Boston, MA (November 1, 2016) – The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) presented two recipients with this year’s Affordable Housing Vision Awards. The awardees are Maurice Barry, Chief of the Asset Resolution Branch in the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Multifamily Boston Satellite Office and Fred Copeman, Esq., Principal and National Director of Tax Credit Investment Services at CohnReznick LLP. Barry and Copeman were honored at an awards reception at the NH&RA Fall Developers Forum on November 1st at the Langham Hotel in Boston.

“This year’s honorees have played pivotal behind-the-scenes roles in the stewardship and expansion of affordable housing opportunities for low-income families around the country,” observed NH&RA Executive Director Thom Amdur.

“Maurice Barry has led the implementation of many of HUD’s most important multifamily preservation initiatives in New England including Section 236 decoupling, Mark to Market transactions, and Section 202 refinancing. He has been the ‘go to guy’ in Boston when it comes to complicated preservation issues,” notes Amdur.

“Fred Copeman has been a trusted advisor and educator to numerous affordable housing tax credit investors and a leader within NH&RA where he has served on our Board of Directors for many years,” Amdur observed.  “His role in helping expand the overall investor base for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit cannot be understated, and through the development of his investor due diligence practice, he has helped assure the program’s longstanding financial success.”

About the Affordable Housing Vision Awards

Each year since 2004, NH&RA has bestowed its Affordable Housing Vision Award to affordable housing and community development leaders who have made valuable contributions to the field and demonstrated years of leadership, commitment and imagination. Previous Vision Award winners include the late Mayor Tom Menino, former Congressman Barney Frank, Jack Manning of Boston Capital and Lisa Alberghini of the Boston Archdiocese Planning Office for Urban Affairs.

About NH&RA

For more than 40 years, the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association has been providing an ongoing forum for professionals in affordable housing and historic rehabilitation to exchange information and build new business relationships. For more information on the Vision Awards, the Fall Developers Forum, or NH&RA, please visit our website at or contact Thom Amdur, 202-939-1753,