The National NeighborWorks Association announced that Peter Carey, CEO of Self-Help Enterprises based in Visalia, is among the winners of its 10th Annual Excellence Awards. The awards, presented annually to outstanding practitioners in the field of housing and community development, were announced at the Annual NeighborWorks Executive Directors Presentation.
Carey won the Richard Stallings Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes a director who has served in an executive position in the housing or community development field for more than 20 years and has made a significant contribution to the field.
Carey has been in housing and community development since 1974, working for Self-Help Enterprises, the nation’s oldest, and one of the most highly regarded mutual self-help housing development organizations in the country. In 1990, he became its third executive director, and since that time has led an organization that has developed over 6,000 self-help single-family homes and 1,306 rental housing units, rehabilitated or repaired 6,220 homes, assisted 1,600 additional first-time homebuyers with financing, provided education and counseling services to 6,900 families, and was the catalyst for over 28,000 new water and sewer connections.
Under Carey’s leadership, Self-Help has won the Fresno Bee Excellence in Business Award, the Maxwell Award for Excellence, and the Home Builders Association of Tulare and Kings Counties Builder of the Year award. In addition to organizational awards, he has received the Clay Cochran Award for Distinguished Service in Housing for the Rural Poor, and in 2005 was a recipient of the Mike Sviridoff National Leadership Award for vision and leadership in community development. Carey is also a former mayor of the City of Visalia.
Other winners include the Practitioner of the Year Award to Peggy Hutchison, CEO of the Primavera Foundation in Tucson; and the Emerging Leader Award to Robert Corley, executive director of NeighborWorks Southern Massachusetts.
Self-Help Enterprises is a nationally recognized housing and community development organization that pioneered the concept of organized mutual self-help housing construction in the United States. This year, it celebrates 50 years of improving the living conditions and communities of low-income families in the San Joaquin Valley.
National NeighborWorks Association unites housing and community development practitioners to advocate for affordable housing and economic opportunities for individuals, families, communities and neighborhoods throughout the United States.