Kansas City, Missouri-based Travois, Inc., and its chairman David Bland, were recognized for leadership at the national 2011 HOPE Awards (Homeownership Participation for Everyone), held in Washington D.C. on April 19.
HOPE Awards winners are honored for their commitment to helping minority home buyers minimize and overcome barriers to owning a home, according to a HOPE Awards press release.
Since founding Travois 15 years ago, Bland has helped 50 tribal organizations develop housing for low-income American Indian families, the elderly and people with disabilities. The company helped tribes acquire funding primarily through private investors and the federal government’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, which encourages private investment for affordable homes.
In total, the organization has raised more than $350 million in private capital, which has been used to build or rehab more than 3,700 homes for rent or ownership on reservations across the country.
The national industry awards program was created in 2001. HOPE Awards recognizes individuals and organizations who are helping to increase and sustain minority homeownership and are sponsored by a partnership of real estate associations. Every other year, HOPE announces new award winners, who are chosen based on “impact, innovation, minority focus, leadership, and contributions to increase affordable housing, in the areas of education, finance, leadership, media, housing project, public policy, and real estate brokerage.” Winners receive $10,000.