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.

2019 Winner

North Carolina Housing Finance Agency

2019 Entries

Delaware State Housing Authority:
Empowering Our Partners to Provide Delawareans a Home4Good

DSHA's Home4Good program provides rapid intervention at the grassroots level for Delawareans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by channeling dollars to our local partner service organizations. Funding from DSHA is used to help individuals retain or find housing, provide supportive services to those facing homelessness, or address other unmet needs within the existing homeless provider network.

Idaho Housing and Finance Association:
This New Development Is a New Solution for Idaho Homelessness

New Path Community Housing immediately housed 40 people experiencing chronic homelessness and provides wraparound services, such as counseling and medical care that help residents achieve stability. The completion of New Path marks a strong start to Idaho Housing's permanent supportive housing development program. More importantly, the teamwork and creativity it took to complete the project has become a model for others.

Illinois Housing Development Authority:
Rental Housing Re-Entry Program

A partnership between IHDA, the Illinois Department of Corrections and local service providers breaks down barriers to stable housing for persons exiting the prison system.

Nebraska Investment Finance Authority:
Combating Homelessness: A Decade of Commitment

Nebraska Investment Finance Authority has been fully immersed in the homeless continuum of care for over a decade. We are committed to ending homelessness in Nebraska through our statewide collaboration, creative partnerships, and unique programs.

New York City Housing Development Corporation:
Employing the Senior Affordable Rental Apartments (SARA) Program to Protect Low-Income LGBTQ+ Elders from Homelessness

The SARA Program was created to help address the homeless crisis and the special needs of our aging senior population. The SARA term sheet identifies gap financing in the form of low-interest loans to support the construction and renovation of affordable housing, combined with supportive services for low-income and formerly homeless seniors. In certain instances, SARA developments are designed with LGBTQ+ seniors in mind to help address the unique challenges faced by this vulnerable population.

North Carolina Housing Finance Agency:
Back@Home North Carolina

Back@Home North Carolina was designed to fill a housing gap for disaster victims who were forced to flee to disaster shelters, creating a path into housing for disaster survivors who would otherwise become homeless. The program provides a platform for the state to recover from disasters and increase resiliency to future ones. By creating a framework of housing-focused case management services, Back@Home was able to help North Carolinians at risk of homelessness following natural disasters.

Tennessee Housing Development Agency:
Good Tenants Good Neighbors

In an effort to combat homelessness before it happens, THDA's Good Tenants Training seeks to educate and increase housing access to one of the state's most vulnerable populations -- ex-offenders. The program is a comprehensive rental education workshop, with a HUD-certified housing counselor, being used by the Tennessee Department of Correction and law enforcement agencies across the state to prepare ex-offenders to reintegrate into their communities.