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Tarrytown Agency Wins Schear Award in White Plains

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Tony Hoeltzel and Rose Noonan collected various proclamations, certificates and a $3,500 check in White Plains on Tuesday on behalf of the Community Housing Resource Center (CHRC), which won the sixth annual Stanley Schear Leadership Award.

The award was created in honor of the late Schear, a leading advocate for affordable housing, human rights and putting an end to racial discrimination in housing. He also was a long-time chairman of the Westchester Senior Housing and Services Coalition, which hosted the event.

"This award is such an honor because it's given by colleagues," said Hoeltzel, the CHRC Director. "It's also principally an honor because it's in memory of Stanley. Remembering him and all of his work just makes you want to keep going and going."

Along those lines, the CHRC, based in Tarrytown, advocates for affordable housing in Westchester County and provides assistance concerning housing plans and projects to advocacy groups and housing boards in 14 Westchester municipalities.

Noonan, an attorney and executive director of the Housing Action Council, said Schear was both a friend and colleague. The council joined with United Way of Westchester and Putnam in 2001 to design and develop CHRC, and Noonan remains active in its work.

Mae Carpenter, commissioner of the county Department of Senior Programs and Services, presented the award and the $3,500 check to the organization to be used for its community action counsel.

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