, president of The Sterling Group; and Judith Siegel, president of The Landex Corporation.
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