The award will be presented to Bradford, executive director of the Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF), at the fifth annual Michigan Conference on Affordable Housing, taking place tomorrow and Wednesday in Lansing. It includes a $10,000 cash prize to be directed to the nonprofit organization of Bradford’s choice.
“I am extremely pleased that Jonathan Bradford is the recipient of this year’s Duvernay Award,” said James Logue III, executive director of the MSHDA. “He is an extraordinary leader whose 22 years at ICCF have been an inspiration and an asset to the community of Grand Rapids and the State of Michigan.”
During his time with ICCF, Bradford has helped the organization create a homeownership education program that has since been shared with many other community development corporations around the country.
He was instrumental in creating unique loan products in partnership with organizations like MSHDA and Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) and has been recognized nationally by the Fannie May Foundation.
Bradford plans to designate his $10,000 award money to ICCF. His future plans for the organization include identifying a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plan in a 40-block area of Grand Rapids and launching Providence Home Mortgage Inc., a for-profit venture designed to enhance the housing development and encouragement services of ICCF.
The award was named for Terrence R. Duvernay, the executive director for the MSHDA from 1982 to 1990. Duvernay has been credited with setting into motion some of the most innovative housing finance programs in the country.
The Duvernay Award was created and funded by MSHDA and Michigan Capital Fund for Housing to honor the memory of Duvernay who passed away in 2001. The award celebrates a lifetime of great work and incredible accomplishments achieved by Duvernay.
Bradford has worked in the housing and construction industries since he was a freshman in high school. Possessing a building license, degrees in sociology and economics and a master’s degree in social work, Bradford has held many leadership positions in the Grand Rapids housing and development community as well as in statewide organizations like the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan LISC.
“This industry has given me the chance to put into concrete action those fundamental principles of religious responsibility and community justice that have so defined my life,” said Bradford. “My life’s work is not about building up a record of housing production; instead it is about inspiring others in our community and state to value the importance of working hard and creatively for the good of people.”
ICCF is a faith-based nonprofit housing development and housing support services corporation. The housing organization has built or reconstructed over 400 units of housing in its 29 years of service to Grand Rapids. Over 1,000 families per year are served through the ICCF housing production, housing education, mortgage finance and shelter services.