Mayor Joines commended Pitt for the following accomplishments:
- Implementation of the public housing “Step-Up Housing “ concept designed to grow low-income residents out of poverty;
- National recognition as a leader in moving Housing Choice Voucher participants to homeownership;
- Authorization by Congress of 100 new Moving to work Agencies, following testimony from Housing Authority staff on the merits of the program;
- Testimony by Housing Authority staff before the United States Senate and House of Representatives;
- Increased local dialogue concerning the reduction and elimination of poverty;
- Development of new subsidized housing models;
- Stabilization of the financial health of the agency;
- Improvement of agency financial reporting and transparency;
- Modernization of City’s largest subsidized multi-family developments;
- Line of business diversification and development of ancillary income streams (including the management of other Public Housing Authorities);
- Development of new, affordable housing communities;
- Creation of partnerships with the City, Bethesda Center, Centerpointe, Salvation Army, and ESR, among others, to provide housing to chronically homeless, significantly reducing the City’s homeless population;
- Receipt of the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association’s Diamond Award for rehabilitation of Townview Apartments; and
- Receipt of the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant for the Greater Cleveland Avenue area.
Mayor Joines also noted that Pitt, who was appointed Chairman of the Housing Authority of the City of Winston-Salem in 2006, has led the organization with a quiet, steady hand during difficult economic times and has turned it into a nationally recognized leader in affordable housing.