Last night, Solomon McCown CEO Helene Solomon was honored by the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP) for her outstanding contributions to the field of affordable housing during the organization’s Eighth Annual Founders Celebration. Solomon received the Lowell Richards Award in honor of her friendship and work with Richards, MBHP’s long-time board co-chair and a great public servant, who passed away in 2012.
Solomon spoke of her friendship with Richards, which dates back to her work for former Boston Mayor Kevin White. “With a role model like Lowell, I realized I too could in some small way help build a stronger link between the neighborhood where I lived and the city of Boston,” Solomon said during her remarks.
There was also much to praise about MBHP’s commitment to providing secure and affordable housing for all, which is essential for a productive society. “I feel lucky to have been introduced to MBHP, their fine and important work not only to advocate for safe and affordable housing but to also connect the support services and training that residents need to stay and prosper,” Solomon said.
Since the launch of Solomon McCown in 2003, Solomon has worked with affordable housing developers, nonprofits and policymakers to draw attention to projects and laws that create additional affordable housing opportunities for families and individuals in greater Boston, and across the state.
The Eight Annual Founders Celebration was an incredible event. Jay Ash, Massachusetts secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development praised Helene. “I would not be standing here tonight if not for Helene Solomon,” Ash said, noting Solomon’s guidance and advocacy work during his tenure as city manager of Chelsea, Massachusetts.
Thank you to MBHP for an inspiring evening and congratulations again to Helene for receiving this richly deserved honor.