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.
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
2017 Winner: Washington State Housing Finance Commission
2017 Annual Award Entries
- Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Jumpstart Program
AHFC’s Jumpstart Program helps work-able families become financially independent and increases housing opportunities for Alaskans.
- California Housing Finance Agency
Keep Your Home California Economic Impact Study
Innovative use of the economic impact study analyzing California’s statewide foreclosure prevention program.
- Illinois Housing Development Authority
Stabilization Tools for Every Challenge
IHDA’s toolkit of data, training, and funding supports communities at every stage of the recovery.
- Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
IHCDA Disaster Housing Plan
A formal, standardized procedures manual to codify how the agency will respond to disasters.
- Kentucky Housing Corporation
Residential Energy Efficiency (REE)
The Residential Energy Efficiency (REE) Training Initiatives are a multifaceted approach to energy efficiency education.
- Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Catching Foreclosure Rescue Scammers Using Data Modeling
Triangulating data available to HFAs to predict who geographically/demographically “Foreclosure Rescue Scammers” will target.
MassHousing’s The Opportunity Fund
MassHousing’s financial commitment to workforce housing, preservation, veteran’s homeownership, MBE/WBE, and community scale housing efforts.
- New York City Housing Development Corporation
Bifurcated Structures for Mixed-Income Financing
Better leveraging of volume cap and maximization of its efficacy to create affordable housing.
- New York State Housing Finance Agency
Green Bonds Initiative
Furthering our commitment to green affordable housing by certifying bonds via the Climate Bond Initiative.
- Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Starting at Home: Using Philanthropy, Research, and Practice to Build Strong Communities
Summary of the 2017 Starting at Home Conference
- Tennessee Housing Development Agency
It’s Newsworthy — Pitch It!
Carefully designed earned media campaign brought headline news across days and markets, jumpstarting remarkable production.
- Washington State Housing Finance Commission
Sustainable Energy Strategy for Housing Initiatives
An agency-wide energy initiative offers diverse financing tools to improve housing affordability through energy savings.