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WASHINGTON (July 13, 2020)
Four different affordable and workforce housing policies and programs put in place by the governments of Massachusetts; Houston, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Vail, Colorado have been selected as finalists for the 2020 ULI Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award. The annual award, presented by the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing, recognizes innovative ways the public sector is addressing the nation’s affordable housing crisis. This year’s winner will be announced in October.
The finalists are:
“It is a privilege to honor the memory of a great leader in housing and development through the ULI Terwilliger Center’s Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award,” said Christopher Ptomey, executive director, ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. “The finalists of this award have demonstrated unique and creative affordable housing strategies, and in the process have created models that other cities can use as a template for their own needs.”
The Larson Awards recognize exemplary state and local programs, policies, and practices that support the production, rehabilitation, or preservation of workforce and affordable housing. The program was created in 2011 to honor the legacy of the late Robert C. Larson, a former ULI Foundation chairman and a longtime ULI trustee. The Larson Awards are part of the ULI Terwilliger Center’s housing awards program, which honors developments and programs that provide affordable, well-designed, and accessible housing choices for people with a mix of incomes, including families earning up to 120 percent of an area’s median income.
The program recognizes states and localities that undertake a broad range of policy and administrative initiatives to support housing affordability. They can take the form of regulatory or administrative changes such as allowing higher densities and waiving fees, or programs that provide grants or financing assistance. Policy programs are judged on a variety of factors, including impact on the supply of workforce housing, comprehensiveness of the tools and programs employed, involvement of public/private partnerships, and the ability to leverage private and nonprofit funds, among other criteria.
ULI Terwilliger Center founder Ron Terwilliger, chairman, Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners, chaired the jury. In addition, this year’s other jury members are Alan George, executive vice president, Equity Residential, Chicago, Illinois; Nina Janopaul, president and chief executive officer, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, Arlington, Virginia; Mick Nelson, founder and chief executive officer, Nelson Community Partners, Nashville, Tennessee; Pam Patenaude, former deputy secretary, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Vienna, Virginia; Phillip Payne, co-founder and chairman, the Lotus Campaign, Charlotte, North Carolina; Jonathan Rose, president, Jonathan Rose Companies, New York, New York; Stacy Silber, principal, LerchEarlyBrewer, Bethesda, Maryland; Margaret Wylde, chief executive officer, ProMatura Group LLC, Oxford, Mississippi; and Bob Youngentob, president, EYA, Bethesda, Maryland.
NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS: Courtesy images of the Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award finalists are provided by ULI for use by members of the press upon request. For more details on the awards and previous winners, visit the Larson Awards homepage.
About the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing
The ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing conducts research, performs analysis, provides expert advice, and develops best practice recommendations that reflect the residential land use and development priorities of ULI members in all residential product types, with special attention to workforce and affordable housing. The center was established in 2007 with a gift from longtime member and former ULI chairman J. Ronald Terwilliger.