AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) recognized Amherst Select Board member Connie Kruger with a Housing Hero Award for her support of affordable housing in Amherst and across the Commonwealth.
Kruger was recognized at MHP’s 10th annual Housing Institutes two day training conference for local officials and volunteers. Kruger has played many roles in her career in affordable housing. From 1986 to 2002 she was a Housing Planner and then Senior Planner for the Town of Amherst. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has been a member of the Planning Board, commissioner and past chair of the Amherst Housing Authority and is currently a select board member and the select board’s representative to the Amherst Affordable Housing Trust.
While at MHP, Kruger created and organized the first five MHP Housing Institute conferences, establishing a tradition that has now provided training to approximately 1,000 local officials.
“Connie Kruger is the reason you’re all sitting here today,” MHP Executive Director Clark Ziegler told the audience of over 100 local officials at the June 15 awards luncheon at the Devens Commons Center. “In addition, her devotion to affordable housing in Amherst has helped many families be able to live or remain in town rather than be forced out by rising prices.”
When Kruger accepted her award she said, “It gives me great satisfaction to see you all here today—friends, family, former colleagues, community members—we’re all here because we care about providing people with the housing that everyone deserves. Bring what you’ve learned here home with you and make as much difference as you can.”