INDIANAPOLIS – Rodney Stockment of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority(IHCDA) was named the recipient of the Robert O. Zdenek Staff Member of the Year Award by the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) last week in South Bend. The Annual Awards Dinner was part of IACED’s and the Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (APA-IN) Planning Prosperity for Indiana’s Next 200 years.
The annual Robert O. Zdenek Staff Member of the Year award honors an individual who contributes to their organization and to the community economic development field as a whole. This person shows leadership and personal initiative and continued participation and contribution to general public service.
“Through Rodney’s leadership, IHCDA has transformed its homeless assistance programs from reactive to proactive,” said Jacob Sipe, Executive Director at IHCDA. “His work with the Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute has led to over 1,700 units of permanent supportive housing across the state.”
Stockment joined IHCDA in 2006 to serve as the Community Services Director. In this role he maintained a variety of federal and state housing programs including: Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re Housing Program, Shelter plus Care, Emergency Solutions Grant and Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS and the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
In 2012, Stockment transitioned to a position with the Research and Innovation department at IHCDA. This position has allowed him to align his unique skill set, passion and partner relationships with data and analytics to design innovative practices and techniques to affordable housing, permanent supportive housing and community development. These models have improved the lives of Hoosiers by maximizing resources and building communities of opportunities.
Prior to joining the staff at IHCDA, Stockment was the Executive Director of the ECHO Housing Corporation in Evansville. In this role he provided housing and services to homeless and near homeless individuals and families. These are areas he has continued to pursue at IHCDA in partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing(CSH) with the Indiana Balance of State Continuum of Care and the award-winning Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative.
“Rodney has a strong sense of mission,” said Lori Phillips-Steele, Executive Director for Indiana CSH, who nominated Rodney for the award. “His thorough use of data and willingness to test emerging best practices will continue to make lasting system change that directly impacts people in Indiana.”
In addition to this honor, Stockment has been previously awarded by CSH as the 2012 Central Region Innovations Award. He also received national recognition in 2009 from the National Council of State Housing Agencies for Program Excellence in combating homelessness.