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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.

SD Housing Commission

 

 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!

Sign up to be notified when the 2019 NMA Housing Awards open 

Topics: NMA Housing Awards, The Housing Conference

The Housing Conference and Mardi Gras

Posted by NMA on Feb 7, 2019 11:27:36 AM

Mardi Gras

With the sixth annual The Housing Conference just weeks away, we're packing our boxes and getting ready for the big show! The conference takes place Feb 25–26 in New Orleans, Louisiana and falls between the first and second weekend of Mardi Gras.

This means attendees might run into delays on Sunday, February 24 due to parades. If you plan on getting to the hotel from Canal Street, please be advised parts of the street will be closed and you'll need to find an alternate route. The hotel will still be accessible through the French Quarter as usual. If you take a taxi or use a ride-sharing app, those drivers should be well aware of the happenings in the city and should get you to the hotel with little problem.

Of course, any Mardi Gras party should include a Bourbon Street balcony, and ours is no exception! All conference attendees are cordially invited to join the NMA team for a cocktail reception hosted by GoSection8.com. Located just five blocks from the conference at 516 Bourbon Street, The Swamp offers the quintessential French Quarter courtyard experience along with a balcony big enough for everyone to enjoy. Mark your calendar for Monday night, 5–7 p.m., because this is one party you won't want to miss.

For more information on Mardi Gras routes and times, please visit the Mardi Gras New Orleans website.

Register for The Housing Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana

Topics: The Housing Conference

Book your hotel for The Housing Conference

Posted by NMA on Feb 1, 2019 8:45:00 AM

The Housing Conference in New Orleans is coming up fast! If you haven't booked your hotel room, make sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible. Once our room block is filled, you won't be able to take advantage of our special room rate.

To receive the room block discount, use our referral link here.

New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130-2349
Phone: (504) 581-1000

Hotel rate: $209 per night
Book hotel by 2/04/19

At this year's Housing Conference, attendees will enjoy stunning views and exceptional dining options of New Orleans' legendary French Quarter, along with two very full days of training, insight, and discussion with colleagues and industry experts. Attendees also have the option of attending two post-conference seminars on Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) and HCV and Public Housing Rent Calculation.

Explore The Housing Conference Agenda and Seminars Here

Topics: 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

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