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NCSHA Honors State Housing Finance Agencies for Innovation

Published on October 24, 2018

Annual Conference & Showplace HFAs at the CenterWASHINGTON, DC ― The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) recognized 15 state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) for innovative programs on October 15 during the association’s Annual Conference & Showplace, held in Austin and attended by 1,000 member affordable housing leaders and professionals.

The NCSHA Annual Awards for Program Excellence were established in 1984 to identify and elevate industry best practices and encourage continued HFA innovation. Member HFAs are eligible to submit their programs, projects, and practices for consideration in seven categories:  Communications, Homeownership, Legislative Advocacy, Management Innovation, Rental Housing, Special Achievement, and Special Needs Housing.

Forty HFAs submitted 131 entries in the 2018 awards program. The judges evaluate each entry for its level of innovation, replicability, measurable benefit to HFA customers, effective use of resources, and achievement of strategic objectives, among other criteria. The judges are affordable housing industry leaders and subject matter experts selected for their relevant expertise, experience, and impartiality.

“These award-winning initiatives reflect the creativity and commitment that state housing finance agencies across the country are bringing to solve their states’ and the nation’s affordable housing challenges,” said Stockton Williams, executive director of NCSHA. “They demonstrate that progress is possible through pragmatic approaches focused on results.”

This year’s nominated programs can be found at

Annual Reports

Iowa Finance Authority

Creative Media
South Dakota Housing Development Authority

Promotional Materials and Newsletters
Iowa Finance Authority
Kentucky Housing Corporation

Empowering New Buyers
Delaware State Housing Authority
Vermont Housing Finance Agency

Encouraging New Production
Delaware State Housing Authority

Home Improvement and Rehabilitation
Minnesota Housing

Federal Advocacy
North Carolina Housing Finance Agency
Washington State Housing Finance Commission

State Advocacy
California Housing Finance Agency

Colorado Housing and Finance Authority

Human Resources
North Carolina Housing Finance Agency

Illinois Housing Development Authority

Kentucky Housing Corporation

Encouraging New Production
Connecticut Housing Finance Authority

Multifamily Management
Iowa Finance Authority

Preservation and Rehabilitation
Minnesota Housing

New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority

Combating Homelessness
Kentucky Housing Corporation

Housing for Persons with Special Needs
Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority

About the National Council of State Housing Agencies 
For more than 50 years, state housing finance agencies (HFAs) have played a central role in the nation’s affordable housing system, delivering financing to make possible the purchase, development, and rehabilitation of affordable homes and rental apartments for low- and middle-income households.

The National Council of State Housing Agencies is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created to advance, through advocacy and education, the efforts of the nation’s state HFAs and their partners to provide affordable housing to those who need it. NCSHA’s vision: An affordably housed nation. Learn more at,

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