Margaret M. Sevy Affordable Housing Lifetime Achievement Award

Sevy Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize and celebrate the sustained work of individuals of exceptional vision and unwavering commitment to promoting affordable housing in Washington State, whose contributions have had lasting impact. Nomination information is below.

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Kim Herman presents Sevy Award to Deborah WinterAWARD PRESENTED ON OCTOBER 3, 2017

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Kim Herman (left) presents Award to Deborah Winter


The Margaret M. Sevy Affordable Housing Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for those who have made significant achievements and/or contributions over a sustained period of time in any of the following areas:

Demonstrating an extraordinary vision for affordable housing in Washington

Demonstrating exemplary leadership in affordable housing in Washington

Coalition building and improved advocacy on behalf of Washington’s poorly housed residents

Having a substantial positive impact on housing legislation

Enduring service with an impact toward improving conditions of Washington’s ill-housed poor

Specific significant contributions toward provision of affordable housing for Washington residents

This award may not be bestowed every year, or it may be awarded to more than one individual.

Past recipients of the Sevy Award.


The Margaret M. Sevy Affordable Housing Lifetime Achievement Award is named after Margaret Sevy, a long-time advocate for affordable housing, who was committed to strengthening communities and the quality of life of the poor and disadvantaged. Margaret was employed with the Commission for more than 15 years until her death in 2002. Margaret was respected for her ‘no nonsense’ attitude, her personal integrity and her concern for others. She approached challenges with creativity and ingenuity.


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