On Tuesday, October 20, join us for a virtual event that will inspire and inform you about the great importance of affordable housing. Your support will help Houston Habitat’s continued work to ensure everyone has a decent place to live.
The Carl Umland Award
Stephan Fairfield was instrumental in the founding of Houston Habitat for Humanity alongside Rev. Harvey Clemons, Jr. and Carl Umland in 1987. He has been a key figure in Houston’s affordable housing, serving on numerous boards and committees to advocate for low-income Houstonians. He is the founder and CEO of Houston’s Covenant Community Capital, which equips families to thrive financially and secure assets for intergenerational resilience by acquiring affordable homes, accessing quality education, managing risk, and building savings for life.
He has been a speaker on housing and community development for the Council on Foundations, Federal Reserve, British Urban Regeneration Association, Beijing Municipal Commission, and others. He received Houston Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Houstonian and Baylor’s Outstanding Young Alumni. His work received Fannie Mae’s Maxwell Award of Excellence, Houston Business Journal’s Legacy Award, and the Appraisal Institute’s Ace Award. In 2004 Stephan was appointed a Harvard University Loeb Fellow.
Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He lives in California, where is a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley.