On Tuesday, April 23rd, HHPC  Awarded the 7th Legacy Award to John Startt during a breakfast ceremony at The Meeting House. John has a long history of working with Rebuilding Together Howard County in various capacities. Over 24 years, he has been a volunteer, served on the board, been the board president, and now serves on the staff overseeing the year-round rehab projects.

On Saturday, April 26, 2024, National Rebuilding Day, John will help to oversee 20 projects and 500 volunteers. John also received a proclamation from the County Executive, which was presented by Kelly Cimino, Executive Director of the Howard County Housing and Community Development Department. Ann Heavner, the ED for Rebuilding Together Howard County, nominated and introduced John at the ceremony. A donation of $200 was given to Rebuilding Together in John’s honor as part of the award. The award and check were presented to John by HHPC Board of Directors President Shaun Eddy with Oxford Planning.


At the end of the event, prior award winners or their representatives gathered for a photo.

Going from the left side to the right

Vernon Gray was the first African American elected to Howard County Council. He is representing the 2023 winner, Sherman Howell, whom he nominated last year. Sherman passed away last August. Sherman was a well-known affordable housing advocate.
John Startt is the 2024 winner.
Jeannie Carbo, Tom Carbo’s wife, was recognized posthumously with our first award. He was the ED for the Housing Dept and the Housing Commission and worked in the County for many years.
Kevin Kelehan was recognized in the first year as well. He is a longtime housing attorney and has worked with HHPC for over 30 years.
Grace Kubofcik, the 2020 award winner, is a long-time community advocate and founding member of the Howard County Housing Affordability Coalition.
Ed Sylvester represented his wife Pat, who was unable to attend. Pat worked for the State of MD for over 30 years. She worked in the MD Department of Housing and Community Development and the Department of Disabilities. She also has served on the Columbia Downtown Housing Corporation on the Board and as President and is a founding member of the Howard County Housing Affordability Coalition.
Missing from the event is the 2021 award winner, Paul Casey, who is a retired housing attorney. He was also on the board of the Columbia Downtown Housing Corporation, served as President, and is a founding member of the Howard County Housing Affordability Coalition.