The Special Achievement category recognizes HFA programs, projects, or actions that respond in an outstanding manner to an important state need; have a significant impact on a population, geographic area, or economy; and cut across traditional program lines.

Judging Criteria
Special Achievement entries will be judged on the degree to which they:

  • Are innovative
  • Respond to an important state need
  • Achieve intended results
  • Provide benefits that outweigh costs

If you have questions, please email or call 202-624-7710.

2017 Winner: Washington State Housing Finance Commission

2017 Annual Award Entries

2016 Winners: Michigan State Housing Development Authority and New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency

Michigan State Housing Development Authority

New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency

2016 Annual Award Entries

  • Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
    Ridgeline Terrace Grand Opening Event
    Ridgeline, Alaska's newest affordable housing complex garners public and political support and praise during grand opening event.
  • California Housing Finance Agency
    Principal Reduction for Unaffordable Mortgages
    California's expansion of its HHF Principal Reduction Program to help homeowners with unaffordable mortgages.
  • Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
    Solarize SSHP
    CHFA’s Solarize SSHP delivers sustainable, clean energy to households most burdened by rising energy costs.
  • Delaware State Housing Authority
    Downtown Development Districts
    Downtown Development Districts help build a stable community of long-term residents and increase vibrancy and livability in our downtowns.
  • Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
    My Community, My Vision
    My Community, My Vision: Encouraging high school students to help shape
    their community’s future.
  • Kentucky Housing Corporation
    KHC 20/20
    KHC 20/20, a monumental and transformational three-year plan.
  • MassHousing
    The Mel King Institute
    The Mel King Institute trains community development professionals to enhance their skills and leadership.
  • Michigan State Housing Development Authority
    MSHDA's Response to Flint Lead Water Crisis
    State of Emergency: MSHDA's rapid and continued response to a nontraditional emergency.
  • Nebraska Investment Finance Authority
    Building the Fire and the Role of the HFA
    Creating a spark to ignite transformational revitalization efforts in North Omaha.
  • New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
    Emerging Opportunities Grant Program
    This grant program awards funds to encourage & support innovative new initiatives by nonprofit organizations engaged in affordable housing activities.
  • New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency
    New Jersey Homeless Management Information System
    NJ HMIS Creates Nation’s First Statewide HMIS Collaborative; Nationally Recognized for Use of Biometric Technology.
  • Ohio Housing Finance Agency
    Balancing Sheet Restructuring
    Balance Sheet Restructuring To Generate Interest Cost Savings, Grow Loan Production, and Increase Wealth.
  • Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency
    Oklahoma Housing Needs Assessment
    OHFA released a comprehensive Housing Needs Assessment in 2016, the first in 15 years.
  • Rhode Island Housing
    Projecting Future Housing Needs Report: Making Informed Housing Choices
    A data-rich report on future state housing needs, creating a foundation for program planning and policy.


  2015 Winners: New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority and
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority


Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

2015 Annual Awards Entries


2014 Winner: Washington State Housing Finance Commission

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2013 Winners: Kentucky Housing Corporation and MassHousing

Kentucky Housing Corporation


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