South Holland Deputy Village Administrator Patricia Mahon has been honored with the 2013 Fair Housing Achievement Award for her work on regional housing and employment, along with social, economic and cultural programs and activities.
The award was presented Friday at a reception at Glenwoodie Golf Club in Glenwood. U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, a past award winner was scheduled to speak on housing policy.
The South Suburban Housing Center, in a news release, highlighted Mahon's community service as chair of the Neighborhood Groups Committee, Mediation Commission and president of the Parkside Neighborhood Association before being appointed communications director and equal employment opportunity officer for the Village of South Holland in 2001. Three years later she became deputy village administrator, overseeing equal opportunity in village recruitment, hiring and promotion policies.
Mahon was also the editorial voice of the South Holland Today newsletter, where, according to the news release, she espoused the values of “inclusion, acceptance, responsibility, education, respect, friendship and love” in her monthly, “This I Know For Sure“ column.
Mahon also serves on the boards of several regional organizations promoting and fostering racial, social, cultural and economic diversity such as Diversity, Inc., the South Suburban Housing Collaborative and Housing Choice Partners of Illinois. She has been recognized by Diversity, Inc. with its David A. Janke Community Vitality Award for valuing diversity and promoting vitality in Chicago’s Southland.
Friday's reception was sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, State Farm Bank and Charter One Bank. All proceeds from the reception will be devoted to homeownership preservation efforts of the Housing Center assisting south suburban families with mortgage default and foreclosure problems.