Summary of NACCED’s 2014 Awards of Excellence
Presented at the 39th Annual Conference and Training
September 30, 2014
Arlington County, VA
Pima County, AZ: Las Abuelitas Family Housing
The 12-unit Los Abuelitas project was developed in the city of South Tucson, Arizona to address three issues: first, to provide affordable housing for an increasing number of grandparents raising their grandchildren. Las Abuelitas was designed with the grandparents’ input and needs in mind. Secondly, redeveloping a community lacking in safe, decent housing where it is estimated that 40% of housing units are substandard. Pima County donated a vacant parcel and made the initial $1.9 million investment in the project. Lastly, to develop a model for durable energy efficient affordable housing. Las Abuelitas achieved Platinum certification through the county run LEED program.
Westchester County, NY: Acquisition Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund Program
With increased foreclosures hitting the County, Westchester was able to purchase properties in established neighborhoods, then rehabilitate and resell them with deed restrictions, providing affordable housing units with little impact on the neighborhood. The County also adopted a Right of First Refusal where municipalities must offer the County first option to purchase their in-rem tax foreclosures before accepting auction bids, if the municipality wants to be considered for Discretionary Funding (i.e. Open Space funds) from the County in the future. Once the homes are sold to income-eligible buyers, the proceeds replenish the Fund for future purchases.
HOME Investment Partnerships Program
Fairfax County, VA: Mondloch Place
Mondloch Place, a former homeless shelter, is a facility located in the Alexandria portion of Fairfax County and offers 20 fully furnished efficiency rental units with onsite supportive services to formerly homeless individuals. The building is owned by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and is operated by the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH) and local non-profit, New Hope Housing. Constructed under existing zoning, the facility was renovated utilizing a combination of federal funds including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), CDBG-Recovery, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and Economic Development Initiative resources.
Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles, CA: Homeless Family Solutions Center
In February 2014, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the Homeless Family Solutions System (HFSS) Redesign Plan to develop a “seamless” system for homeless families. The HFSS would ensure standardized assessments, triage for housing and service intervention and rapid re-housing for homeless families by leveraging existing resources and expand the program to jurisdictions currently not served in the County. Prior to approval, the services were disjointed and not coordinated. This new effort expects to permanently house 70% of the families assisted with the goal of ending homelessness.
Howard County, MD: Consider the Person Campaign
The purpose of the Consider the Person Campaign is to change the hearts and minds of community members and landlords about individuals and families that participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as, and still referred to, as the Section 8 Program) in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that voucher holders are not confined to living in areas of concentrated poverty, but rather having access to housing in areas “of opportunity” throughout the region. Opportunity is the chance to improve our region by better connecting all our citizens to regional assets.
Allegheny County, PA: Allegheny County Economic Development Minority Business Opportunity Program
While HUD simply requires a Good Faith Effort to increase minority business participation in government contracting, Allegheny County Economic Development’s Minority Business Opportunity program was strategically planned to develop a systematic communication method, using a comprehensive approach, to increase minority contracting participation. The system includes: collaborating with government and minority business advocacy agencies; developing an MBO data mining network; strengthening relationships with minority contractors, including veteran-owned businesses; and requiring agencies to report minority business interactions. ACEDMBO practices have resulted in ACED consistently exceeding the established commitment to minority participation through increased minority business participation and greater accuracy in measureable outcomes.