Special Needs Housing: Housing for Persons with Special Needs

Recognizes programs, other than those focused primarily on combating homelessness, that best provide affordable housing and services for persons with special needs.

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

New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (Winner)

2015 Entries

Arizona Department of Housing/Arizona Housing Finance Authority:
"Autism Special Needs Housing"

29 Palms: A special needs housing project serving young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

California Housing Finance Agency:
"California Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Program"

Section 811 PRA to help Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities to live in integrated community settings.

Illinois Housing Development Authority:
"Hope Manor II"

Supportive housing for female head-of-household Veterans and their families

Minnesota Housing:
"Innovative Supportive Housing Opportunities for People with Special Needs"

Supportive housing made a world of difference for residents at these Minnesota Housing-funded developments.

Missouri Housing Development Commission:
"St. Michael's Housing - Phase I"

St. Michael's Housing seeks to empower veterans by providing safe, permanent housing and supportive services.

New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (Winner):
"Special Needs Housing Partnership Loan Program"

The SNHPLP provides funding to support the creation of permanent, affordable supportive housing for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Tennessee Housing Development Agency:
"Beyond Bricks to Intentional Communities"

Intentional Communities connecting service learning and housing development.