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About the McKinney-Vento Awards
The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty created the McKinney-Vento Awards to recognize individuals or organizations that have advanced solutions to homelessness and poverty. These awards also pay tribute to two outstanding national leaders, Stewart B. McKinney and Bruce F. Vento.
In 1987, the late Congressman Stewart B. McKinney was a primary sponsor of landmark legislation providing federal assistance to Americans experiencing homelessness. The Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act was the first – and still only – major federal legislation addressing homelessness. With the Stewart B. McKinney Award, the Law Center is proud to honor leaders who exemplify the patriotism and compassion of Congressman McKinney.
The late Congressman Bruce F. Vento worked in partnership with Stewart B. McKinney and served as one of the original authors of the McKinney Act. After his untimely death in 2000, the legislation was renamed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act in recognition of Congressman Vento’s work championing legislation to help homeless people become self sufficient. The Bruce F. Vento Award honors those who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to solutions to homelessness.
The Law Center presents the Pro Bono Counsel Award to a law firm that demonstrates the commitment of the legal profession to provide pro bono legal services that significantly transform the lives of men, women, and children who cannot advocate for themselves.
Each year the Law Center selects an individual who has experienced homelessness to receive the Personal Achievement Award to recognize his or her accomplishments and service to those still experiencing homelessness.
This year, our event will be accompanied by the beautiful voices of some of Washington D.C.'s own men and women experiencing homelessness. The Welcome Table Choir is a volunteer choir of parishioners and homeless volunteers. They sing at The Church of the Epiphany's 8:00 a.m. service. They have also performed at events including the annual commemoration for homeless people who have died on the streets of Washington. The mission of the Welcome Table is to feed the hungry, build a diverse and inclusive community, and worship as one. We are very grateful to The Welcome Table Choir for performing at the McKinney-Vento Awards Event.