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.

2018 Winner

Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority

2018 Entries

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation:
Moving to Work: Serving Low-Income Alaskans

MTW: Working in partnership to provide support to increase housing opportunities to vulnerable Alaskans.

Illinois Housing Development Authority:
Permanent Supportive Housing Development Program

A capacity-building loan program supports smaller developments and a range of supportive housing options.

Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority:
An HFA Responds to the Opioid Crisis

The blueprint for how an HFA can effectively respond to the opioid crisis.

Kentucky Housing Corporation:
Scholar House at Riverport – From Foster Care to College Degree

A successful program that has been adapted to provide housing and self-sufficiency for young people.

MaineHousing:
Safe House for Victims of Human Trafficking

The development of a Safe House where victims of human trafficking can receive emergency housing, crisis intervention, and case management services.

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development:
New Futures Bridge Subsidy Program

A rental subsidy program for youth aging out of foster care and sex crime survivors.

MassHousing:
Housing Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors

MassHousing’s efforts to support domestic violence survivors through business partner training and emergency housing access.

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency:
First Occupancy Initiative: An Affirmative Marketing Strategy for Accessible Rental Housing

Utilizing staff and partnerships to fill accessible units with those who need the features.