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Housing North Carolina Awards

Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your work in affordable housing or to nominate someone else for their excellence. The 28th annual Housing North Carolina Awards will celebrate the best affordable housing in the state—housing that improves the lives of residents and their communities.

Recognition will be given in the following categories: Homeownership Developments, Rental Apartments, and Supportive Housing.

Winners will be showcased at a special luncheon during the 2017 North Carolina Affordable Housing Conference, October 25 and 26, in Raleigh, NC. In addition, the winning developments will be announced to the local news media and, by letter, to representatives in Congress and the General Assembly.

Who should enter?

  • Private developers
  • Nonprofit housing sponsors
  • City and county governments
  • Lead regional agencies

Criteria for judging 

Entries will be judged on:

  • Design (attractiveness, appropriateness, innovation, resource efficiency, and other factors)
  • Sustainability (provisions to ensure the property will continue to be both affordable and attractive, including deed restrictions, quality construction, energy-saving construction)
  • Contribution to the local community (including meeting market needs, furthering local policy goals, and similar factors)
  • Special features, such as supportive services to residents, creative financing partnerships, and others.

Threshold qualifications for entering

Properties do not need to use financing from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency to be eligible. The threshold qualifications, by category, are:

Homeownership Production

  • Subdivisions and scattered-site developments of new construction or substantial rehab (at least $20,000 per home), stick-built or modular, single-family or condominiums.
  • At least four (4) homes or 75% of planned units with eligible sales prices not exceeding $195,000 that are completed, sold and occupied.
  • Certificate of occupancy issued between January 1, 2014 and January 1, 2017.

Rental Housing Production

  • Affordable developments produced by new construction or substantial rehab (at least $20,000 per unit)
  • Twenty-four (24) or more units affordable to households at or below 60% of county median income, or 60% of the median for the state’s non-metropolitan counties, whichever is greater.
  • Certificate of occupancy issued between January 1, 2014 and January 1, 2017.
  • Form 8609 issued for all properties financed with federal Housing Credits.

Supportive Housing Production

  • Emergency, transitional or permanent housing that provides services (project-based or program-based) for persons with special needs. These include homeless persons, victims of domestic violence, and persons with mental, physical or developmental disorders, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse disorders, or terminal illnesses.
  • At least four (4) units (or bedrooms) for individuals at or below 50% of county median income, or 50% of the median for the state’s non-metropolitan counties, whichever is greater.
  • Certificate of occupancy issued between January 1, 2014 and January 1, 2017.

Application Forms

Homeownership Developments
Rental Housing Production
Supportive Housing

You can also request an application by contacting Laura Parrish at 919-877-5611 or ljparrish@nchfa.com.

Application deadline: July 6, end of business.

Send your completed application to:

Madison Fisler Lewis
North Carolina Housing Finance Agency
3508 Bush Street
Raleigh, NC 27609-7509
Phone: 919-877-5607
Fax: 919-877-5701
E-mail: mflewis@nchfa.com

Questions?

If you would like to know more about the Housing North Carolina Awards, please contact Madison Fisler Lewis at 919-877-5608 or mflewis@nchfa.com.

2016 Housing North Carolina Award Winners