Robert C. Larson Awards 2019 Winner: Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s Land + Credit = Workforce Homeownership Program

The goal of this program is to create 6,000 units of new workforce homeownership units. The program uses a multi-pronged approach, which includes locational analysis, customized pricing, restrictive covenants, and credit enhancement. The first workforce housing project under this program went to settlement in September 2015. The program so far has led to 13 projects with 148 units of workforce housing with an additional 62 market rate units in mixed-income projects….
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Robert C. Larson Awards 2019 Winner: New York City Housing Development Corporation’s Mitchell-Lama Reinvestment Program

YC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) created the Mitchell-Lama Reinvestment Program in 2017, which built upon its existing programs, while taking a more holistic approach towards properties’ immediate and long-term needs. The new MLRP program will rapidly deploy new capital to provide low-cost, long-term financing needed to anchor the affordability of the approximately 100 remaining Mitchell-Lama developments, consisting of more than 45,000 homes….
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Robert C. Larson Awards 2018 Finalist: New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency

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 2018 Winner: State of New York Mortgage Agency

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 2018 Finalist: New York City Housing Development Corporation

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 2018 Winner: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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 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: 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 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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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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