Summary of NACCED’s 2013 Awards of Excellence
Presented at the 38th Annual Conference and Training
October 21, 2013
Pima County, AZ
Orange County, FL: Emerald Villas
Sitting in the Pine Hills community of Orlando, FL, the apartments formerly known as Seville Place was a massive 440 unit blighted complex with 70% vacancy and in foreclosure. By leveraging federal and state grant funds along with tax exempt bonds and tax credit equity, Orange County Housing partnered with several organizations to acquire and redevelop the complex. After reducing the density, rehabilitating the remaining units, and beginning several Resident Services Programs, the complex has been transformed into Emerald Villas; a complex serving low income residents with nearly 100% occupancy.
Anne Arundel County; Baltimore City, MD; Baltimore County, MD; Harford County, MD; Howard County, MD; Opportunity Collaborative – An Initiative of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council: The Baltimore Regional Fair Housing Group
Recognizing that many impediments to fair housing are regional in nature, the five HUD entitlement jurisdictions in the Baltimore Region joined together to create the Baltimore Regional Fair Housing Group and commissioned a comprehensive Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI), which includes both regional and local components. The Group was successful in securing funding from the Baltimore Metropolitan Council’s Opportunity Collaborative, an initiative funded with federal Sustainable Communities Funding, leveraging limited local administration funds to hire a housing coordinator who is dedicated to carrying out regional activities to address impediments to fair housing.
HOME Investment Partnerships Program
Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles: Canyon Creek Senior Homes
Canyon Creek Senior Homes is a $22 million affordable senior housing community in Calabasas, CA. Canyon Creek received $2.5 million in HOME funds for site acquisition and construction costs to build 74 units of affordable housing that promotes independent living, with 15 units reserved for seniors who were displaced by foreclosure. With this base funding, the developer was able to leverage approximately $20 million to make the project feasible. Canyon Creek is fully occupied and residents enjoy stable affordable housing, lushly landscaped grounds, community rooms, computer areas, and exercise room that helps them maintain their health and independence.
Clark County Department of Community Services and The Council for the Homeless: Clark County Housing Solutions Center, Council for the Homeless
The Council for the Homeless Housing Solutions Center (HSC) in Clark County, WA has fundamentally improved how individuals and families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness access housing assistance and increased the likelihood that the assistance received is the best fit for their unique circumstances. Households no longer need to make multiple contacts with numerous agencies to try to navigate the complex rules and processes of housing assistance programs. The HSC has led to lower homeless system re-user rates, a holistic understanding of the community need for housing resources and stronger system-wide coordination of homeless services.