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NCSHA Honors State Housing Finance Agencies for Affordable Housing Innovation

Published on October 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — On October 27, the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) recognized 16 state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) for initiatives that effectively address affordable housing challenges.

“This year’s award winners reflect the innovation state HFAs around the country have shown in responding to the coronavirus, as well as their progress in solving the longstanding housing affordability needs of their states and the nation,” said NCSHA Executive Director Stockton Williams.

Established in 1984, NCSHA’s Annual Awards for Program Excellence identify and elevate industry best practices and encourage continued HFA innovation. Member HFAs are eligible to submit initiatives for consideration in seven categories: Communications, Homeownership, Legislative Advocacy, Management Innovation, Rental Housing, Special Achievement, and Special Needs Housing. In 2020, 38 HFAs submitted 112 entries in this program.

The following award recipients were recognized during NCSHA’s Annual Conference & Showcase, attended virtually by more than 1,600 member affordable housing leaders and professionals. All the nominated programs can be found at

Communications: Annual Report
Iowa Finance Authority: IFA Chain Reactions – FY19 Annual Report

Communications: Integrated Campaign
Rhode Island Housing: Hello, Landlords!

Communications: Special Event Marketing
MaineHousing: Our First 50 Years Serving Maine

Homeownership: Empowering New Buyers
Delaware State Housing Authority: Homes for Grads
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development: Maryland Mortgage Program Product Diversification

Homeownership: Encouraging New Construction
MassHousing: CommonWealth Builder Program

Legislative Advocacy: State Advocacy
MassHousing: REACH – Addressing the Racial Homeownership Gap
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency: New Jersey Foreclosure Mediation Assistance Program

Management Innovation: Financial
Washington State Housing Finance Commission: Microsoft Partnership: Stretching Our Resources

Management Innovation: Human Resources
Minnesota Housing: The Daily

Management Innovation: Internal Operations
Ohio Housing Finance Agency: Qualified Allocation Plan Interactive Maps

Management Innovation: Technology
Ohio Housing Finance Agency: OHFA Inspection Software – New Compliance Technology During COVID-19 and Beyond

Rental Housing: Encouraging New Construction
California Housing Finance Agency: CalHFA Broadens Its Reach with the Efficient Mixed-Income Program
Michigan State Housing Development Authority: MSHDA Below Market Rate Bond Program

Rental Housing: Multifamily Management
Illinois Housing Development Authority: Conserve to Preserve

Rental Housing: Preservation and Rehabilitation
Minnesota Housing: Rental Rehabilitation Deferred Loan, Rural Development RFP

Special Achievement
Michigan State Housing Development Authority: MSHDA Neighborhood Enhancement Program
Mississippi Home Corporation: Analysis of Impediments Statewide Collaboration

Special Achievement: COVID-19 Response
Delaware State Housing Authority: Providing Rental Assistance During & After a Global Pandemic
Oregon Housing and Community Services: COVID-19 Three Lessons in Organizational Resilience from Oregon

Special Needs Housing: Combating Homelessness
Delaware State Housing Authority: Preventing Eviction for Low-Income Delawareans

Special Needs Housing: Housing for Persons with Special Needs
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency: Building Your Financial House – Readine$$ for Reentry

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