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.

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.

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.