Legislative Advocacy: State Advocacy

Recognizes agencies demonstrating the most efficient, effective, and creative use of resources to achieve state legislative objectives.

Judging Criteria

Legislative Advocacy entries will be judged on the degree to which they:

  • Advance the overall mission of the agency
  • Are innovative
  • Are replicable
  • Demonstrate coalition building
  • Forge effective relationships with state and/or federal legislators
  • Achieve strategic objectives
  • Anticipate, identify, and prioritize legislative issues
  • Reach target audiences
  • Employ analytical skills to anticipate and identify the potential ramifications of issues
  • Provide benefits that outweigh costs
  • Demonstrate effective use of resources

If you have questions, please email awards@ncsha.org or call 202-624-7710.

2019 Winner

Illinois Housing Development Authority

Minnesota Housing

2019 Entries

District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency:
ReMIT — Reverse Mortgage Insurance & Tax Payment Program

DCHFA developed ReMIT to assist District residents who are falling behind on taxes and insurance costs associated with their reverse mortgage loans. Anita Bonds, DC, Councilmember at-Large and Chairperson of the Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization secured funding for this program in the FY 2019 Budget Support Act and appointed DCHFA to design and launch the program which aims to assist seniors. ReMIT allows seniors to continue living in the homes they worked hard to purchase.

Illinois Housing Development Authority:
Fight to Remove Blight

IHDA brought together legislators, housing providers, municipal governments and others to remove legislative barriers to community revitalization.

Minnesota Housing:
Housing Infrastructure Bonds

Housing Infrastructure Bonds are one of the most flexible resources Minnesota Housing has, and with continued support for the program from the legislature, Minnesota Housing is better equipped to work toward the vision of all Minnesotans living in a safe, stable home they can afford in a community of their choice.

New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency:
Legislation Modernizing Foreclosure Laws to Protect Consumers and Reduce Blight

Last year, a special committee was formed to investigate foreclosures in New Jersey. Based on the findings from the committee, NJHMFA teamed with the Governor's Office, two executive departments, the Courts and the legislature to work on a package of nine bills. The bill package was passed by the Legislature in late March and was signed into law on April 29, 2019. The impact modernizes our foreclosure laws, speeds up the process, develops tools to combat developing trends and protects borrowers.

Oregon Housing and Community Services:
Building Legislative Momentum

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) has garnered unprecedented support from the Governor’s Office and State Legislature to invest historic levels of funding for existing and new programs which support low-income housing and poverty alleviation. OHCS’ strategic approach to engagement, advocacy and communications has resulted in over $300 million in new state funding over the past two years; with Governor Brown’s 2019-2021 Agency Request Budget at historic levels, exceeding $400 million.

Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority:
WHEDA State Housing Tax Credit Program

On March 28, 2018, Wisconsin Act 176 was signed into law establishing a state housing tax credit program. Less than 90 days from the new legislation being enacted, WHEDA implemented the new program and awarded its first round of state housing tax credits to nine developments enabling the creation of 2,065 additional affordable housing units.