Shannon Nazworth Appointed to National Low Income Housing Coalition Advisory Group 17-person committee will serve as a resource for potential National Housing Trust Fund grant recipients Jacksonville, Fla. — March 23, 2016 — The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has appointed Ability Housing’s Executive Director, Shannon Nazworth, to an advisory group of affordable housing developers that will serve as a resource for potential recipients of National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) grants.

The National Housing Trust Fund is an estimated $174 million block grant administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Development and Planning. The NHTF was established to produce, preserve, rehabilitate, and operate rental housing that is affordable to extremely low income (ELI) households, defined as households with incomes at or below 30 percent of the area median income. NHTF grants will be available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. HUD is expected to publish each state’s NHTF allocation in mid-April 2016. NHTF dollars come from a small, nonappropriated assessment on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s book of business each year.

All 17 members of the advisory group were chosen for their unique expertise as non-profit developers with experience in developing and operating rental housing for ELI households. Representatives were selected from 12 states, as well as the District of Columbia. Nazworth is the only member of the advisory group from the state of Florida.

“I am honored to join so many of my esteemed colleagues in this endeavor,” said Nazworth. “The NHTF grant program has the potential to make affordable housing a reality for many struggling families, both here in Florida and across the nation. I look forward to sharing the experience and insight I have acquired through my work with Ability Housing to make a positive difference in communities around the country.”