At their September 9th 30th Anniversary Celebration, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) honored Montpelier resident and Downstreet Housing & Community Development’s Director of Property and Asset Management, Liz Genge, for her dedicated work toward social justice in Vermont over the past 18 years with the presentation of the John Nutting Community Catalyst Award.
Liz started this work in 1999 as a VHCB AmeriCorps Member Resident Organizer and has since participated in the Montpelier Housing Task force and the Washington County Continuum of Care. In March of this year, Liz was appointed by Governor Phil Scott to the 21-member Governor’s Opioid Coordination Council (OCC), which is tasked with “leading and strengthening Vermont’s response to the opiate crisis by ensuring full inter- and intra-agency coordination between state and local governments in the areas of prevention, treatment, recovery and law enforcement activities.”
The John Nutting Award is presented in honor of Reverend John Nutting, an original member of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, a United Church of Christ minister and long-time advocate for low-income Vermonters. The award Recognizes Vermonters who have provided inspiration in their communities, providing hundreds of hours of effort and determination to improve the lives of Vermonters.