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2018 NMA Housing Awards winners

Posted by NMA on Mar 7, 2019 9:49:43 AM

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The winners of the 2018 NMA Housing Awards were announced at The Housing Conference last week in New Orleans. We're excited to recognize the amazing work that these housing agencies have done for their communities!

First launched in 2007, the NMA Housing Awards were created to recognize individual agency performance and honor excellence in the affordable housing industry. The awards are open to housing authorities and associations throughout the United States, who may enter in two categories: the Development Award, and the Resident Service Award. Recipients of the Development Award include new construction, green initiatives, property improvements, and out-of-the-box financing, while the Resident Service Award honors leaders in community outreach and efforts to improve the future of families. Read on to learn more about this year's winners.

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 2018 NMA Development Award (Large Agency)

Housing First

San Diego Housing Commission

Housing First San Diego exceeded its three-year goal of creating 3,000 housing opportunities for homeless residents in 18 months. Its landlord engagement and assistance program has created 1,855 housing opportunities for local homeless residents—the most of any Housing First program. Its Housing Our Heroes initiative has provided rental housing assistance to 1,000 of the county's homeless military veterans.

San Diego Housing Commission launched the current phase of Housing First in 2017 and has since directed $80 million in federal, city, and SDHC resources toward programs to create permanent housing opportunities for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or risk of homelessness. These opportunities provide a path to permanent housing for individuals and families in San Diego who would otherwise be in shelters or on the streets.

 

HA of the City of Napa

 

 2018 NMA Development Award (Small Agency)

Valley View Senior Homes

Housing Authority of the City of Napa

Valley View is a 70-unit new-construction housing project for seniors 55 and older, restricted to extremely low and very low-income households. It includes both traditional apartments and cottages designed to blend in with the adjacent residential neighborhood, as well as a bocce ball court, clubhouse, and community garden. Services to residents include free internet and weekly social events.

The Housing Authority of the City of Napa used federal CDBG funding in addition to tax-exempt bond financing and grants to develop Valley View, which is significant for being the first senior housing project in the City of American Canyon and the first veterans' affordable housing project in Napa County. Its project-based vouchers are the first VASH vouchers awarded to HACN. It's also the first project in Napa County to provide project-based permanent supportive housing units through the community's recently redesigned homeless system.

 

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2018 NMA Resident Service Award (Large Agency)

PhillySEEDS

Philadelphia Housing Authority

PhillySEEDS is a non-profit affiliate of the Philadelphia Housing Authority founded five years ago by PHA's president and CEO, Kelvin Jeremiah, in order to facilitate raising funds and developing programs for residents in ways that PHA might not be able to do. Through a wide range of philanthropic funding sources, PhillySEEDS provides scholarships, develops community-based partnerships, and exercises financial flexibility to invest in and uplift PHA families through education, homeownership, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

A total of almost $1.3 million has been awarded to 343 residents since this award-winning program began in 2013. Money for the scholarships comes from PHA's operating budget, donations from corporate and individual program supporters, and funds received from vendors as part of their Section 3 commitments.

 

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2018 NMA Resident Service Award (Large Agency)

Step-Up Apprenticeship Program

Worcester Housing Authority

In 2014, Worcester Housing Authority asked, "What can we do to end the persistent cycle of unemployment we see in our tenant families?" The main causes were lack of employable job skills, large gaps in work history, and a long list of social challenges. At that time, the unemployment rate at two of WHA's largest family developments was 80 percent. WHA realized that intensive case management would be a necessity to help its families maintain long-term employment.

These discussions led to the creation of the Step-Up Apprenticeship Program, a recognized two-year Massachusetts state training program that provides a technical training curriculum and on-the-job training for WHA residents. The goal of the program is to provide residents with access to education, job skills, and employment opportunities. For many of the participants, Step-Up is their first job. Four apprenticeship disciplines are offered: apartment prep, landscaping, custodial work, and administrative assignments. Since the program was launched, 35 apprentices have successfully graduated and achieved full-time employment in both the public and private sectors.

 

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2018 NMA Resident Service Award (Small Agency)

Bringing Generations Together

Central Falls Housing Authority

Last year, the Central Falls Housing Authority teamed up with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Rhode Island to launch the Bringing Generations Together program. The intergenerational program pairs teens with seniors for projects like snow removal, farmer's market outings, healthy cooking, crafts, storytelling, and culturally rich and diverse activities. It brings residents out of their rooms and tackles isolation head-on, developing valuable relationships between seniors and youth.

The program has recently received a two-year grant of $120,000 to expand the intergenerational programming to four new communities in Rhode Island. Each community follows its own path to becoming age-friendly and helping ensure that resources reach underrepresented communities at greatest risk for disparities.

