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.

2017 Winner

Minnesota Housing

2017 Entries

Idaho Housing and Finance Association:
Building Fundraising Networks for Homeless Service Providers

The Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge bolsters resources for nonprofit homeless service providers throughout Idaho.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority:
MSHDA's Statewide Campaign “Pledge to End Veterans Homelessness”

MSHDA's statewide campaign to bolster efforts and commitments to help veterans experiencing homelessness.

Minnesota Housing:
Step-Down Pilot Project: Creatively and Cost Effectively Expanding Permanent Supportive Housing Opportunities

Minnesota Housing's Step-Down pilot helps move people from site-based supportive housing into scattered-site housing and better utilize scarce resources.

Rhode Island Housing:
Housing Stabilization Program: Protecting Tenancy for At-Risk Renters

Housing Stabilization program significantly decreases lease terminations and prevents homelessness.

Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority:
Rethke Terrace Supportive Housing

Rethke Terrace provides 60-units of supportive housing for people who have experienced chronic homelessness.