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October 7, 2021
Annual awards, presented by Urban Land Institute, recognizes innovative ways the public sector is addressing the nation’s affordable housing crisis.
WASHINGTON D.C. (October 7, 2021) – Affordable and workforce housing policies and programs put in place by the governments of Alexandria, Virginia, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, have been selected as joint winners of the 2021 Urban Land Institute Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards. The annual awards, presented by the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing, recognize innovative ways the public sector is addressing the nation’s affordable housing crisis, and the winners will be celebrated at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago (October 11–14).
“The calibre of the entries for the Larson Awards was extremely high this year,” said ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing executive director Christopher Ptomey. “Congratulations to the winners, whose initiatives will substantially improve housing access for lower-income residents and advance the cities’ equitable development priorities. Other cities can learn from, and replicate, these forward-thinking strategies and we look forward to honoring them at ULI’s Fall Meeting.”
This year’s winners included:
The Larson Awards recognize exemplary state and local programs, policies, and practices that support the production, rehabilitation, or preservation of workforce and affordable housing. The program was created in 2011 to honor the legacy of the late Robert C. Larson, a former ULI Foundation chairman and a longtime ULI trustee.
The program recognizes states and localities that undertake a broad range of policy and administrative initiatives to support housing affordability. They can take the form of regulatory or administrative changes such as allowing higher densities and waiving fees, or programs that provide grants or financing assistance. Policy programs are judged on a variety of factors, including impact on the supply of workforce housing, comprehensiveness of the tools and programs employed, involvement of public/private partnerships, and the ability to leverage private and nonprofit funds, among other criteria.
The jury is chaired by Ron Terwilliger, founder of the ULI Terwilliger Center and chairman of Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners. Other jury members are Payton Chung, managing partner, Westover Green, Washington, D.C.; Dennis Daniels, architect and project manager, Wier Boerner Allin Architecture, Nashville; Adam Ducker, chief executive officer, RCLCO, Bethesda, Maryland; Mike Francescani, manager, CohnReznick, Boston; Alan George, executive vice president (retired), Equity Residential, Chicago; Sonia Huntley, senior vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion, ULI, Washington, D.C.; Dara Kovel, president, Beacon Communities, Boston; Dionne Nelson, principal and chief executive officer, Laurel Street Residential, Charlotte; Phillip Payne, co-founder and chairman, the Lotus Campaign, Charlotte; Mark Richardson, chief technology officer, Rich Analytics, Toronto; Stacy Silber, principal, LerchEarlyBrewer, Bethesda, Maryland; Jaydan Tait, president and chief executive officer, Attainable Homes Calgary, Calgary, Alberta; Emily Thompson, partner, GMD Development, Seattle; Sam Watkins, director of architecture, BKV Group, Dallas; and Margaret Wylde, chief executive officer, ProMatura Group, Oxford, Mississippi.
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Notes to Editors
Courtesy images of the Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards winners and finalists are provided by ULI upon request for use by members of the press. For more details on the awards and previous winners, visit the Larson Awards homepage. For interested applicants, the 2022 Larson Awards application window opens soon. Please visit uli.org/larson for more information.
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