Special Needs Housing: Combating Homelessness

Recognizes programs that best provide affordable housing and services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Note: Individual developments are not eligible for an award.

Judging Criteria

Special Needs Housing entries will be judged on the degree to which they:

  • Are innovative
  • Are replicable
  • Respond to an important state housing need
  • Demonstrate measurable benefits to HFA targeted customers
  • Have a proven track record of success in the marketplace
  • Provide benefits that outweigh costs
  • Demonstrate effective use of resources
  • Effectively employ partnerships
  • Achieve strategic objectives

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

2015 Winner

2015 Entries

Alabama Housing Finance Authority:
"Collaboration Encouraged in QAP Leads to Housing for Homeless Vets"

The collaboration encouraged in AHFA's QAP leads to one-of-a-kind development for veterans.

Delaware State Housing Authority:
"Ending Veteran Homelessness"

Delaware Governor will end Veteran homelessness in Delaware in 2015.

District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency:
"So Others Might Eat (SOME) Permanent Supportive Housing Finance Partnership"

Partnership between DCHFA and a local social services provider to counter homelessness in the District.

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development:
"Maryland's Families First Program for Veterans"

Maryland's Families First Program for Veterans

Minnesota Housing (Winner):
"Ending Veteran Homelessness One Veteran at a Time"

The Minnesota’s Veterans Registry has created a better understanding and response system for needs on a Veteran-by-Veteran basis.

Virginia Housing:
"Preventing and Ending Veteran Homelessness"

VHDA’s three-step program is helping to end veteran homelessness in Virginia by 2015.