Summary of NACCED's 2016 Awards of Excellence

Summary of NACCED’s 2016 Awards of Excellence

Presented at the 41st Annual Conference and Training

September 13, 2016
Allegheny County, PA


Homeless Coordination/Assistance
Los Angeles County, CA: South Los Angeles Recuperative Care Center

The South Los Angeles Recuperative Care Center (SOLAR) opened its doors in September 2014. Designed to help the homeless have a safe place to live and fully recuperate after discharge from the hospital, this innovative program not only gives relief to the high cost of on-going medical care, but provides homeless individuals the dignity and care they deserve to make a full recovery and move towards permanent supportive housing.

Planning/Policy/Program Management
Cook County, IL: Planning for Progress Strategic Plan

In January of 2015, the Cook County Department of Planning and Development, within the Bureau of Economic Development, completed and adopted Planning for Progress. Encompassing two Federally-required plans – Consolidated Plan and CEDS - in one strategic planning process and document for the first time and spanning 2015-2019, Planning for Progress is aligned with local/regional plans and incorporates extensive input from 2,000+ stakeholders. Developed with technical assistance from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Planning for Progress marshals an estimated $270 million in current resources and guides both investments and partnerships related to economic development, affordable housing, and community development.


Henrico County, VA: Home Innovation Workshops

The Home Maintenance Workshops are a series of four free instructional classes targeted to low-income homeowners providing hands-on instruction on home maintenance and preventive care. Homeowners frequently defer maintenance and repairs causing increased problems and demand for public and non-profit resources. Maintaining homes prevents blight, encourages neighborhood investment, and increases neighborhood stability. The workshops provide instruction in areas of weatherization, basic plumbing and electrical repair, drywall repair, yard maintenance, protection of property against crime, and techniques for hiring a contractor. These workshops increase homeowners’ level of confidence in home maintenance and support the ability to age in place.

Economic Development

Allegheny County: ONE Homestead

Homestead, Pennsylvania, once the site of the Homestead Works steel factory, declined as the steel industry faded in Western Pennsylvania. The Homestead Works brownfield was redeveloped into a large retail project called The Waterfront, which is located adjacent to “The Avenues,” Homestead’s business district. Both the Waterfront and the Avenues were hindered by a limited local population.  ONE Homestead creates affordable housing in the economically distressed borough’s business district to locate residents within walking distance of both the Waterfront and “The Avenues” in attractive housing. The development is made of a mixed-use apartment building, town homes along a park, and a rehabilitated post office. 

Affordable Housing

DuPage County, IL: The Alden Foundation Woodridge Horizon Senior Living Community Project

DuPage County has an increased need for affordable senior housing as the average age of residents continues to rise and the cost of living increases each year. A partnership formed with The Alden Foundation, a respected developer of senior housing since the 1990s, to provide affordable quality housing with amenities in a location near public transportation, shopping and major highways. The result is a 92-unit affordable senior housing project that offers seniors more than just housing, but a large variety of amenities that are ADA accessible in a building that is constructed under certification of the Enterprise Green Communities standards.

HOME Investment Partnerships Program
Fresno County, CA: Kingsburg Marion Villas Senior Apartments
Fresno County’s ‘Swedish Village’ is the City of Kingsburg, known for its Swedish architecture, bakeries, restaurants and shops.

Kingsburg Marion Villas Senior Apartments, a $9 million new development ($1 million HOME) is Kingsburg’s first-ever HOME-funded development and affordable senior apartments.  It includes 45 1-2 bedroom units, a community room, courtyard, and commercial space, with tenant incomes between 30%-60% AMI.

The architecture was uniquely designed and constructed to reflect the Swedish Village theme, through steep pitched shingled roofs, stucco, and extensive wood detailing and treatments with highlighted ornamental ironwork.  A beautiful ‘Dala Horse’ statue stands as a focal and meeting point.