LEON N. WEINER
Remembered as “the conscience of housing in America” by the National Association of Home Builders, Leon was a tireless advocate for affordable housing in this country.
During his prodigious career, he was twice-named “Fair Housing Person of the Year” by the National Housing Conference, “Fair Housing Person of the Year” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and inducted into the Housing Hall of Fame alongside such greats as the pioneering urban planner, James Rouse, and the “father of modern suburbia,” William Levitt.
Leon made his mark on the industry early, and was appointed to the Kaiser Commission on Urban Housing by President Johnson, which led to the cornerstone Housing Act of 1968. Later he also served on the White House Commission on Aging, the National Committee against Discrimination in Housing, was the Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank, President of the National Association of Home Builders, President of the National Housing Conference, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Corporation for Housing Partnerships.
His home building and development firm, Leon N. Weiner & Associates, Inc. continues Leon’s vision of providing affordable housing for senior citizens and families of moderate means. The company built Delaware’s first integrated subdivision, and has provided almost 15,000 affordable homes and apartments in more than ten states.
Leon recognized that an educated populace:
- Nourishes democratic ideals of equality, justice and service
- Stimulates creativity and innovation
- Fosters tolerance, compassion and understanding for all people
- Enjoys a higher quality of life