 

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2018 NMA Resident Service Award, Honorable Mention

Forest Preserve Experience

Housing Authority of Cook County

The Forest Preserve Experience is a five-week summer program that introduces high school-aged residents from HACC's HCV and public housing programs to physical work outdoors on conservation and restoration projects. Each week, time is devoted to learning about the local environment, and the teenagers enjoy the opportunity to participate in hiking, canoeing, and other recreational activities.

HACC uses the fees it collects by acting as its own developer in public housing rehab transactions to help fund the Forest Preserve Experience, and HACC employees create and distribute all marketing materials to garner interest from residents. The program also includes supplementary activities, such as a "Smart Money" class at a local community college. Many of the teenagers in the program earn their first paycheck through FPE, and the class gives them a financial framework as well as a taste of what it feels like to be in a college setting.


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Thank you to all the hardworking and dedicated agencies and housing professionals who took the time to submit entries. As always, there was an abundance of incredible entries to review. Visit the link below to sign up for notifications about next year's awards and conference!

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Topics: NMA Housing Awards, The Housing Conference

Four weeks to enter the NMA Housing Awards!

Posted by NMA on Aug 6, 2018 3:13:51 PM

Have you sent us your application yet for the 2018 NMA Housing AwardsEntries are due Friday, August 31, 2018. Entries must be postmarked or emailed by that date.

If you haven't entered yet, now is your opportunity to share all the amazing work your agency has done for the community. Award winners will be presented with an engraved trophy at The Housing Conference next February in New Orleans.

2018 NMA Development Award

NMA honors the outstanding achievement of housing authorities or associations in affordable housing with the NMA Development Award. One award will be given to an agency with 2500 or more units and one to an agency with 2499 or fewer units. Unit size is based on the total number of housing units.

This award category includes initiatives such as new development or construction, green initiatives, property improvements, or out-of-the-box financing.

2018 NMA Resident Service Award

The NMA Resident Service Award is sponsored by NMA to recognize housing authorities who are leaders in the affordable housing industry through their community outreach and efforts to improve the future of the families they serve. One award will be given to an agency with 2500 or more units and one to an agency with 2499 or fewer units. Unit size is based on the total number of housing units.

Each entry must be limited to one specific service initiative. Examples of such initiatives are self-sufficiency programs, community projects, education, or other resident or participant initiatives.

How To Apply

You can download the entry form on our website. Go here to read about last year's winners. We look forward to reading your entries!

Nominate your PHA

Topics: NMA Housing Awards, The Housing Conference, company news

2018 NMA Housing Awards now open for entries

Posted by NMA on Jul 11, 2018 11:02:57 AM

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Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 NMA Housing Awards. Entries are due Friday, August 31, 2018.

The NMA Housing Awards is an annual event created to recognize innovative housing solutions in communities nationwide. Award winners will be presented with an engraved trophy at The Housing Conference next February in New Orleans.

2018 NMA Development Award

NMA honors the outstanding achievement of housing authorities or associations in affordable housing with the NMA Development Award. One award will be given to an agency with 2500 or more units and one to an agency with 2499 or fewer units. Unit size is based on the total number of housing units.

This award category includes initiatives such as new development or construction, green initiatives, property improvements, or out-of-the-box financing.

2018 NMA Resident Service Award

The NMA Resident Service Award is sponsored by NMA to recognize housing authorities who are leaders in the affordable housing industry through their community outreach and efforts to improve the future of the families they serve. One award will be given to an agency with 2500 or more units and one to an agency with 2499 or fewer units. Unit size is based on the total number of housing units.

Each entry must be limited to one specific service initiative. Examples of such initiatives are self-sufficiency programs, community projects, education, or other resident or participant initiatives.

How To Apply

You can download the entry form on our website. Go here to read about last year's winners. We look forward to reading your entries!

Nominate your PHA

Topics: NMA Housing Awards, The Housing Conference, company news

From the Desk of John McKay: 9.14.2017

Posted by NMA on Sep 14, 2017 5:00:00 AM

John McKayOur fifth annual national housing conference was our best one yet, and we couldn't have done it without you! Thank you to everyone who joined us at the The Housing Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. To view the gallery of photos from the event, go here. I’d like to extend a warm thank-you to our generous sponsors, GoSection8 and HAI Group, who helped make the conference a very special event.

It was a real joy to have wonderful conversations with so many passionate and insightful members of our industry who appreciate the particular challenges and successes we all navigate, whether new to affordable housing or an old pro. I continue to be inspired by all of the ways you're improving the lives of the families in your communities. For some more incredible achievements, go here to read about the honorees of the 2017 NMA Housing Awards.

