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California Department of Housing and Community Development Director Inducted Into Housing Hall of Fame


SACRAMENTOThe California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce that Director Lynn L. Jacobs was inducted into the California Housing Consortium’s (CHC) California Housing Hall of Fame at the CHC’s Annual Housing Policy and Hall of Fame Awards today in Santa Monica.


CHC's mission is to collaborate among housing providers, business leaders, non-profit organizations, and government at all levels to increase the availability of rental and homeownership housing for low-to-moderate-income Californians.   Each year, CHC inaugurates a select few who have made a profound impact in the housing sector into the California Housing Hall of Fame.


"We are thrilled to be able to honor Director Lynn Jacobs today for her tireless efforts in promoting affordable housing in the state of CaliforniaLynn's tenacious leadership has brought a permanent source of funding for affordable housing closer to reality," Ray Pearl, Executive Director of CHC.


Many qualities are considered for a Housing Hall of Fame induction.  An individual or organization must demonstrate leadership characteristics such as innovation, effectiveness, inclusiveness, impact, tenure, collaborative spirit, and inspirational records of service across the distinct categories of lifetime achievement, public sector, private sector, non-profit sector and community development lending sector and philanthropy


“I am honored to accept this award from the California Housing Consortium,” said Director Jacobs. “Providing safe and affordable housing has been my personal mission for many years and to be recognized by leaders in our field is humbling. I thank you.”


Before her appointment to HCD by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006, Director Jacobs was the founder and President of Ventura Affordable Homes, which develops single-family homes for first-time homebuyers under various affordable housing programs.  She also served as President of Affordable Communities, Inc., and has been responsible for the construction of over 400 homes affordable to first time homebuyers in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties

She previously served as President of the Building Industry Association of Southern California and on the Board of Directors for the California Building Industry Association, as well as Chair of the Workforce Investment Board for Ventura County.  She has written numerous articles for publications and received many awards including the National Building Innovations in Affordable Housing Award in 1997.

HCD provides leadership, policies and programs to preserve and expand safe and affordable housing opportunities and promote strong communities for all Californians.  The Department also supports increasing the supply of housing, especially affordable housing and works to improve the state’s housing conditions and the health and safety of its residents.  As the lead housing department, HCD is part of the state Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.



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