SNHU CED Student Receives Dissertation Grant

Monday, October 01, 2007
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SNHU Student Receives Dissertation Grant

Manchester, N.H. (Sept. 28, 2007) – Richard Koenig, a Ph.D. candidate at Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Community Economic Development, has been awarded a competitive $15,000 doctoral dissertation grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development towards his research: “Improving Tenants’ Lives through Affordable Rental Housing: Stepping Stone or Destination.”

The U.S. HUD grant is intended to stimulate policy-relevant urban research by encouraging doctoral candidates to pursue research topics in community, housing and urban development, assist doctoral candidates in the timely completion of their dissertation research, and provide an arena for new scholars to share their research findings.

Koenig will also receive a $5,000 award from SNHU’s Applied Research Center funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

Koenig received his MCP in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Illinois  Wesleyan University. He has earned certificates in construction, land use, and real estate finance, is a member American Planning Association and certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. Koenig recently moved from Chicago to Detroit where he started a community development consulting firm. He is former CEO of Housing Opportunity Development Corporation, the only community-based affordable housing development nonprofit serving Chicago’s northern suburbs. He ran the agency for nine years and developed more than 200 units of affordable housing worth more than $30 million.

Koenig’s research apprenticeship at the Applied Research Center included studies for Heritage United Way (community indicators and strategic philanthropy), the U.S. Department of Justice (Weed & Seed best practices) and the Latino Diaspora.

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