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.

2017 Winner

Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority

2017 Entries

Delaware State Housing Authority:
Strengthening the Downtown Development District Initiative

Efforts to maintain and build strong support among legislators led to a budget increase.

Florida Housing Finance Corporation:
Back to Basics — Grassroots Outreach

Engaging and educating elected officials on affordable housing using a grassroots approach.

Illinois Housing Development Authority:
Saving the Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credit

Saving the donation tax credit in a very complex political environment.

Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority:
Housing First Program

Housing First Program creates Indiana's first model to combat homelessness.

MassHousing's Gateway City Tours

MassHousing meets with Gateway City officials to increase awareness of the agency’s products and programs.

Minnesota Housing:
Minnesota's Homework Starts with Home Initiative

Minnesota Housing secured a legislative victory to fund housing options for homeless students and families.

New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority:
Not Just for the In-laws: NH's Accessory Dwelling Unit Law

NHHFA helped lead the way to passage of a law requiring NH’s municipalities to allow ADUs.

Rhode Island Housing:
"Vote Yes on 7" $50 Million Housing Bond

Strategic and coordinated campaign results in successful passage of $50 million state housing bond.

Tennessee Housing Development Agency:
Codes Enforcement Bill

THDA's efforts ended a codes enforcement law stand-off that jeopardized housing funds.