San Diego Building Trades Rep Takes Home Ruby Award for Advocacy

Murtaza Baxamusa, a PhD holder who works with the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council (SDBCTC) and an occasional contributor to We Party Patriots has been named “outstanding advocate” by the San Diego Housing Federation. Family Housing Corporation’s director of planning and development, Baxamusa was honored for his commitment to bettering affordable housing for the region’s workers:

A well-known figure to city councils, the San Diego Association of Governments and other government bodies, Baxamusa has frequently testified in favor of policies supportive of affordable housing. His work has been integral in opening and maintaining lines of communication between developers and labor, and he has worked tirelessly for the causes of fairness in wages and benefits, fair land use and redevelopment policies, and increasing resources available for affordable housing units.

For over two decades the Family Housing Corporation has supported the development of affordable housing and their neighborhoods. The organization looks to educate people and break the cycle of poverty:

The Family Housing Corporation’s flagship project, the National City Park Apartments, provides a home to more than 700 adults and 1,000 children. They not only live in a stable, secure and affordable environment, but also take advantage of numerous educational and job training programs, including on-site pre-elementary child care and a learning center developed in cooperation with Sweetwater Union High School District’s Alternative Education Department.

One of our most innovative programs is a partnership with the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council. Youth Build is a program for young adults aged 18-24 without a diploma, and it allows those with a GED an opportunity to have a traditional diploma. The program combines classroom instruction with job site training, and provides tools, safety equipment, uniforms and work boots, as well as certification in safety, first aid and CPR. Past Youth Build enrollees have constructed a greenhouse and hydroponic tables for Crawford High School’s Garden Club, while current participants are renovating the Olivewood Community Center, a 100-year-old structure next to the Park Apartments.

Congratulations to Baxamusa for all of his hard work. Here is a full list of San Diego Housing Federation Award winners:

Housing Project of the Year— More Than 50 Units
· Crossings at Escondido, Urban Housing Communities LLC
Housing Project of the Year— 50 Units or Fewer
· Riverwalk Apartments, San Diego, Affirmed Housing Group
Housing Project of the Year–Special Needs
· Muncey Manor, Chula Vista, South Bay Community Services
Innovation Housing Project of the Year
· 15th & Commercial, San Diego, Father Joe’s Villages
Housing Project of the Year–Rehabilitation
· Vista Grande Apartments, San Diego, Wakeland Housing & Development Corporation
John Craven Memorial Award
· Margery Pierce, City of Oceanside
Outstanding Advocate
· Murtaza Baxamusa, San Diego Building Trades—Family Housing Corporation
Outstanding Government Agency
· City of Escondido
Outstanding Development Partner
· Multi-Cultural Contractors Group
Outstanding Service to Residents
· Resident Services Team, San Diego Community Housing Corporation
Special Recognition Awards
· Caroline Epps, San Diego Interfaith Housing Foundation
CSH Supportive Housing Award
· Lead Provider Organizations for Ending Homelessness in Downtown San Diego Campaign
Lifetime Achievement Award
· Richard Lawrence, Affordable Housing Coalition

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