If you missed us in Boston, we'd love to say hi to you at another event! The NMA team will be attending a couple of conferences next month. I'll be attending national NAHRO, and you can meet Sheryl Putnam and Samantha Sowards at the New England Affordable Housing Management Association (NEAHMA). Stop by our booth, pick up some goodies, and chat with us!

Stay tuned for more updates!

John McKay has been with NMA since 1998, and has served as CEO of the company since 2007. He brings his knowledge of housing regulations and industry best practices into his role as project executive on many of NMA’s contracts with large housing authority clients and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He has assessed, analyzed, and provided feedback to some of the country’s most well-run private and public organizations.

Topics: HAI Group, NMA Housing Awards, The Housing Conference

Announcing: The winners of the 2017 NMA Housing Awards!

Posted by NMA on Aug 29, 2017 10:06:04 AM

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Last week at our fifth annual national housing conference in Boston, Nan McKay and Associates announced the winners of the 2017 NMA Housing Awards. We first launched these awards a decade ago to recognize excellence and innovation in the affordable housing industry.

Since then, we’ve been honored to read and evaluate a great number of worthy entries, and this year was no exception. Read on to learn more about this year’s winning agencies.

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2017 Development Award
Large Agency

Valencia Grove
Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino

Built in 1942, Valencia Grove wasthe first public housing site built in the County of San Bernardino. The original 115 public housing unit site was long overdue for a major revitalization. In 2013, the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino (HACSB) and its’ affiliate non‐profit developer, Housing Partners I, Inc. began the revitalization of its first public housing site in Redlands. The revitalization of this public housing site consists of a three pronged innovative approach: 1) demolition through a deconstruction/construction program; 2) use of factory‐built modular units; and 3) transitioned away from a traditional public housing site to a mixed‐used community (eventually to include homeownership), with a multi‐use educational and recreational facility.

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2017 Development Award
Small Agency

Richards Crossing
Nevada Rural Housing Authority

NRHA has been instrumental in the development of the supportive housing project, Richards Crossing in Carson City. This innovative and unique new construction project is highly needed in the area and the first of its kind in northern Nevada. Richards Crossing includes 38 affordable housing units developed specifically for the homeless and extremely low-income individuals. Eight units will be reserved for chronically homeless veterans who receive rental assistance from the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA), while the other 30 units will receive Section 8 project-based rental assistance.

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2017 Development Award
Honorable Mention

Legacy Commons
Fresno

Legacy Commons is a brand new innovative multi-family housing community in southwest Fresno. Designed to provide high-quality, affordable housing with modern amenities and on site services, the Mediterranean style apartment homes consists of one, two, three, and four bedroom apartment homes for a total of 128 units. Legacy Commons offers several impactful amenities including a community multi-purpose room with a kitchen, on site recording studio, fitness center, play structures and a swimming pool.

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2017 Resident Service Award
Large Agency

Food Business Pathways
New York City Housing Authority

In 2014, NYCHA, NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), and NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) with support from Citi Community Development and nonprofits Hot Bread Kitchen and Start Small Think Big collaborated in an unprecedented way to develop a full-scale business career accelerator called Food Business Pathways (FBP). Food Business Pathways is part of Doorways to Opportunity, a $1.4 million investment from Citi Community Development to expand access to economic opportunities through a network of community services.

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2017 Resident Service Award
Large Agency

M.O.V.E.
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) developed the M.O.V.E. Program in November of 2015. M.O.V.E. stands for Motivate, Opportunity, Vision and Empowerment and focuses on providing employment, job training, educational opportunities and support services to the Asset Management residents, Housing Choice Voucher participants, and Section 3 residents. That effort increases their chances of becoming economically self-sufficient.

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2017 Resident Service Award
Small Agency

Summer BreakSpot Mobile Program
Broward County Housing Authority

Broward County Housing Authority (BCHA) partnered with community agencies in an innovative program called Summer BreakSpot Mobile Program (SBSP) of Broward County to provide nutritious lunches and snacks to local children/young adults ages 0-18. The program operates in summer months from June through August, and combines healthy food choices with nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, a literacy program, physical fitness, personal enrichment workshops, and other fun activities. At its inception the program started with 7 feeding sites and as of summer 2016 it has grown to host 75 locations, which includes over 60 community partners.

The NMA Housing Awards is an annual event created to honor agencies that build bridges to the future and generate real change in their communities and the affordable housing industry. Entries for the 2018 awards will open this spring.

Topics: NMA Housing Awards, The Housing Conference

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