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.

2018 Winner

Kentucky Housing Corporation

2018 Entries

Colorado Housing and Finance Agency:
Permanent Supportive Housing Toolkit

The Toolkit is designed to increase the number of permanent supportive housing.

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

The Avenues for Hope housing challenge ensures Idaho nonprofits are well equipped to combat homelessness.

Illinois Housing Development Authority:
Rental Housing Support Program Special Demonstration

A unique partnership connects high-need patients with supportive housing upon discharge from the hospital.

Kentucky Housing Corporation:
Recovery Kentucky: A Structured, Supportive Housing Recovery Solution to Kentucky’s Opioid Epidemic

For over 10 years, Recovery Kentucky has helped rescue individuals from addiction and homelessness.

Louisiana Housing Corporation:
Louisiana’s Housing Heroes

Disaster response initiative houses displaced families by leveraging public-private partnerships while reducing federal expenditures.

New York City Housing Development Corporation:
The Homestretch Program

Innovative plan that has nonprofits “co-develop” homeless shelters and housing in the same development.

Ohio Housing Finance Agency:
Confronting Homelessness: Examining the Scope of Ohio’s Silent Crisis and Its Local Solutions

The Ohio Human Services Data Warehouse Report on the Scope of Homelessness in Ohio.

Wyoming Community Development Authority:
WCDA Transitional Housing Fund

The Transitional Housing Fund (THF) assists Wyoming’s homeless and formerly homeless individuals transitioning to permanent housing.