Robert C. Larson Awards 2017 Finalist: New York, NY

Experiencing some of the highest rents in the nation and facing affordable housing needs that far outstrip available public subsidy, New York City’s Housing Development Corporation has created a financing approach that substantially stretches the amount of available funding to support more development than would otherwise occur. The city’s novel approach also allows for mixed-income development and simplifies the local compliance process for developers….
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Robert C. Larson Awards 2017 Finalist: Denver, CO

Denver’s Regional Transit-Oriented Development Fund incorporates affordable and workforce housing into transit-oriented development through a public-private partnership. The program aims to preserve existing affordable housing along transportation corridors, placing special emphasis on units that may be lost due to gentrification. The program leverages the fund with over $500 million in local economic development activity, through construction and permanent job creation, serving economically challenged neighborhoods….
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Robert C. Larson Awards 2017 Finalist: Boston, MA

Boston, Massachusetts: Department of Neighborhood Development: Boston’s Neighborhood Homes Initiative offers a creative solution to offering middle-income housing on city-owned parcels of land that are too small for high density developments. The program emphasizes a high level of community outreach, incorporating residents into the design process — architects develop prototypes that complement the existing street context, and the prototypes are presented in community meetings for feedback….
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Robert C. Larson Awards 2017 Winner: Washington, DC

Washington, DC’s Department of Housing and Community Development has taken a multi-pronged approach to tackle issues related to housing DC’s residents: production, preservation, homeownership, and development of vacant properties. Production is being increased due to a housing trust fund that will provide up to $100 million annually for affordable housing development. The city has also streamlined the processes for the disposition of vacant properties which is enhancing efficiency. It has improved programs to encourage homeownership and facilitate attainment for those who would otherwise remain renters; and it has established a Housing Preservation Strike Force to strategize how to maintain affordable units where they already exist….
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Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards 2017 Winner: Wildflower Terrace

Wildflower Terrace is a mixed-income apartment community for ages 55 and over, which is located within the 700-acre Mueller Redevelopment community in Austin. The development includes a community activity room with a covered terrace, movie theater, fitness center, art studio, library, laundry facilities, business center, game room, billiards room, and an outdoor courtyard with access to greenways and trails, swimming pools, parks, shopping and convenient public transportation….
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Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards 2017 Finalist: Perris Station Senior Apartment Homes

Perris Station Senior Apartment Homes replaced a blighted property, fulfilling the city’s goal of adding high-quality, sustainable housing that is affordable to low-income seniors, and providing space for retail/office uses. The development is a model for offering amenity-rich living for active seniors 55+ years of age as well as resource-efficient and “green” design features….
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Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards 2017 Winner: Hahne & Co.

In 2015, public and private partners crafted a plan to transform the vacant Hahne & Co. department store into a thriving, modern residential and retail community. A public-private partnership led to the rehabilitation of the 400,000 square-foot building and construction of a 120,000-square foot, nine-story addition. This redevelopment has played a central role in the economic revitalization of downtown Newark. The now completed mixed-use development offers new housing, retail, jobs and educational opportunities near transit….
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Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards 2017 Finalist: Casitas de Colores

Casitas de Colores offers affordable housing specifically designed for families near to the city’s multi-modal transportation center as well as walkable access to jobs and recreational activities. The development’s sustainable design features have earned Casitas de Colores a LEED Platinum rating. The development has supported downtown revitalization, and promotes resident well-being and community interaction….
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