October 28, 2013

Twenty-two (22) state Housing Finance Agency (HFA) programs received Annual Awards for Program Excellence during the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) 2013 Annual Conference & Showplace in New Orleans, LA. This year’s conference was attended by more than 900 affordable housing industry professionals.

Now in its 29th year, the NCSHA Annual Awards for Program Excellence was created to identify and elevate industry best practices as well as encourage continued HFA innovation. There are seven categories for consideration:

  • Communications
  • Homeownership
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Management Innovation
  • Rental Housing
  • Special Needs Housing
  • Special Achievement

The 147 entries from across the country were judged on originality, innovation, a proven track record in the marketplace, cost/benefit ratio, and measurable benefits provided to targeted customers.

"These awards are presented annually to honor the best work of HFAs nationwide,” said Brian A. Hudson, NCSHA president and executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

“The NCSHA Annual Conference provides an outstanding platform to showcase award winners and entries in order to exchange best practices within the HFA community,” Hudson continued. “The ongoing ability to share information with each other enables all HFAs to be even more successful in achieving our common mission of providing affordable housing for those who need it."

Communications: Annual Report
Rhode Island Housing: Working Together to Bring Rhode Island ‘Home’ Annual Report

Communications: Creative Media
Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Down Payment Fairy Campaign

Communications: Promotional Materials & Newsletters
Illinois Housing Development Authority: 2013 IHDA Integrated Marketing Materials

Homeownership: Empowering New Buyers
MassHousing: Increasing Homeownership Through Partnerships and Programs

Homeownership: Encouraging New Production
Virginia Housing Development Authority: Partnership for Habitat Housing

Homeownership: Home Improvement & Rehabilitation
Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority: Communities For A Lifetime

Legislative Advocacy: Federal
Connecticut Housing Finance Authority: 2013 Connecticut Congressional Communications-
Efficient Face Time

Legislative Advocacy: State
Rhode Island Housing: Vote Yes on 7: For Homes, For Jobs, For Rhode Island

Management Innovation: Financial (two winners)
Idaho Housing and Finance Association: Buying Time – An REO Capital Preservation Strategy

Management Innovation: Financial (two winners)
MassHousing: Multifamily Portfolio Preservation and Pass-Through Structure

Management Innovation: Human Resources
Rhode Island Housing: RESPECT

Management Innovation: Operations
Virginia Housing Development Authority: Internal Communications Strategy

Management Innovation: Technology (two winners)
Minnesota Housing: Community Profiles: Using Technology to Make Demographic Data Accessible for Strategic Investing

Management Innovation: Technology (two winners)
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency: Multifamily Mapping Application

Rental Housing: Encouraging New Production
North Dakota Housing Finance Agency: North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund

Rental Housing: Multifamily Management
Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Automated Audit Process

Rental Housing: Preservation & Rehabilitation
Virginia Housing Development Authority: Maximizing Rural Housing Resources in Virginia

Special Achievement (two winners)
Kentucky Housing Corporation: KY Home Performance

Special Achievement (two winners)
MassHousing: Hoarding Initiatives Task Force

Special Needs Housing: Combating Homelessness
Virginia Housing Development Authority: South Hampton Roads Regional Supportive Studio
Apartment (SSA) Partnership

Special Needs Housing: Housing for Persons with Special Needs (two winners)
Delaware State Housing Authority: State Rental Assistance Program

Special Needs Housing: Housing for Persons with Special Needs (two winners)
Illinois Housing Development Authority: Home First Illinois

State Housing Finance Agencies – known as HFAs – share a public purpose mission to provide affordable housing help to the people of their jurisdictions who need it.

The National Council of State Housing Agencies – known as NCSHA – is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan association that advocates on behalf of HFAs before Congress and the Administration for affordable housing resources. It represents the HFAs of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, New York City, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Membership also includes more than 300 affordable housing industry partners.