CDN Executive Director Odette Ramos receives Dickens Warfield Award

Community Development Network’s Odette Ramos Honored by Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.

Dickens Warfield Fair Housing Award honors those who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to fair housing principles

Baltimore, Md.  – Odette Ramos, executive director of Community Development Network of Maryland, has received the 2017 Dickens Warfield Fair Housing Award from Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.  (BNI). The award is presented each year to three individuals who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to fair housing principles.

As a part of her work for the Community Development Network, Ramos also helps lead the HOME Act Coalition, which advocates for legislation to ban housing discrimination based on source of income, which can include federal housing vouchers.

“I am honored to be one of the recipients of this wonderful award this year,” said Ramos. “I thank BNI for their fierce commitment to fair housing all across the state. I look forward to continuing to work with them and other advocates to promote fair housing policies and strong, safe and diverse neighborhoods.”

BNI works for justice in housing across Maryland, focusing on fair housing policies and tenant-landlord issues.

Two other individuals received the same award – Antonia Fasanelli, executive director of the Homeless Persons Representations Project, Inc., and C. Matthew Hill, staff attorney for the Public Justice Center – also for their work on the HOME Act..

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(from left to right, Lou Pierson- BNI Board Chair, Antonia Fasanelli- Homeless Persons Representation Project, Odette Ramos- CDN, Matt Hill – Public Justice Center, Rob Strupp – BNI Executive Director