Former county executive M. Elizabeth Bobo was given the "6th Congressional District County Official of the Year" award last week by the governor's advisory board on homelessness.
Bobo was recognized for having "addressed homelessness in two significant ways: establishing one-stop shopping for homeless services and more than doubling the number of available shelter beds."
Judges were told that as a result of Bobo's initiatives, the county can provide "emergency housing or assistance" to every resident who needs it.
Bobo, who was defeated in her bid for a second term in the November general election, was nominated for the award Oct. 8 by Manus J. O'Donnell, the county's citizen services director. O'Donnell was last year's winner.
There are portions of three congressional districts in Howard County.
Ellicott City and western Howard County make up the county part of the 6th Congressional District.