Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation Director Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Hampton Roads Housing Consortium

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

​Virginia Beach Housing & Neighborhood Preservation Director Andrew Friedman is the recipient of this year's Hampton Roads Housing Consortium (HRHC) Lifetime Achievement Award. HRHC recognized Friedman and other individuals and organizations that have contributed to improving housing conditions for the region during its virtual awards luncheon on Oct. 8. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual that has demonstrated lifetime successes committed to improving the lives of families and the well-being of communities through recognition that households of all income levels deserve a fair opportunity to buy or rent housing that is safe, decent, affordable and suitable for their needs. The individual must also demonstrate exemplary, state of the art responses to providing affordable housing or support services.

Friedman has served as the director of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation since 1993 and currently leads 90 staff within the department's five divisions: Code Enforcement, Homeless Services, Housing Development, Rental Housing and the Director's Office. He is responsible of ensuring the department is continually striving to achieve its mission of expanding housing opportunities, promoting vibrant, well-maintained neighborhoods and making homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring in Virginia Beach.

Major achievements throughout Friedman's 30-year career in housing include securing federal funding for and ensuring the successful completion of the revitalization of 10 predominately African American neighborhoods in Virginia Beach during the 1980s and '90s. He conceptualized and led the development of the Housing Resource Center, a one-stop shop of services for families and individuals experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis. As a founding member of the South Hampton Roads Regional Task Force on Ending Homelessness, he played a key role in the development of Cloverleaf Apartments, the nation's second regionally supported permanent supportive housing community for previously homeless adults. Through his active participation on the task force, the city continually supports regional initiatives to address homelessness, including contributing funds and housing vouchers toward five other similar communities (a total of 400 permanent supportive housing units), a regional homeless information system and housing crisis hotline. He is also a founding member of Housing Virginia and Virginia Housing Alliance, two coalitions that promote and advocate for affordable housing throughout the commonwealth.

The HRHC is a voluntary association of governmental, private, and nonprofit organizations committed to improving affordable housing opportunities in Hampton Roads. Participants include city and county governments, redevelopment and housing authorities, nonprofit housing and emergency shelter providers, mortgage lenders, REALTOR® and builders associations, and a variety of other groups interested in affordable housing issues.

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