6:00 p.m. Reception 7:20 p.m. Dinner - Sec. Donovan will speak promptly at 7:30 p.m.
L'Enfant Plaza Hotel 480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, D.C. 20024 Note: If you are arriving via Metro, take the L'Enfant Plaza exit and follow signs to the hotel. If you are arriving via car, there is discounted valet parking available for McKinney-Vento attendees for $10 at the entrance of the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
The McKinney-Vento Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have advanced solutions to homelessness and poverty. These awards also pay tribute to two outstanding national leaders in the fight to end homelessness, Stewart B. McKinney and Bruce F. Vento.
Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will present a keynote address at this year's ceremony.
Sponsorship information is available here. Individual tickets are available for $225.
Stewart B. McKinney Award
This year, NLCHP is proud to present the 2010 Stewart B. McKinney Award to New York Times best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich. Ms. Ehrenreich is a prolific writer whose numerous books and articles promote awareness and understanding of the social issues surrounding poverty. For example, in Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Ehrenreich gave millions of Americans a glimpse into the lives of the working poor. And last year, her New York Times article, "Is It Now a Crime to be Poor?" investigated the criminalization of poverty and homelessness across the country.
Bruce F. Vento Award
The 2010 Bruce F. Vento Award will be presented to the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania, with whom the Law Center achieved two major victories for homeless children earlier this year. Their partnership with NLCHP in these lawsuits helped ensure that the more than 43,000 students who experience homelessness in Pennsylvania each year will have access to stable education, which we know is essential for homelessness prevention.
Pro Bono Counsel Award
Dechert LLP will receive the 2010 Pro Bono Counsel Award. The firm's pro bono support has been integral to helping prevent and end homelessness in the U.S. Their recent pro bono work has addressed issues related to unaccompanied homeless youth, access to education for homeless children, and the human right to housing.
Personal Achievement Award
The 2010 Personal Achievement Award will be presented to the Elzer family. After sliding into homelessness last spring, the Elzers were told that because a church where they took shelter was outside the children's school district, the children were not legal residents, and thus ineligible to stay in their current school. The Elzers fought this illegal ruling, with the help of NLCHP and the Education Law Center, and won. Because they fought for their children's rights, the rights of Pennsylvania's 43,000 other homeless children will be better protected moving forward.
Bank of America DLA Piper Jones Day Ludwig Family Foundation Ed and Andrea McNicholas Paige Family Foundation Margaret Pfeiffer Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Michael Allen Gus Kalaris & Axios Wine (in-kind) Francis Bonahan & Erica Flapan Peter Bresnan Linda & Arthur Carter Coalition for the Homeless Bruce J. Casino & Millie Zimonjic Kim Y. Evans Howard Godnick Goldman Sachs Kirsten Johnson-Obey Pam and Allan Malester James D. Murphy Jeffrey Pash James and Theodore Pedas Family Foundation PMI Mortgage Insurance Co. Larry Romans Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP