B’nai B’rith Housing is pleased to announce this year’s Distinguished Achievement Awards Event, taking place the evening of Thursday, June 15th at the Harvard Club of Boston. This year’s event is honoring Representative Kevin Honan and Joseph E. Corcoran, Chairman of Corcoran Jennison, for their contribution to the affordable housing community.
Meet the 2017 Honorees
Representative Kevin G. Honan
Massachusetts State Representative, Chair, Committee on Housing
Rep. Kevin Honan is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Allston-Brighton area. He was first elected to the chamber in 1986 and has served as the Chair of the Joint Committee for Housing since 2004.
Representative Honan has devoted his life to increasing affordable housing and ending homelessness in the Greater Boston region. As a legislator, he has been deeply involved with initiatives to help poor families keep roofs over their heads. He works tirelessly to do so through his commitment to sound policy creation and coalition building in his community. He is the recipient of the Thomas M. Menino Public Service Award from Family Aid Boston among many other honors for his civic service.
Joseph E. Corcoran
Chairman, Corcoran Jennison Companies
Joseph E. Corcoran is the founder and chairman of Corcoran Jennison Companies, a Boston-based development firm that has built and managed real estate in more than 15 states.
A pioneer in advancing the concept of mixed-income housing and converting troubled public housing projects into successful communities, he led the partnership that transformed Dorchester’s Columbia Point, into Harbor Point, a complex that became a national model for the federal government’s HOPE VI program.
In 1994, Corcoran founded The American City Coalition to advocate for innovation in urban revitalization. This nonprofit organization has funded a number of projects including a planning study for Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. As well, Mr. Corcoran – a graduate of Boston College and former Board Member – founded the Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action at Boston College to educate and inspire the next generation of professionals to use real estate as a catalyst for turning struggling neighborhoods into stable, flourishing communities.