Special Achievement: Special Achievement

This subcategory recognizes HFA programs and practices 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.

Note: Individual developments are not eligible for an award.

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 awards@ncsha.org or call 202-624-7710.

2020 Winner

Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Mississippi Home Corporation

2020 Entries

Arizona Department of Housing:
COVID-19 Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance Program

As the COVID-19 emergency began to impact employment, the Arizona Department of Housing swiftly stood up a Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance program with $5M in funding provided by the State Housing Trust Fund. The Department implemented a paperless product by utilizing an existing system and worked with Community Action Agencies to administer the program. Renters struggling to pay rent as a result of COVID-19 can apply for up to $2K per month in rental assistance, paid to the landlord.

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

The Reverse Mortgage Insurance and Tax Payment Program (ReMIT) advances the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency’s (“DCHFA” or “the Agency”) mission by providing financial assistance targeted toward senior citizens that have obtained reverse mortgages in Washington, D.C. and are at risk of foreclosure as a result of overdue property taxes, insurance bills, and/or condominium fees or homeowners association fees.

Illinois Housing Development Authority:
Saving Illinois Communities

Land banks are gaining traction as an effective solution to attract reinvestment and redevelopment to regions hit hardest by blight. But despite an acute need for investment and a high rate of vacancies, startup costs and a lack of operational experience prevent many communities from realizing the benefits of this tool. Recognizing this unmet need, IHDA launched the Land Bank Capacity Program to provide start-up funding and technical assistance to create land banks in underserved communities.

Neighborhood Hub Initiative

The primary goal of the Neighborhood Hub program is to stabilize neighborhoods with a high rate of vacant, abandoned, and blighted properties in Gateway Cities through a multi-agency partnership.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority:
MSHDA Neighborhood Enhancement Program

MSHDA’s Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) is designed to help with high-impact, quick-turnaround housing oriented projects or activities in neighborhoods. The primary goal of the program is to identify and fund activities that visually address unique neighborhood needs in ways that keep neighbors engaged in facilitating positive change.

Minnesota Housing:
Consolidated RFP Kickoff Event

The 2020 Multifamily Consolidated RFP Kickoff Event brought over 85 partners together representing approximately 40 diverse organizations in the affordable rental development industry – nonprofit and for-profit developers, supportive housing service providers, other HTC allocating agencies in the state of Minnesota, local governments, other funding partners who award funding in collaboration with Minnesota Housing through our RFP, investors, architects, property management companies and more.

Mississippi Home Corporation:
Analysis of Impediments Statewide Collaboration

Never before in the United States has an entire state engaged in a comprehensive statewide collaborative effort to identify and analyze the nature and extent of barriers to fair housing. This statewide effort caught the attention of HUD officials nationwide and they recognized this collaboration as a model for other states to replicate. MHC with its partners was able to create the state’s most comprehensive housing analysis ever developed that has shaped policy changes statewide.

Nebraska Investment Finance Authority:
Small But Mighty: Navigating Disaster Recovery

The 2019 natural disaster of flooding heavily impacted the state of Nebraska. The estimated $1.3 billion in economic damages and the remaining effects are likely to have a long-term impact on the state. While the road to recovery will be long, the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority will be there every step of the way. This award application shows how we have responded so far.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal:
The 9% Tax Credit RFP Reimagined: Streamlining and Speeding Affordable Housing Production

NYSHCR has reinvented the way it awards 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, speeding the process for developers, staff and the people of New York State. The new HCR Multifamily Finance 9% RFP is now a bi-annual competitive process used to award and subsidy financing to developers of affordable and supportive multifamily housing projects. The new process streamlines the review process, provides upfront technical assistance and effectively gets the funding out of the door faster.

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency:
Encouraging Mixed-Use Development and Affordable Housing in Pennsylvania

PHFA identified a need for affordable mixed-use developments across the Commonwealth and responded to that need by working with the Pennsylvania General Assembly to provide financial incentives to these projects. PHFA remains innovative in its approach to managing these ever changing needs by altering program priorities and increasing revenue streams to meet the needs of the residents and individuals the Agency serves.

South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority:
Evidence-Based Policymaking in South Carolina's Housing Credit Program

In articulating South Carolina’s need for affordable housing, SC Housing has made significant changes to the Qualified Allocation Plan and has helped establish a state tax credit. The result for South Carolina will ultimately be more affordable housing that better serves the needs of the state.

Vermont Housing Finance Agency:
Examining and Containing Rental Housing Development Cost Drivers

As in many other states, Vermont faces the twin challenges of limited sources of financing for affordable housing and increasing costs of development. In response, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency led an initiative to examine factors contributing to the cost of building and rehabilitating affordable rental housing and to identify and implement achievable strategies to contain or reduce total costs while promoting key public policy priorities and ensuring housing quality.