Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards

“With workforce and affordable housing needs growing more severe across the country, state and local governments are rising to the challenge with creative, substantive solutions."

Stockton Williams, exceutive director, ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing

About the Award

The Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards, named in honor of a former ULI trustee and ULI Foundation chairman, recognize exemplary state and local policy efforts in support of affordable and workforce housing.

States and localities can undertake a broad range of policy and administrative initiatives to support housing affordability. These can take the form of regulatory or administrative changes such as higher densities and waivers of fees, or programs that provide grants or financing assistance.

The Robert C. Larson Awards recognize innovative state and local policy initiatives that support the creation and preservation of affordable and workforce housing, specifically housing affordable to households earning at or below 120 percent of area median income (AMI).

Award Applications

The Terwilliger Center is now accepting applications for the 2018 Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards. Interested applicants can review the eligibility and criteria for the award and learn more about the previous winners and finalists.

2017 Winner

Washington, D.C.’s Department of Housing and Community Development was selected as the winner of the 2017 Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award. The Department has taken a multi-pronged approach to tackle issues facing housing the city’s residents, including the establishment of a significant housing trust fund to support construction and preservation; a streamlined, more efficient process for the disposition of vacant properties; improved programs to encourage homeownership and facilitate attainment for those who would otherwise remain renters; and the creation of a Housing Preservation Strike Force to focus on maintaining existing affordable units.


The Terwilliger Center is now accepting applications for the 2018 Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards. Apply here.

  • Application deadline: March 5, 2018
  • Jury selection of finalists: April 2018
  • Jury selection of winners: August 2018
  • Winners will be announced at the Housing Opportunity Conference